Setting default multimedia keyboard hotkeys/shortcuts/launch

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by Mike Pepe, Jun 10, 2007.

  1. Mike Pepe

    Mike Pepe Guest

    I have a Dell multimedia keyboard on an ABIT-based Athlon64x2 system.

    The keyboard has a bunch of multimedia control keys, which work fine
    (volume knob, playlist advance, mute, etc) in Winamp.

    However when I push the "music" button, WMP launches. In XP it used to
    launch Winamp, which is my preferred application to launch when I push
    that keyboard shortcut.

    Where in Vista is this defined, and how can I change it? I ran through
    the registry and didn't see anything obvious.


    Mike Pepe, Jun 10, 2007
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  2. Mike Pepe

    freddy Guest


    Try options in Start > All Programs > Default Programs.
    freddy, Jun 10, 2007
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  3. Mike Pepe

    Cal Bear '66 Guest

    Control Panel > Keyboard > Buttons tab

    Also, have you checked Dell for Vista keyboard updates?
    Cal Bear '66, Jun 10, 2007
  4. Mike Pepe

    Mike Pepe Guest

    That's a good suggestion, but unfortunately Winamp doesn't appear in the
    list of programs to select default options for.
    Mike Pepe, Jun 10, 2007
  5. Mike Pepe

    Cal Bear '66 Guest

    Try double clicking on the button entry you want to change, on mine a dialog
    opens, in the first entry from the drop down list I chose Simple local file with
    label, the second entry type what you want to appear on the screen when the
    button is pressed, and in the third browse to the executable for the program I
    want to open.
    Cal Bear '66, Jun 10, 2007
  6. Mike Pepe

    Mike Pepe Guest

    There is no button entry. In doing more research, particularly in the
    Dell support forums, I've come to the conclusion that the only way to
    make that tab appear would be to install Dell's keyboard driver.
    Unforutnately the SK-8135 driver is "included" with the CD that ships
    with a new Dell PC, so there's apparently no way to get this driver,
    other than buying a new Dell.

    Now, the bizarre thing about this is, I've got another, identical
    keyboard on the wife's pc, a non-Dell PC we built from scratch... and on
    her PC, pushing the music key launches Winamp.

    There's a setting somewhere that controls this. I guess nobody knows
    where it is. :)
    Mike Pepe, Jun 11, 2007
  7. Mike Pepe

    Cal Bear '66 Guest

    Have you tried to contact Dell?
    Cal Bear '66, Jun 11, 2007
  8. Mike Pepe

    Mike Pepe Guest

    Yeah. They're clueless. Quite a few people on their support forums are
    bitching about the same issue.
    Mike Pepe, Jun 14, 2007
  9. Mike Pepe

    Mike Pepe Guest

    Problem solved thanks to Mark Russinovich and Process Monitor!


    By default, pressing "Button 16" on this keyboard launches the default
    application associated with .cda files.

    Even though winamp and wmp were set to play .cda files, only wmp shows
    up in the default programs list in control panel, so it's settings "stuck".

    I changed the value in that registry entry to .flac, which winamp plays
    but wmp does not. Success! the keyboard shortcut now launches winamp.
    Mike Pepe, Jun 30, 2007
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