[lug] keyboard weirdness after updates....
bgiles at coyotesong.com
Sat Apr 4 20:10:52 MDT 2009
I've been updating my system and getting very bizarre results.
1) switching from xdm/enlightenment to gdm/gnome resulted in my X
session losing every other character. That's not quite right - once I
got into gnome and brought up a terminal it looked like I was getting
special 16-bit characters instead of just dropping every other
character. I don't know why this would have changed, but the keyboard
was fine at a virtual terminal.
2) I explicitly updated the x-server and now the system locks up once it
hits X. This even happens with knoppix! I've tried booting into
single-user mode but I don't seem to have the root password now, one of
the drawbacks of always using sudo. (I thought I had changed it to a
known value, but it's not working.) I've tried to boot into a text-only
knoppix mode but am having unrelated problems.
Has anyone else seen keyboard problems related to X? I don't think it's
hardware since the keyboard still works, e.g., when entering knoppix
options when booting from a CD.
P.S., I know, the usual answer is to ssh into the system. But the
network isn't working. I don't know if there were problems related to
the update or if the system is locking up that hard.
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