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Old 09-14-2006, 09:39 PM   #1
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Possesd Keys, I want to kill


Hello all,

Here's the all important details:
Fedora 5 x86_64
Gnome 2.14
XGL with compiz
vanilla kernel 2.6.17.11

I've got a problem with my keypad on the right of my keyboard. I'm using a Microsoft Wireless Natural 1.0 (What I was thinking when I bought it I don't know). Anyways I've gotten a few of the special keys to work because the keys were easily bound (or bind-ed) using gnome keyboard shortcuts. But when i press pretty much any key on the right numpad I get stuff like "o2hqf}89" or "xp..........................................................................."

Really quite annoying. I compiled a vanilla kernel a month or so ago, don't remember whether or not they were working before that on the fedora kernel, but I had a look in the xconfig for the 2.6.17.11 kernel and didn't see anything obvious that would foul up the keyboard. I switched to KDE and had the same problem. Same problem in runlevel 3, though with keypress 1 i get zxdb or something similar. Any help on this would alleviate a huge pain in my scrotum.

thx
 
Old 09-16-2006, 07:57 AM   #2
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What are these special keys supposed to do?

Perhaps they only work with you know what.

I understand that the special characters that are available under M$ using Alt + num keypad combination cannot be obtained in that way under Linux.
 
Old 09-16-2006, 09:19 AM   #3
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they aren't special

These keys aren't special, they're the default numpad on the right side of a normal keyboard. Keyb oards that have been in use since i was sucking on my mommys tit. and especially since i've "computing". eheheh. It's just really annoying tohave to type number with the numbers above the keys. I guess if I can't get em working i'll just have to improve my typing skills with the crappy numbers.... anyways. thanks for the reply...
Dustitn
 
Old 09-17-2006, 01:22 AM   #4
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I only ever use those for numbers.

Perhaps those Gnome keybindings have queered the result? You have numlock on, of course. (Sorry, some OSs don't switch it on and I've been caught.)
 
Old 09-17-2006, 05:37 PM   #5
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Maybe it's the numlock key

I hate to go to the basics, but is the NUMLOCK mode active when you try to use the keypad? I know that most Linux distributions I've used never activate NUMLOCK by default.

On my keyboard, to get NUMLOCK active, I press the upper left key on the keypad (which is labeled "Num Lock"). Maybe there's a similar key on your keyboard. HTH
 
Old 09-18-2006, 08:49 AM   #6
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Yes, I couldn't help mentioning that either. But I have no idea how the keys produce those other symbols.
 
Old 09-19-2006, 10:58 PM   #7
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regardless

It happens whether NUMLOCK is on or off. The only difference is that the acutall number get put into the mess (x................3.................. if 3 is pressed) when NUMLOCK is on. Please help. its F'ing annoying.
 
Old 09-20-2006, 05:01 AM   #8
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It sounds to me as though the Gnome shortcuts have messed things up. Did the keys not work at all before that?

I don't use Gnome but I came across a Gnome Display Manager Reference Manual which may have something.
 
Old 09-20-2006, 09:08 AM   #9
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don't remember

I don't remember if they worked with the Fedora kernels or not, thats the only thing i've upgraded that i would think would have any influence on this. I'll have a look at the reference.
 
Old 09-22-2006, 06:17 PM   #10
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I figured it out... a quite unlikely fix. The batteries in my keyboard we're dying...I feel like a dumbass...
 
Old 09-23-2006, 12:44 AM   #11
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Batteries?!

And no warning light. Perhaps a class action against M$?
 
  


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