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Hi :)
Errr, i wouldn't have thought of poking around in the bios but it's a
brilliant idea!
Regards from
Tom :)

On 14 August 2014 08:36, Tom Davies <> wrote:

Hi :)
I agree with Jean-Francois Nifenecker that it might be worth poking
around in the Bios.

It's a scary thing for most normal users but i'm guessing you've already
had a look back when you changed the boot-order to install non-Windows.
So, you already know that you can poke around quite a bit to explore and
then escape without saving changes.

I tend to use that "Exit without saving changes" to allow me to explore,
exit and then back in again to make the specific changes i want.  Also i
find it's worth taking photos of the different screens before making
adjustments or to jot down the changes i make so that if it does go weird i
can get it back to the way it was before without having to take the mbord
battery out to reset it.

Windows wont have any effect on anything outside of itself.  It can't even
see non-Windows partitions and often claims such things don't exist.

However there is firmware but that is between the hardware manufacturer
and your machine.  It's nothing to do with MS.

Some distros are better at hardware detection than others.  Some prefer
one set of defaults others prefer different configurations.  Apparently
Mint is the only one to think that you might prefer the manufacturers
defaults rather than the FOSS ones.

An interesting thread!  Thanks! :))
Regards from
Tom :)

On 14 August 2014 06:29, Thomas Blasejewicz <> wrote:

(2014/08/14 12:39), Tim Lloyd wrote:

I downloaded Mint 17 which is running LO I looked in writer and
calc where F5 and F11 were behaving as normal (navigator & styles and

I have noted though that behaviour is not consistent across the distros
you have tested which may point at Mint. I can't for the life of me think
why though!

I was one of the respondents to your post on linuxquestions. A
suggestion...let's give it another day for responses to filter through
there. If nothing useful comes out, how about asking the linuxquestions
admin people to move the post to the mint forum? I think reps of the distro
hang around at that forum so may be able to advise one way or the other.


On 14/08/14 12:31, Thomas Blasejewicz wrote:

(2014/08/14 10:55), Paul wrote:

Hi Thomas,


 I also thought about that already, although I have currently no idea
how to change that keyboard behavior.
BUT ... if that were true ..would / should LibreOffice not behave in
the same way under Ubuntu (Unity desktop), Xubuntu (XFCE) and Mint

If I revall correctly (this is an old PC of my daugther), I borrowed it
a few years back when I had to spend a week away from home.
At that time the PC was running Windows Vista and I used LibreOffice in
that environment, but do not remember any such behavior ...

 Thank you all!
By now I figured out, that you have to combine EVERY function key with
the Fn key.
If you do so, it works. Have not yet tested all possible combinations.

This is not perfect, but I will still with this, and not go back to Unity.

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