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Old 12-10-2007, 04:03 AM   #1
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Asus W7j + Xorg keyboard + slackware

I have a Asus w7j Laptop and i am trying to run Slackware current.

Everything works fine except the keyboard. Laptop keyboards dont usually have a numlock, and as such the numpad keys require a Fn button. But this particular laptop does have a numlock, and when the computer starts in the terminal its usually off and all the letters that also have the numpad numbers on them (U, I, O, J, K, L etc) work fine.

THat is until i startx, when I am in KDE, all the letter with number buttons turn to their numbers instead of the normal letters. Normally a simple solution would be to turn off the numlock, however when i do that, the keys act as if they are ACTUAL numpad keys and instead of being able to type letters, the UIOJKL etc keys become directional arrows home, insert etc. The result is the inability to type the letters with numbers on them, very very annoying.

Is there some proper keyboard layout that is required for asus laptops? This has never happened on other laptops before, and the default 105 key US layout worked fine.

Last edited by jazzor; 12-10-2007 at 04:04 AM.
Old 12-11-2007, 12:57 PM   #2
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Try changing the settings in KDE:

K->Settings->Peripherals->Keyboard->Numlock on KDE Startup

By default it should be set to "Leave unchanged" but if that isn't working for you, change it to "Turn on" or "Turn off", whatever works for you.


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