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Old 09-12-2006, 04:13 PM   #1
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Numbers instead of letters on IBM TrackPoint Keyboard / FC3

I have an IBM TrackPoint keyboard, USB, with the on-board "stick" mouse pointer (the red knob between the G and H keys). I have had it working before, but not without many trial and error changes to the set up. When I recently had to reboot my system, it's back to the original problem, which is....the m,j,k,l,u,i,and o keys are the numbers 0,1,2,3,4,5, and 6 respectively -- NumLock mode is stuck "on" -- but only in KDE. When I type my login to KDE, before it loads, the keys work properly. And if I switch to a terminal window, they are fine also. But once I'm in K it's all over, and NumLock is stuck ON.

This HAS been working before. I just don't know what I did before to make it work. I haven't made any changes to the system, other than rebooting it.

Because my keyboard doesnt' work, I am on my Windoze laptop and I have to type out all the results of various tests run in the terminal, so I will simply recap /sbin/lsusb for now. And I'll include xorg.conf. I hope someone can give me some direction...ideally I'd like this to work on boot up, not have to tweak every time I reboot.

Thanks in advance!!

[BTW, this is an IBM TrackPoint SpaceSaver keyboard, attached to a PC...not an IBM ThinkPad laptop.]

EDIT: I discovered something that might help diagnose this problem -- when I leave KDE and go to the terminal, the keyboard works properly. When I return to KDE after being in the terminal, the keyboard CONTINUES to work properly. The green light that indicates it is in NumLock mode goes ON when I boot into KDE and goes OFF when I go to the terminal. When I return to KDE it stays off -- unless I manually change it to NumLock mode, at which time it will be stuck there until I go to terminal, and come back. This certainly helps me use the computer, but I'd still like it to be fixed so I don't have to use the terminal to fix it!

shows three IBM items, and a fourth with nothing

Here is my xorg.conf file (pertinent sections)

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "single head configuration"
Screen 0 "Screen0" 0 0
InputDevice "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
InputDevice "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
Identifier "Keyboard0"
Driver "kbd"
Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
Option "XkbLayout" "us"

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse0"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "PS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "yes"
Option "Resolution" "600"
Option "Samplerate" "1000"

Last edited by kalico; 09-12-2006 at 04:41 PM.


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