keyboard remapping + installing DVD software

Jensen Somers jensen.somers at
Sat Nov 17 16:32:27 UTC 2007


On Nov 17, 2007 5:06 PM, Robert Alcock <ralcock at> wrote:
> hi
> I'm a new user of Ubuntu - just installed version 7.10 on my old Sharp
> laptop. So far so good, but I'd very much appreciate it if anyone could
> help me out with a couple of problems I've encountered...
> 1. The "w" key on my keyboard has died (wouldn't you know it?) and
> rather than get a new keyboard, I thought I'd try and remap one of the
> lesser used keys, like the ` key (I never use it) to be a "w" instead.
> Has anyone got any idea how, or even if, this can be done in Ubuntu?

Can't really help you with that one, sorry.

> 2. I've tried playing DVDs on the laptop. It comes up with a dialog box
> called "install multimedia codecs" where it asks me to tick a box called
> "GStreamer extra plugins". When I tick it asks me to "confirm
> installation of restricted software" which I do (local law permits this)
> but then it says "The list of application s is not available - Click on
> 'Reload' to reload it". When I click, it takes me right back to where I
> started. What should I do?

Another option would be to install those via the Add/Remove utility.
Select it from the Applications menu. In the right-top corner you have
a drop-down list. Select "All available applications" and choose
Sound/Video from the left menu. Scroll down until you encounter
GStreamer en check all the GStreamer related packages. Click "Apply
Changes" to install them and you should be able to play DVD's and most
other media formats.

> Many thanks
> Robert

- Jensen
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