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Old 11-23-2006, 11:28 AM   #1
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Question "Keyboard Request ---edit /etc/inttab to let this work." error

Get this error whenever I press the up-arrow. I looked in inittab and it says you get this when you press Alt+Up...however I'm not pressing Alt.

Is my Alt key stuck? Problem seems intermittent and would probably explain very odd behavior of being able to switch ttys by _only_ pressing F1,F2,...etc and other problems where whenever I type something it ^[ is prepended (for example if I try to login as root: ^[R^[O^[O^[T)

This is a Dell Latitude C840 Laptop, which was bought used meaning it's entirely possible the keyboard has some sticky keys, but has anyone seen this type of problem. It happens regarless of X running or not (happened on the text-based installation - debian sarge 2.1)
Old 11-23-2006, 01:15 PM   #2
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If it happens in X and outside of X then I would be tempted to say there is a physical problem with your keyboard.

The reason I say this is that X has its own keyboard drivers and so does the Linux console, and to have the exact same problem with both is pretty unlikely.
Old 12-13-2006, 11:33 AM   #3
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Yup it was the keyboard. Laptop was defective.

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