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KHarvey:
I apologize if this is not in the right forum.  I have been reading on kmaps for the past hour and I want to make sure what I want to do is not possible.

Is it possible to change keyboard maps while still in X?  I speak in both English (US) and Japanese and I would like the ability to change between the two keyboard maps.  So far the only way I have found to do this is if I close X, loadkmap, then startx.  I am running Xorg, is there a way for me to change on the fly?  Or by running a command without exiting X?

I am currently running an older version of TC (4.1) but I will be updating in the next couple of weeks to the newer version.

Rich:
Hi KHarvey
You could try this suggestion by vinnie:
http://forum.tinycorelinux.net/index.php/topic,13283.msg73665.html#msg73665
This thread might also be worth reading:
http://forum.tinycorelinux.net/index.php/topic,13074.msg72015.html#msg72015

waterleat:
I followed 1st link as suggested by Rich  which does not quite deal with my problem But with no disrespect to AbNoRMiS reading of FAQ and Persistence section and ... and ... and by the time I had read the 6th set I have no idea what all the words mean! they are not really in plain English

I followed the 2nd link as suggested by Rich which is much nearer what I want but is no use because exiting to prompt gives me a "black screen of death" I am using acer laptop travelmate 292Lci which I had to use i915.modeset=1 when I installed Ubuntu 10.04. this poster ther had an Acer aspire but no acer specific solution mentioned.

I have version = 4.5.4
Using flwm topside (1st on CD) opt,home&tce = sda1 swap = sda2
I forgot keymap at boot I want it to be uk Where do I go to edit the bootcodes now that I have installed it on hard drive
If I boot from Cd it finds installed apps on hard drive and I can't do fresh install because partition already has OS on it. to me that is hardly live CD only perhaps that problem is dealt with elsewhere on the forum

I really like the concept of TCL but it sometimes appears that one needs a PhD in linux OS to follow some steps

Rich:
Hi waterleat

--- Quote ---exiting to prompt gives me a "black screen of death"
--- End quote ---
Sometimes after hitting  Ctrl-Alt-Backspace  you need to hit the carriage return to get a prompt.

--- Quote ---Where do I go to edit the bootcodes now that I have installed it on hard drive
--- End quote ---
Go to  /mnt/sda1/boot. One of the subdirectories there should contain a  .conf  file you can edit.

AbNoRMiS:
if the following command will enable to switch your keyboard layouts

--- Code: ---setxkbmap -layout 'us,jp' -option 'grp:ctrl_shift_toggle,grp_led:scroll'
--- End code ---
then you can make it permanent on boot

--- Code: ---echo "setxkbmap -layout 'us,jp' -option 'grp:ctrl_shift_toggle,grp_led:scroll'" > ~/.X.d/setxkbmap
--- End code ---

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