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Old 08-18-2006, 12:45 AM   #1
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Repeated characters with Logitech MX 5000

I was recently given a Logitech MX 5000 desktop (it's a bluetooth dongle with a keyboard and mouse). Sometimes when I start typing something, there will be a brief delay before the first few keypresses are responded to (although none are forgotten), and when it does this, it often repeats the first keystroke.

I'm running Debian testing, Linux 2.6.15 (stock kernel). If any other version numbers would be helpful, please let me know. Thanks in advance for any advice.
Old 08-18-2006, 02:50 AM   #2
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Sorry to tell you but I also had that set back home. I had problems with it in Windows and in Linux so I switched to wired versions.
Old 08-18-2006, 12:04 PM   #3
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My previous keyboard and mouse were wireless (but not bluetooth), and I have never had this problem until now.

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Old 08-24-2006, 03:31 AM   #4
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Hey there guys.

Just a quick thing I've picked up - I purchased this keyboard to replace my 13 year old keyboard bout 3 weeks ago, works like a charm. (except my multi-media keys in linux)

Yes - there is a delay before keys start coming through, but only on the first few keypresses. This is because the keyboard (to save power) sort of disconnects from the Bluetooth dongal when you
a) Haven't used it for a while (1-5minutes - never timed it....) or
b) Haven't used it yet since first turning on your computer (or after reboot).

I find that before I select which OS to boot into, I'll press CTRL a few moments before GRUB starts so the keyboard is ready.

This happens with this keyboard in both Windows and Linux. I'm not sure if you can extend the power saving option delay or not.

The keyboard also lags (which IS terrible frustrating) on a song change in Windows - but I'm sure you could turn the song display off.

Old 10-23-2006, 05:17 AM   #5
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Simple Fix For Logitech MX5000

My MX5000 had this same problem, almost every time I'd type with my keyboard it would repeat the character I just pressed, from two to ten or more characters. My keyboard also does this in Win XP.

My solution, in KDE 3.5.1, is to disable keyboard repeat. My keyboard no longer "skips," however, it never will repeat, even if I want it to, e.g. the DEL key or arrow keys.

To disable keyboard repeat:

Goto KDE Control Center, Peripherals, Keyboard. Then uncheck "Enable keyboard repeat."

That's it. No more unintentionally repeated characters. There's additional settings I haven't experimented with, which might allow desired repeated keys.

I hope this helps...
Old 11-30-2006, 09:21 PM   #6
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Setting it to HCI mode using bluez

I think that can be alieviated (post-boot), but using bluez and using the keyboard in bluetooth mode. So that the bluez software controls the Bluetooth stuff, instead of having the dongle handle it and emulate a USB hub.



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