@mitu Everything that is mapped to my controller works if Game Focus is turned off. Problem is now with 1.9.4. the keyboard doesn't work until Game Focus is turned on. Once Game Focus is on, I loose all the mappings, I can't even open the Retroarch menu. What was the need for the change. Before this version, I never saw this happen.
It doesn't effect any games that do not use a keyboard until you get to Amiga, A800, AtariST and DOSbox-pure.
I don't know a way around this without plugging in a true USB keyboard that has a scroll-lock key. My BT unit doesn't have one. I opened the retroarch.cfg and tried to remap the Game Focus key to another key, but it keeps automatically reverting back to scroll-lock as the entry.
I've deleted Retroarch and reloaded it by source thinking maybe some file is still hanging around from a previous build, but it didn't change anything.
I'm not sure what else to do with this other than buy a new, portable BT keyboard that has a scroll-lock key on it.
Update....nevermind... I found this on reddit and see there is a way to reassign the on/off toggle. I set mine to page-up key. All good.
Works fine. Now I can toggle it on and off and use both the hotkeys and keyboard as needed. Works great.