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Old 01-22-2009, 03:38 PM   #1
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Keyboard Caps Lock with some lower-case letters?

I know WHEN it happened, not really HOW, but was not aware of such a result.

Debian etch 4.0.r6
french canadian keyboard.

I made some attempts to use the ~ in the upper left part of the french-canadian keyboard.
I know now that this is not possible with the french-canadian kb. (only alt+the_key_right_of_L)
But my attempts with multiple combinations of alt, ctrl, etc. brought a strange result:

With Caps Lock on, some keys (O P L M ...) stay as lowercase.
With Shift + letter however, uppercase are ok.

With a "dumpkeys" I can see that something is wrong. But I do not know how to fix it.

With "loadkeys cf.kmap" things are back to normal, but after a reboot... wrong again.
No problem with my desktop (gedit, fine with Caps lock on) the problem is only with the console.

My guess is that there is a bin file somewhere which is keeping the wrong kmap. Not reinitiated at boot time. But where?

I tried "dpkg-reconfigure locales" followed by "locale-gen" with no avail.

Your help will be appreciated.
Thank you

Old 01-24-2009, 02:40 AM   #2
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With Caps Lock on, some keys (O P L M ...) stay as lowercase.
With Shift + letter however, uppercase are ok.
My Debian Lenny does the same thing after a while using US English keyboard, but not necessarily those exact same keys, I know the "C" key for sure. But these symptoms don't stick around for me which is why I haven't complained about it. A reboot doesn't usually fix it neither, but they do disappear eventually. Not sure what's doing it for me, but to the best of my memory, (not written in stone), it often happens when I'm mucking about with proprietary Nvidia graphics drivers, (un-installing and reinstalling).
The more I think about it, it may only be doing this to me when I'm in single user mode, I can't seem to recall a time it happened when using terminal in graphics mode with proprietary Nvidia graphics.
I could be wrong though, as I am human.


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