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Old 09-21-2004, 07:09 AM   #1
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new install, keyboard problem


Okay i just decided that since i desperately need my laptop working okay without too much hazzle to switch from my gentoo (which takes too long to get working correctly in all aspects for all the programs i need for university) to Mandrake 10.

This should be an easy install ect i though since i had used 9.2 in the past without any problems.
The install works without any problems, but after the install i suddenly have a big problem.
In the terminal, xfree (gnome) ect my FN key is "pressed down". This means that half my keyboard reacts like they are keypad and only work normally when the FN key is pressed down first. Of course this presents a big problem as i cant hold down 1 key while typing all the time

The keyboard layout is danish but i dont see how this can be the problem, since the keyboard was working in gentoo and every other distro i have ever tried before.

Please somebody help me !!!!
 
Old 09-21-2004, 10:05 AM   #2
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Okay i tried starting the laptop in Failsafe mode and it works.. untill i exit and let it go through runlevel 5. Then it goes to the graphical login and the keys are messed up again

How can i do something about this problem
 
Old 11-10-2004, 12:49 AM   #3
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Swoop, I have the *exact* same problem with my new Mandrake 10.1. Right down to the Danish keyboard.

The ironic thing is, I've run Mandrake 9.1, 9.2, and 10.0 on the same laptop (a Vega+) in the past, no problem. That's fucked.

So, you're not alone. Incidentally, if you found a solution to the problem, please let me know.
 
Old 11-10-2004, 02:08 AM   #4
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Have you tried redefining/describing your keyboard in the KDE control center?

This invokes the xmodkeys functions which will adjust for differences.

When I told KDE that I had an HP laptop unit (Omnibook keyboard) it not only got the function keys right but also set up the multimedia keys as well.
 
Old 11-10-2004, 11:32 AM   #5
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That sounds promising!

I've been into the KDE control center - Keyboard, and looked for something precisely like that... but I can't seem to find it. They have Files.Options.Profiles.Help, and that's it. You can't even rightclick on the keyboard profile (Danish).
 
Old 11-10-2004, 06:21 PM   #6
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In the KDE control center

go to Accessibility/Keyboard layout and set your language.

E.G. Danish

Then set your keyboard module (if your system supports ACPI select ACPI standard if you can't find anything close).

For instance one of my laptops is an HP Ze5155 so I selected HP Omnibook to get all of the keys to work properly. On another desktop machine I'm using a Microsoft Office keyboard, etc.

Apply and go to the xkb options and set up whatever you need, not the command it builds at the bottom to setxkbmap (the actual program that does all the work...)

You can also utilize setxkbmap directly.

In the Mandrake Control Center under HARDWARE also set up your keyboard locale.

Now log out to let the display manager RESTART Xwindows so that the changes "take" and log back in.
 
Old 11-10-2004, 06:51 PM   #7
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I'm real sorry, but I can't find anything that looks anything like a "keyboard module" in there.

I'll bet it's someplace very obvious...
 
Old 11-10-2004, 07:10 PM   #8
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If it doesn't appear under accessories you may need to install more of KDE as you may not have the full install.

Try bringing up "Install Software" from the menu and look for KDE and KEYBOARD under search/descriptions.
 
Old 11-10-2004, 08:10 PM   #9
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Well, I don't have any place called accessories anywhere near the Keyboard in System Tools, that's for certain.

I've installed the entire KDE pack, and also searched for packages named keyboard (found one, albeit related to GNU), and installed all. But, no changes to my options in keyboard.

Is there something I'm missing?
 
Old 11-10-2004, 11:54 PM   #10
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System Tools?

Are you in the KDE "Configure your desktop"?

This stuff should appear under Accessibility which is the very first Icon at the top.

That said immediately after I set up my Mandake systems I perform an update from Contrib and PLF

See: http://www.zebulon.org.uk/urpmi_en.html

Which may be why I see this and you do not.
 
  


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