[lug] keyboard weirdness after updates....

Dallas Masters dallas.masters at gmail.com
Sun Apr 5 08:23:51 MDT 2009

It may be related to new versions of X using HAL to manage devices.  You'll
need to make your HAL rules match your hardware.  The keyboard caused many
folks upgrade problems.


On Sat, Apr 4, 2009 at 8:10 PM, bgiles <bgiles at coyotesong.com> wrote:

> 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.
> Bear
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