Can I replace japan keyboard to universal ThinkPad x240
any keyboard that is compatible with your X series will fit in, check ebay.
modded mine from qwerty to azerty
Man up and learn to touch type, I have french, German and Japanese keyboards all bound to English in windows
Which version of windows are you using? Anything XP or after has either automatic switching or a setting in the keyboard section.
but isn't there microcode embedded in the bios related to the keyboard layout? I mean you can remap the layout in the OS itself but the BIOS will always think you are using a Japanese layout right?
US isn't very "normal" but the english has an advantage: digit keys. in french classic you need to hold SHIFT OR HAVE A NUM PAD, A
But at least BIOS knows these fixed key code. Japanese keywords only added few more key codes than US keyboards.
not really but yes really too; the bios receive the PS2 codes, raw hex data; then has its own keymap - some adapt to the region or can be modified like azerty to qwerty. it's the software that interprets hex codes to ascii values, what should be on windows however is an utility to customize keys, like Randyrant's sharpkeys that simplifies the mapping of the keyboard. On Linux I rather modify a text file in ect/kbd something that contains the locale ( fr; en...) to fit the reality or rather how I type.
anyways you don't really look at the keyboard when you type, your brain also have its own driver for your hands and fingers with time and habits.
reminds me on linux forums «what are you doing? you modified the system file as root instead of using xmodmap for your profile» me: YES