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Old 03-11-2005, 03:52 PM   #1
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keyboard keys processed incorrect

just reinstalled ubuntu (preview version 5) today, and love it so far.. at least compared to v4 (btw, i encourage those who use or used ubuntu to try this one out )

im having problems with linux and my keyboard. well, my keyboard works fine and all.. its just that some keys are processed inappropriately. i noticed this when i first opened terminal window and tried cd'ing somewhere.
my slash key shows up as (when i type it anywhere)... double quote key shows up as .. other slash (windowz slash) shows up as .... shift + comma (less than sign) shows up as '.... etc etc

im thinking its just something wrong with my keyboard config (slash) language settings or something (question mark... lol.. sorry these keys arent working, is my question mark :S)

i have a logitech mx cordless duo.. wireless keyboard (slash) mouse.

anyone have a tip for me to solve this (question mark)

thanks for the input

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Old 03-11-2005, 04:22 PM   #2
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I can't figure it out from your description, but I'll (1) ask you some probing questions; (2) give you some paths to go down, in case you haven't already:

* does the keyboard work in the `plain' console (the one you get to by hitting C-M-F[1-6]?
* does loadkeys work?
* does xev produce correct output? (have it run in a terminal, then hit a few keys)
* does gkb_xmmap and/or setxkbmap work?
* go to (control-panel-like-thing) -> ... -> keyboard; does your `physical' keyboard model match your `logical' model?
* (same place) is the layout sensible?
* does .Xdefaults look sensible?
* try this:
$ echo | xrdb -load -
** in case that produces a new look that you don't like, use this as a template for restoring your settings:
Xft.antialias: 1
Xft.dpi: 96.000000
Xft.hinting: 1
Xft.hintstyle: hintmedium
Xft.rgba: none
*Background: grey
*Foreground: black
xterm*Foreground: white
xterm*Background: black
xterm*Border: dark blue
xterm*ScrollBar: off
xterm*TitleBar: off
xterm*TextUnderIcon: off
xterm*AllowIconInput: off
xterm*AutoRaise: off
xterm*termtype: vt100
xterm*ttyModes: intr ^c susp ^@ dsusp ^@ kill ^u eof ^d

if all else fails: Don't panic

hope this helps,

Jonas Klker
Old 03-11-2005, 07:30 PM   #3
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Same exact problem here in Kanotix (also Debian) was solved (in KDE) by going into Control Center>regional & accessibility>keyboard layout> xkb options tab and unchecking enable xkb
Old 03-13-2005, 11:56 PM   #4
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thanks jonas for the input..
although i have no clue what 80% of it meant! :P im quite new.
anyhow, i was checking other settings and it all works now. i can go and mount my ntfs partitions and finally listen to music while exploring the world of linux!

this is what i did to solve it:
opend the config for my keyboard (system > preferences > keyboard)
under the 'layouts' tab i had already set the 'keyboard model' to the one i have, 'Logitech iTouch Cordless Keyboard (model Y-RB6)'. this didnt solve the problem... but i looked in the 'selected layouts' and added 'us english' as my layout, and it works now. it was setup to default use 'Canadian' which messed it all up. i AM Canadian and setup my system install that way, but for some reason ubuntu thinks Canadians dont have a slash key or many others! jk

thank you to you both for the time.
Old 03-14-2005, 02:28 AM   #5
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np, congrats and enjoy linux


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