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Old 10-05-2007, 02:05 PM   #1
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Question Laptop key press/release events question

On my new Dell Inspiron 1501, I dumped Windows Visa Home Premium and installed Fedora 7. Everything was working fine. I preformed some updates and installed some software (thunderbird, realplayer, etc.) and then I noticed some error messages when I shut down the system.

These messages show up in virtual consoles and during shutdown:

atkbd.c: Unknown key pressed (translated set 2, code 0x8d on isa0060/serio0).
atkbd.c: Use 'setkeycodes e00d <keycode>' to make it known.
atkbd.c: Unknown key released (translated set 2, code 0x8d on isa0060/serio0).
atkbd.c: Use 'setkeycodes e00d <keycode>' to make it known.

These messages repeat over and over. I have also noticed that sometimes it is a different code. Sometimes it is e055 instead of e00d.

I can stop the error messages from happening via:

setkeycodes e00d 122

however, the events are still occuring. I can run xev from a terminal and see that the key press release errors are still happening. Not only are the events still happening, but they now interfere with things like the screensaver. If I activate the screensaver, it detects a key press after about 1 second and asks for the password. And if I wait for the screensaver to activate on its own, it never does activate because it is getting the key events.

I can fix the screensaver and everything is functional again with:

setkeycodes e00d 0

but this takes me back to the original situation of having the error messages constantly filling the logs. I don't use the text-based console that often, but with these messages popping up every second, it is hard to use the text console for anything. The other annoyance with these events is that the cpu light flashes each time the event occurs. Basically, my cpu light flashes once every second.

These events weren't happening at all when I first installed Fedora 7. I tried doing a fresh install of Fedora 7 to see if that would fix things, but it didn't. I saw the error messages as early as the inital stages of the anaconda installer.

My question is what is causing these key press/release events and how do I stop the event from happening?

Any help is greatly appreciated.

NOTE: This question is also posted on the Linux On Laptops forum, but I wasn't getting any responses there.
Old 10-07-2007, 12:52 PM   #2
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Perhaps the problem can somehow be resolved in the BIOS. Did you change any BIOS settings when you noticed the problem? Another possible culprit is that your your software update messed up your keymaps. There are a few ways to remedy the situation from within fedora (as opposed to from within the BIOS):
  1. Reinstall or upgrade the kbd package.
  2. Add a few setkeycodes commands to the startup scripts (sometime after the keymaps have been loaded).
  3. Figure out what keymap is being loaded by your init scripts. Either change which keymap gets loaded, or edit the keymap file and add the relevant keycodes.
Old 10-08-2007, 10:59 AM   #3
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Question choosing to not run syslog at startup?

Hello and thanks for the reply. I tried reinstalling the kbd package--no luck. I tried adding the setkeycodes commands to the /etc/rc.local file--no luck. I double checked the keymap that was getting loaded--no luck.

I tried doing an interactive startup and choosing to not load anything. When the desktop came up, my problem was gone--no key press/release messages, no events happening in xev, screensaver comes up fine. In fact, everything on my system seems to be working the way it should. So, for the next step, I went through the start up services one at a time and disabled one while starting the other usual services. It turns out that syslog is the one causing the problem. When I start my computer and don't start syslog, everything works.

My question now is: Is is OK or safe or acceptable to run my machine with syslog turned off?



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