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Old March 31st, 2011, 05:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I know there have been threads that discussed the keyboard, but I thought this would be a nice thread to keep ongoing questions and discussion about it. With that said, I will post my first questions:

Does anyone know of a way to flip from tab to tab within the browser? On my PCs, I just press ctrl+tab. But that does not work on this keyboard, nor does ctrl+w (used to close a tab). However, ctrl+t works fine to open a new tab.

Has anyone else experienced the sudden creation of multiple blank spaces instead of letters? As I was typing this, i found a couple times where there would be large breaks in my text with empty spaces, rather than actual text.

Has anyone else experienced the repeated character flaw? There have been a few times where it duplicates letters/spaces/numbers as I'm typing. Or so much as creating a few lines of text full of the same letter, as though a key was stuck. But, a few seconds of patience and the next few characters typed appear.


I just received my Keyboard in the mail today, so I'll give it some time. But as yet, there's no chance I'm showing my wife. She'll say I wasted my money

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yes to all those issues you have noticed.

its not the keyboard its more so the BT stack within the xoom tablet.

to test you can pair the bt keyboard to another device and will probably notice you wont get the stuck keys, blank spaces, etc. this has been known and motorola knows about it.

a way to stop the keyboard from sticking keys is to turn off the bt keyboard OR press the keyboard icon on the lower right notification area on the xooms display. this will stop characters from appearing. keep it that way for a few seconds, 15 or -ish, and then tap the keyboard icon to close the notification display. the board should re-acquaint itself with the tablet.

workarounds until moto releases a patch. this should, in theory, happen to any bt keyboard you pair with the xoom.
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Can you plug in any USB keyboard and have it work?

If I'm running a Windows app using the Citrix Receiver, can I expect the Ctrl and F# keys to work?

Can I plug a mouse into the USB port?
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you can not use a mouse with the xoom currently. we all expect this to be included at some point.

moto support has stated you can use a wired keyboard. i cant comment on if the Fn macros would work properly...
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I also have been having the repeating character problem, and have noticed at least one LONG thread on the Motorola support site with folks who have been having the problem. It is frustrating to say the least! I hope there is a fix coming soon, because it seems silly that my $600 Xoom has this problem when my $360 Viewsonic G-Tablet didn't.
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I just read that thread earlier today.
Personally I'm glad it's not the keyboard. (-It's not like it's going to be getting a software update.)
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Today, I tried using the BT Keyboard while working on a Quick Office Spreadsheet. It definitely had some serious issues. Once I pressed "shift" in a cell, all subsequent characters were also capitalized, as though I'd accidebtly pressed the "caps lock". Very odd. The same thing occurred with the symbols on the number buttons. I kept getting a symbol rather than an actual number.

Anyone experience this?
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Does anybody have one of these?

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I bought the Motorola keyboard today. It's much better than the onscreen keyboad. However, I instaltly noticed the repeating characters. There is also a lag when typing through web page.

Also, I heard they design this keyboard for Android. So I would ask, where is the switching app key? There is the back key, home key, and the menu key.

Also Ctrl C and Ctrl V works as copy and paste works at certain app. Ctrl Z undo doesn't exist.

Does anybody know what's that key left of the END key is for? It has 3 horizontal lines.

I also hoope the Ctrl Left and Ctrl Right will work too. But it doesn't.
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the horizontal lines key is an unused key on the board.

the lag is not on all forums. this forum and one other forum there is lag for me but thats it. we have all commented on how it lags in this forum.

the board is just fine. moto needs to add more functionality in the BT stack on the xoom itself. so you will miss a couple features.
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Then anybody knows what's the 3 horizontal line key is for?

The lag is pretty much in every web page I experienced. Even just a web page with a simple form, the lag is pretty bad.
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uinderstood. and its unfortunate every forum is that way for you.

the no working key is to bring up "options" when in certain pages. the xoom has the same icon top right in some screens. if you go to the market you will see this icon. but as of now its not used for the xoom.
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I don't think that's the same key. The key on the keyboard has 3 horizontal lines. The options icon on top right has 4 lines. Also, the menu key next to the right Search key (near the space bar) will pull down the options icon on the top right of the screen.

So that key with 3 horizontal lines is unknown.

Interested enough,there is an "End"key but there isn't an "Home" key. Not the Home screen key, but moving the cursor to the beginning of a line Home key.

It's just seem like it's another half baked product motorola launched to consumers to have us scratch our head for.

I'm still waiting for the MicroSD card slot to be function..:\
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this was answered by a moto tech and this is what the moto tech stated the key was for. its not used on the xoom but is used on other moto-android products. its not a user enabled key so its of little value to the xoom. again from the moto tech.
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I received my keyboard the other day and loving it so far.. Today the HD Dock came in and wow I love this setup!

Keyboard is nice, I love the layout and the chicklet style. Just wish it had a small backlight and perhaps a dedicated key to wake up from sleep mode; other than those 2 small complaints I love it so far.

The HD dock is excellent add on. With built in speakers and a mini sub, I no longer needed to have my powered speakers on my desk, so another item unplugged from my now shrinking power strip. I really hope they can enable touchpad / mouse support.
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Keyboard for tablets always makes life easy.
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I love the keyboard WHEN it's working properly. I can't tell you how close I was to breaking it the other day when I got the redundant key error twice.

There is a specific forums that is rather finicky when visited from a mobile browser. Until a recent update, I couldn't even post on the site via my phone. But, it's still odd. It doesn't support any keyboard based text prediction/autocorrect for any of the touch-based keyboards. So, I have to do all typing the old-fasioned way by spell-checking by myself.

Anyway, from my Xoom, it's the same thing. Problem is, when the redundant-key error kicks in and I have to access the settings to toggle BlueTooth, I then return to Dolphin HD and the page reloads, leaving my input window completely BLANK. It did this twice to me while typing a huge PM.

I ended up having to use my laptop so that I didn't start breaking things. Later, I learned that the Xoom Stock Browser handles it perfectly, but the stability of that browser is another issue entirely.

Point being, the unpredictability of the keyboard left me stranded, having to retype a very detailed message TWICE. Very frustrating and feeling the urge to listen to some RATM.
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Does anyone use the keyboard while using LogMeIn for a remote desktop connection? Man, a functional keyboard would make remote access way better.
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Does anyone use the keyboard while using LogMeIn for a remote desktop connection? Man, a functional keyboard would make remote access way better.

I have this question as well. I use LMI to check and answer work emails and would really like to use a keyboard and mouse.

Is there a keyboard that works with LMI?

Is there a mouse that would work with LMI?
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According to LMI support:

"External keyboards are not really supported.
Basic typing may work, but function keys, shift keys, special keys and numpad will all fail."
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Still no fix for the repeating keys with the new 3.1 update. Sure hope they fix this and yes, other keyboards do it too so it is the Bluetooth stack that's at issue.
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i have the moto keyboard and now paired a dinovo edge full size board w/trackpad. i have not experienced any stuck keys since the 3.1 update.. by now i would have. however, i will take notice of your statement.


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Still no fix for the repeating keys with the new 3.1 update. Sure hope they fix this and yes, other keyboards do it too so it is the Bluetooth stack that's at issue.
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Installing the Tiamat kernel fixed it for me under 3.0, and it has remained fixed under 3.1. So I would be curious if you are running a non-rooted OTA 3.1 and having the problem?
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I am unrooted and running the OTA on a 3g version.
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I went back and checked both of my keyboards again and you guys are calling it stuck keys but it appears to me it is a too fast repeat. Try pressing and holding a letter on your laptop and see how long it takes to repeat the key, then try it on a bluetooth keyboard on the Xoom. It is like a hair trigger. If I am off base please let me know.
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I just received my motorola bluetooth keyboard and there are some things I couldn't find out:

- Is there any key for the recent/running apps? (third button of the status bar)
- the function keys F1, etc what are they for?
OK UNUSED --> what does the mysterious key between the GMAIL and the END key at the upper right corner?
- is there any way to use the google search without touching the screen?
- is there any way to customize the quick access to apps using Ctrl+G, Ctrl+C, etc ?

web navigator related:
- is there any way to change tabs?
- with Ctrl+W it always closes at least a couple of tabs, this is very bad
- Ctrl + < back, Ctrl + > forward, this is good
- Ctrl + T opens a new tab, nice

Have you found out more key combinations?

Many Thanks in advance,
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Just bought he Logitech Bluetooth keyboard for androids for my Xoom.Pairing was a snap. So far I like the weight the device (fairly light). and the feel of the keys. So far so Good!
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'external keyboards not supported' ? owww! i just bought a cool black leather khomo case - esp the GREAT detachable keyboard ! except that my xoom bt doesn't recognze it.
am i doomed or is there a go round . greatful for any suggestions...
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I just got the motorola keyboard and mouse today, must say iam impressed, looks very nice and seems to work fine, makes typing this much easier and quicker! Only problem I am finding is I cant get it to do a '@' symbol (I just had to go back to the touch screen keyboard to do that one)
Everytime I press it I get this: ' and when I hold the shift key down I get this: "

I just realised that when I hold down shift and the number 2 I get a @ symbol, it looks like my keys are a little messed up!
Anybody else had this problem?
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I just got the motorola keyboard and mouse today, must say iam impressed, looks very nice and seems to work fine, makes typing this much easier and quicker! Only problem I am finding is I cant get it to do a '@' symbol (I just had to go back to the touch screen keyboard to do that one)
Everytime I press it I get this: ' and when I hold the shift key down I get this: "

I just realised that when I hold down shift and the number 2 I get a @ symbol, it looks like my keys are a little messed up!
Anybody else had this problem?
Mines the same, I think it's to do with the xoom and language/keyboard settings. I have looked into it before and not sure if there was a work around, it's just something I have got used to now. Also when I use the keyboard with other devices the keys work properly
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I received my keyboard the other day and loving it so far.. Today the HD Dock came in and wow I love this setup!

Keyboard is nice, I love the layout and the chicklet style. Just wish it had a small backlight and perhaps a dedicated key to wake up from sleep mode; other than those 2 small complaints I love it so far.

The HD dock is excellent add on. With built in speakers and a mini sub, I no longer needed to have my powered speakers on my desk, so another item unplugged from my now shrinking power strip. I really hope they can enable touchpad / mouse support.
Where did u purchase the dock and what exactly does it do, sorry but I am a new tablet user...would love to get the best accessories for my Xoom. Also love to know what brand and where to get the Bluetooth keyboard for the Xoom..want to have speakers as well if u have any suggestions it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for any help :-)
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There are 2 docks from moto for the xoom. The first is the standard dock which charges your xoom and as a jack to plug in speakers. The second is the HD dock which chargers your xoom, has built in speakers and a hdmi output port.

HD speaker dock $19.99

Sd Dock $12.99

Xoom bluetooth Keyboard $22.99
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I would also go an pester your local Verizon stores. Ask them to look in the back where they put things no longer actively sold. I did this about 5 months ago and got a couple of standard docks for $5 ea and a couple of HD docks for $10 ea, as well as the Folio case $8, and gel case (pink, for the wife's Xoom) for $3.
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