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On startup, how do i get linux to turn the num-lock on so that it is usable as soon as linux is booted.
And, secondly, when i shut down, the machine does turn off.... but for some reason, after about 10 seconds of being powered down, the computer boots itself again. This only occurs when shutting down from linux!
I can sort of help with one, if you're flexible...
I could not find a way to get the numlock on either when using gnome desktop, which frustrated me so much that I tried the KDE desktop instead, which allows you to set that option in the keyboard configuration. I found that I really like KDE, and haven't gone back since...
Who knows, maybe trying that will help with your shutdown issue as well, as I assume that this process is controlled by whichever desktop manager you're using.
I've been having the same problem and find it quite annoying. I checked my BIOS and found that it was set to turn it on, but in KDE it was automatically off. In KDE there is a setting for Numlock status that has the following options..
#Always Turn Numlock on
#Always Turn Numlock off
#Leave it the same
I tried the first option and as expected, when I started KDE it turned Numlock on. For the purposes of experimentation I set KDE to leave the Numlock status alone and rebooted, when I started KDE again Numlock was off. It seems that my BIOS turns Numlock on but when Linux boots it turns if off. KDE can be configured to either turn it on, turn it off or leave it the same which kind of eliminates the problem, but I'm interested in why Linux turns it off when it boots, I think I'll browse some config files