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Using Raw Input from C# to handle multiple keyboards

, , 8 Mar 2013 CPOL
Windows XP supports multiple keyboards, but by default, the .Net Framework will treat them all as one. This article explains how to use the Windows API Raw Input methods to support multiple keyboards from a C# application.
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