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Old 04-07-2003, 02:56 PM   #1
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Ctrl S disables S key

I have a Dell Inspiron 5100 and I have installed RH 8.0 and updated to latest release. It works OK expect for the Ctrl S key causes the s key to stop functioning. I found a similar post for an HP laptop and learned that typing Shift S followed by Alt S will re-enable the S key. Apparently upgrading the BIOS fixed the posters problem but I think I am at the most recent level of BIOS for my machine. Any suggestions?
Old 04-07-2003, 05:47 PM   #2
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Trying to get around it in software won't work, the keytrap is in hardware... bummer really man. If its not in BIOS there's really no way to get around it soft, X's keyboard is just going to remap the signal after the machine gets to if we mucked about it with that, heck even if you put a trap for it in /etc/inittab it probably wouldn't work.

Yeah dude, BIOS fix, that's about it, call HP and complain, I wouldn't even bother with their website, its such a mess anyway.


Old 06-05-2003, 08:40 PM   #3
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When Ctrl-S locks things up, try Ctrl-Q to unlock them. This is the ancient X-Off/X-On protocol, first used in computers around 1967, but inherited from Teletype standards that are much older. Many Linux keyboard drivers implement this so it may be what you are seeing...


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