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I am trying to run Mandrake 9.1 on the Toshiba Satellite A25-S207. And I am having the keyboard bounce problem. I have searched the forum and have found some possible solutions...
1. XkbDisable settings in XF86config (does not work, has no effect.)
2. I found this on a freebsd forum (xkbset must be installed) and I added this to my .xinitrc file and startx from runlevel 3, without graphical login.
if [ -x /usr/X11R6/bin/xkbset ]; then
xkbset exp =m
xkbset sl 5
xkbset exp =sl
xkbset -f slowaccept
xkbset exp =f =slowaccept
The above does not work in gnome, but seems to work in all other window managers, though I can't get this to work when logging in graphically, its very annoying and the settings expire after prolonged use.
3. AccessX program, but it's useless, does not work at all.
Other than the temporary workaround detailed in # 2, I can barely use mandrake 9.1 on this toshiba laptop.
Given that, does anyone have any other solutions for installing Mandrake 9.1 on the Toshiba Satellite?
I have tried to install and run other distributions as well .
1. Redhat 9 - installs fine, everything works, sound, wireless, video, etc. But APM is still not included during install and RedHat interface generaly sucks ( no offense, just my opinion ) and the kernel will never recompile successfully, nor will any other kernel for that matter.
2. Mandrake 9.1 - very annoying keyboard problems.
3. Gentoo - install CD won't boot.
4. Debian - install CD won't boot.
5. FreeBSD - install won't boot
6. SuSe - installs, but most hardware is not recognized or will not install.
Anyway, if anyone can help with the lame toshiba keyboard problems and Mandrake 9.1 it would be greatly appreciated.
If you don't like Red Hat, then I would suggest trying Slackware. I'm using Slack 9 on a Tosh Satellite 2435 and it works perfectly. I can even guide you through recompiling the kernel if you need ACPI support. (I think APM is included in the slack kernel) Slack was practically the only distro that even booted on this laptop. Mandrake, Gentoo, Knoppix -- all failed.
Thanks for the reply and the offer to help out with Slackware assistance. I'm taking your suggestion and downloading slackware as I type this.
I enjoy a challenge, don't get me wrong, I'm having a blast with linux and this laptop, even with the installation failures one can't help but learn more about hardware and the linux operating system.
I am an opensource advocate and always will be. We did some incredible things, on my last contract, with RedHat 8.0, assisting with the development of the Linksys Wirleless-B Media Adapter and transcode implementation.
Sllaackware hass tthe keyboard bounnce issue as well. Configguration using tthe techniquess found online still do not work. Interestinng. I'll hack through itt a bit and if it wont worrk, RedHat 9.0 is tthe winnner.
Not really sure what it is myself. After a while, it was getting really aggravating though. While xkbset was working, it stopped after like a half hour (no idea why) and it seemed to work less effectively each time it was run (well, didn't last as long... makes no sense, but whatever). I wound up installing Red Hat 9 over the weekend for misc. reasons, and I have no problems whatsoever on it.
I've found xbounce program fixing toshiba keyboard problem the best. But there's one thing that I can't set. Xbounce seems to be working properly only when I start it from console under X windows. That mean manually every time I start Xserver Toshiba successfully goes to suspend mode - that means less restarts - but sometimes I have to turn computer off...
Could anyone help me with this - where to put xbounce command to make it run automatically?