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jot 06-28-2012 03:30 AM

FC17 gnome 3: problem with typing same character repeatedly
on DELL Dimension E520


What can I try to solve the following keyboard problem:

Am able to type anything as fast as I want - as long as I do not hit the same key twice.

Eg. if I try to type "www", the 2nd and following "w" would be blocked and I would just hear a warn tone every time I hit 'w'. However, if I type very slowly, about half a second between every stroke, I face no problems. This is especially annoying for the BACKSPACE key, where I cannot quickly delete, let's say, 3 characters.

Continuously holding a key correctly starts the automatic repetition - no problem there.

Hardware setup:
- standard PS2 keyboard
- PS2 mouse
- PS2-based KVM switch
- combined PS2-to-USB adapter for keyboard and mouse

Further facts:
- no typing problem outside of the GUI (if I switch to text terminal)
- no typing problem on an older Linux box attached to same KVM switch
- no problem with the mouse
- no typing problem on older Linux on same machine previously

Any hints welcome! Thanks

macemoneta 06-28-2012 10:35 PM

Go to System Settings, Universal Access, and make sure 'bounce keys' is turned off.

jot 06-28-2012 10:50 PM

Hi macemoneta

Thank you so much - that was it! Am not sure why it was enabled, must have been me when I tested each and every feature of the interface.

Though, I keep wondering: in what situation would someone want this setting to be enabled?


macemoneta 06-28-2012 10:57 PM

The universal access settings are to assist those that are physically challenged in some way. Some folks have illnesses like Parkinson's disease which cause tremors, making typing difficult.

jot 06-28-2012 11:04 PM

Oh, I see. Yes, that makes sense.

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