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Old 04-30-2004, 10:38 PM   #1
ceyan
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Fn key stuck


I installed Mandrake 9.2 on a laptop (Clevo D500) and when I booted up the "Fn" key is locked. I can't even log in because my passwords for all accounts I put in have a capital letter with an Fn key (by depressing the Fn key I still get the original key return, rather than the calculator key, but I can't use shift with the Fn key).

Example: Instead of getting "o" I get "6"
 
Old 05-01-2004, 12:41 AM   #2
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try adding this to the kernel line in the bootloader options


init=/bin/bash

then you should be in.
 
Old 05-01-2004, 10:58 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply!

I tired doing that, but now the system stops half way through startup and just gives me a blank command-line with the prompt "init-2.05b#". (The startup process just goes through until it mounts the partitions, then it gives me the prompt)

The grub line looks like this:
kernel (hd0,1)/boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda2 devfs=mount hdc=ide-scsi acpi=ht splash=silent vga=791 init=/bin/bash
initrd (hd0,1)/boot/initrd.img

All that was put in by default when I installed Mandrake (except the init=/bin/bash of course).

Edit: I did find out I can just use a regular keyboard and plug it into my ps2 port, and everything works fine with that board. So I used that to get in and do updates on the system, and after I finished the updates the laptop keyboard worked fine as well. However, when I restarted the system, same problem. Also, while logged in I tried changing the login shell to /bin/bash but it's already at /bin/bash

Last edited by ceyan; 05-01-2004 at 11:22 AM.
 
Old 05-01-2004, 11:40 PM   #4
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Good , that's what you want is root access. It's the best way to fix the problem.

type this..

passwd

Then set the password to something that will work with your keyboard until you can get one that works right or your kernel gets fixed.
 
  


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