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Just installed Witcher 2, along with all the patches, and tried to start a new game. Skipped the tutorial, and skipped all the videos, talking and such by right-clicking until Geralt was standing in the tent.

However, i could not get him to walk. Neither WASD, nor the cursor keys are being acknowledged as movement keys. It does however acknowledge some keys. F for centering camera, Q for drawing weapon, space for rolling, and E for blocking. Using these i was able to move him around.

So, this problem is centered exclusively around the movement keys.

I checked the key config in the launcher and it says WASD as it should. I did however note that i could not change any of these keys. (I assume this is some developer-side consolification idiocy.)

So, did i spend money on a hopelessly broken product or is this just something they never bothered to fix and can be worked around easily?
Post edited February 05, 2013 by Mithaldu
This question / problem has been solved by cjrgreenimage
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Mithaldu: Just installed Witcher, along with all the patches, and tried to start a new game. Skipped the tutorial, and skipped all the videos, talking and such by right-clicking until Geralt was standing in the tent.

However, i could not get him to walk. Neither WASD, nor the cursor keys are being acknowledged as movement keys. It does however acknowledge some keys. F for centering camera, Q for drawing weapon, space for rolling, and E for blocking. Using these i was able to move him around.

So, this problem is centered exclusively around the movement keys.

I checked the key config in the launcher and it says WASD as it should. I did however note that i could not change any of these keys. (I assume this is some developer-side consolification idiocy.)

So, did i spend money on a hopelessly broken product or is this just something they never bothered to fix and can be worked around easily?
The WASD keys work for everybody else, so I would not jump to the conclusion that the game is in any way broken or in need of fixing.

What keyboard are you using, and what other peripherals do you have attached?

In Windows Control Panel->Ease of Access->Make the keyboard easier to use, do you have "Filter keys" set? If so, clear it.
Post edited February 05, 2013 by cjrgreen
The machine is a Lenovo W520, no attachments but a network cable and a power cable.

(Did you really need to quote my entire post? It doesn't really help with readability here. ;))
do you have "Filter keys" set? If so, clear it.
Nothing there is set.
Post edited February 05, 2013 by Mithaldu
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Mithaldu: The machine is a Lenovo W520, no attachments but a network cable and a power cable.

(Did you really need to quote my entire post? It doesn't really help with readability here. ;))

do you have "Filter keys" set? If so, clear it.
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Mithaldu: Nothing there is set.
Sorry; it's not customary to trim posts on this board when they have information that is likely to be useful.

The stock keyboard's known to be troublesome. Especially if you have taken it off, or somebody working on your computer took it off. The keyboard has to be taken off to get access to the mSATA slot. Others have reported that Windows 7 doesn't play nice with it or it needs a BIOS update.

How does the game fare if you connect a USB keyboard?
I know the stock keyboard is troublesome in that it can't handle many keypresses at once. I'm pressing single keys here though. It has never been removed and never made any problem in other games. (I'm also fairly sure that i updated the BIOS just 2 months ago.) I am running Win 7, yes, but i would be *extremely* surprised if that made an issue only for Witcher 2.

With a Logitech Comfort Wave 450 (the business edition) the behavior is identical.

I also noted that while alt+tab still works, the windows key is ignored as well. Is that normal?
Post edited February 05, 2013 by Mithaldu
Sorry Op, nothing that's happening with your keyboard is normal. I just used mine, and everything works like it should. Is your keyboard wireless?
Ok, figured it out. No idea how this got through testing, but in the configurator i selected the german keyboard layout, QWERTZ. Among others, that file has these lines:

IK_A=(Gamekey=GI_AxisLeftX,Value=-1.000000)
...
IK_D=(Gamekey=GI_AxisLeftX,Value=1.000000)
...
IK_S=(Gamekey=GI_AxisLeftY,Value=-1.000000)
...
IK_W=(Gamekey=GI_AxisLeftY,Value=1.000000)
...
IK_W=(Gamekey=GI_Fistfight1,Value=1.000000)
IK_S=(Gamekey=GI_Fistfight2,Value=-1.000000)
IK_A=(Gamekey=GI_Fistfight3,Value=-1.000000)
IK_D=(Gamekey=GI_Fistfight4,Value=1.000000)
Meaning by default the movement keys are overwritten with fist fight commands if you selected the german input layout.

Is there some way i can report this as an official bug so they can patch it and others don't fall afoul of this?

Edit: Someone quote me please so i can mark that post as solution.
Post edited February 05, 2013 by Mithaldu
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Mithaldu: Ok, figured it out. No idea how this got through testing, but in the configurator i selected the german keyboard layout, QWERTZ. Among others, that file has these lines:

IK_A=(Gamekey=GI_AxisLeftX,Value=-1.000000)
...
IK_D=(Gamekey=GI_AxisLeftX,Value=1.000000)
...
IK_S=(Gamekey=GI_AxisLeftY,Value=-1.000000)
...
IK_W=(Gamekey=GI_AxisLeftY,Value=1.000000)
...
IK_W=(Gamekey=GI_Fistfight1,Value=1.000000)
IK_S=(Gamekey=GI_Fistfight2,Value=-1.000000)
IK_A=(Gamekey=GI_Fistfight3,Value=-1.000000)
IK_D=(Gamekey=GI_Fistfight4,Value=1.000000)
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Mithaldu: Meaning by default the movement keys are overwritten with fist fight commands if you selected the german input layout.

Is there some way i can report this as an official bug so they can patch it and others don't fall afoul of this?

Edit: Someone quote me please so i can mark that post as solution.
Good find :) I don't know that the German keyboard layout has ever been reported as a problem. There's a semi-official thread for bugs that affect a whole class of users like that here on the Witcher forum: http://en.thewitcher.com/forum/index.php?/topic/29683-ee-bug-list-for-pc/
Thanks, i'll try posting there. :)
Nice find there.