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Old 05-07-2007, 12:38 AM   #1
glarbl_blarbl
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tilde, pipe keys don't work on my dell laptop.


It's the weirdest thing.

Whenever I try to use the tilde or pipe keys under linux on my Dell Inspiron 5100, nothing happens.

It doesn't matter if I'm in Xwindows or in a tty console, and xev doesn't respond when I hit the keys, holding shift makes no difference. It persists under both flavors of linux I run on this box (Slack 11 and 64 studio - a Debian variant). I seem to recall these keys working when winxp used to be on it, but that was a while ago...

I haven't found anything by searching these forums or googling, so any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 05-07-2007, 04:31 AM   #2
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Did you properly set your keyboard in xorg.conf?
 
Old 05-07-2007, 07:18 PM   #3
glarbl_blarbl
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I've tried all of the Dell keyboard variants under the gnome preferences- I just put it back to generic PC-104 since the dell keymaps screwed things up even more... No joy.

It seems to me that it doesn't have anything to do with X, since it happens when I open a tty console (e.g. CTRL-ALT-F1)- hell, I just tried them under grub and they didn't work.

I guess I can take another look through the BIOS, but I don't recall seeing anything regarding keyboards in there.

EDIT:
Took a look through the BIOS settings, but the only thing in there is a setting to use the numpad - either with the Fn key or with the numlock key.

Also, and I'm not sure if this is relevant- but the Fn key acts like the control menu key..

Last edited by glarbl_blarbl; 05-07-2007 at 07:31 PM.
 
Old 05-20-2007, 04:54 PM   #4
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Still more weirdness.

I don't know what the hell I did, but now those keys work. And the Fn key does what it is supposed to. I guess the computer has become possessed and was just waiting for me to post a question about it. Frakking demon computers.
 
  


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