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Offline kirin-rex

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Japanese Epson Laptop - keyboard help and Japanese font help
« on: April 01, 2020, 10:29:41 PM »
Background:  A few years ago, a coworker set up our ancient Japanese Epson laptops with tiny core so that I didn't have to throw them away.  Unfortunately, he no longer works here, and I'm not very knowledgeable about Tiny Core (but I'm learning!)

So I'd like, if possible, to fix the keyboard settings and be able to read Japanese writing on the internet.

PROBLEM 1
Japanese Epson Laptop with JIS keyboard can type, but some symbols are in typical English qwerty locations instead of JIS locations (example:  shift+2 is @ instead of ").

Followed directions in FAQ:
http://tinycorelinux.net/faq.html#keyboard

Installed keymaps.tcz.
Tried code:
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sudo loadkmap < /usr/share/kmap/qwerty/fi-latin9.kmapbut it doesn't change the symbols

Not a big deal, since I can figure it out, but it would be convenient if I could get it to work.
Is there something else I'm not doing?

I tried adding above code (minus sudo) to bootlocal.sh, but again, no change.  Not broken, but could be better.

Problem 2
I want to be able to read Japanese on the internet.  I don't care if I can't type Japanese (though that would be convenient, it's not 100% necessary), but being able to view Japanese characters on websites would be useful.

I downloaded some fonts from google fonts.

I want to put them in /usr/share/fonts (I'm using a file manager called SpaceFM as a gui for file folders to copy paste), but it tells me I don't have permission.

I'm not sure how to proceed.  Advice?

Thanks in advance.

Offline kirin-rex

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Re: Japanese Epson Laptop - keyboard help and Japanese font help
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2020, 11:17:02 PM »
Okay, solved the font problem.  I kept getting permission denied, so finally, following advice I found in a ubuntu forum, I used the following code in terminal to manually transfer a ttf file:

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sude cp -f /sdb1/MPLUS1p-Medium.ttf /usr/share/fonts/
That successfully transferred the file without error, and I can now look at web pages in Japanese using the laptop.

So, 1 problem down.  Now, if I can just figure out the keyboard.  Again, not a huge deal.  We can adapt, but it would be nice ...

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Re: Japanese Epson Laptop - keyboard help and Japanese font help
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2020, 05:45:42 AM »
Hi kirin-rex
Load  kmaps.tcz.  Click on the  Exit  icon and select  Exit to Prompt.  Then execute the following command:
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sudo loadkmap < /usr/share/kmap/qwerty/fi-latin9.kmap
startx
If the keyboard is to your liking, click on the  Editor  icon and add the following line to your  /opt/bootlocal.sh  file:
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loadkmap < /usr/share/kmap/qwerty/fi-latin9.kmap
The  fi-latin9.kmap  is a  Finnish  keymap.  Maybe you meant  jp106.map ?