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Old 01-11-2004, 06:58 AM   #1
Registered: Jun 2003
Location: Manchester, UK
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Question **RESOLVED - Hash Key on keyboard changed functioin!?


This is a strange one

For some reason, the Hash key (#) doesn't seem to want to work. As you can imagine, it's hell when trying to access irc channels

The thing which makes me think this isn't a keyboard error, is the fact that the key still works. By this, I mean that when I lock the screen, pressing the hash key will bring up the password dialog, like pressing any other key would do. Also, strangely enough when I do Control+Alt+F1 to get to a terminal I can login etc etc but upon pressing the hash key to test it, I'm thrown back into my desktop manager.

Anyone ever heard of anything similar? They keyboard has just been sat here on my desk... It's just strange that the key still works in windows and is basically still there in linux, but shows no hash, instead just a changed function.

I only noticed this problem after upgrading my kernel from 2.6-test9 to 2.6.1. The keyboard is USB and it's a UK keyboard (hash key located next to return, above shift).


Last edited by breakerfall; 01-11-2004 at 08:03 AM.
Old 01-11-2004, 08:07 AM   #2
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I was just informed on the Gentoo boards that this is actually a bug with the 2.6.1 kernel, although I'm not sure why it doesn't affect my other machine. Possibly a bug with USB keyboards.

Anyhow this is the fix, in case anyone needs it:
Open up your XF86Config file for editing;
Driver      "keyboard"               Comment this line out
Driver      "kbd"               And replace with this one
then in a console, type:
xmodmap -e "keycode 92 = numbersign apostrophe grave breve"
and you should have the # key back

Just thought I'd share that with you...


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