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  1. #1
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    Unhappy keyboard problem in Fedora 9

    I have installed Fedora 9 (gnome desktop) in an intel pc and I encounter the following problem with a Microsoft Comfort curve Keyboard 2000 v 1.0:

    After log in, the number keys in the right do not work . Only "enter" and "Num Lock" keys work. It is a usb keyboard attached in a Belkin switch. I had not such problems when I had installed Fedora 7 or 8 on the same PC previously.

    The same problem appears also when I use another keyboard (not usb) attached directly to the PC.

    You help is very much appreciated.

    Thanks,
    John
    Last edited by jmarg; 18th May 2008 at 12:30 PM.

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    Ran into this problem, and after scouring the general Linux boards, I came across something on the Ubuntu forums. Try using <CTRL><SHIFT><NUMLOCK> once to see if that changes something. According to the post, that toggles the numeric keypad between a keypress & mouse cursor mode. So perhaps something changed in Xorg or the kernel to make that universal. I'm guessing a default setting got changed in the main branch, and now it defaults to mouse cursor.

    Worked for me. I did it once and checked, and the behavior was normal after doing it. It's a toggle, so make sure to do it once and then check.

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    Thanks, worked for me!
    How can I configure this so that it doesn't stop working anymore?

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    Dunno, haven't rebooted machine yet to see if the state is sticky. There is a setting in System->Preferences->Hardware->Keyboard under "mouse keys" labeled "allow to control the pointer using keyboard," but mine is disabled, and I've had the problem. Not even sure when/where this setting crept in from. Gnome? Xorg? Kernel?

    Welcome to the wonderful world of Linux:
    RTFM...if you're head-bruisingly persistent enough to figure out which M to R. Oh, and sometimes, even if you KNOW which M you're supposed to be R, you can't find it.

    It was probably buried in a changelog somewhere that I didn't notice. Either that or it's a bug.

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    Thanks, <CTRL><SHIFT><NUMLOCK> works for me too.

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    Thanks a million! worked for me also. I rebooted and numlock is working correctly.

    X86_64. I also have numlockx installed but not sure if that plays a role here. fyi.

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    Thanks a lot for this, it was driving me bonkers!

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    Thanks

    This worked for me too. Thanks a bunch.....

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    Had the same problem... in Gentoo, actually. Thanks!

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    Thank you again madopal, your post helped me as well from this annoying change.

    Digging into the yum log I found the following related updates:

    Running distro: Fedora 10

    Code:
    $ cat /var/log/yum.log | grep 'Aug 22' | grep -v 'pidgin\|libpurple\|mysql\|neon\|elfutils\|ql2400\|1:qt'
    Aug 22 09:37:48 Updated: kernel-firmware-2.6.27.30-170.2.82.fc10.noarch
    Aug 22 09:38:11 Updated: selinux-policy-3.5.13-69.fc10.noarch
    Aug 22 09:38:41 Installed: kernel-devel-2.6.27.30-170.2.82.fc10.x86_64
    Aug 22 09:39:10 Updated: selinux-policy-targeted-3.5.13-69.fc10.noarch
    Aug 22 09:39:14 Updated: kernel-headers-2.6.27.30-170.2.82.fc10.x86_64
    Aug 22 09:39:59 Installed: kernel-2.6.27.30-170.2.82.fc10.x86_64
    Aug 22 09:40:25 Installed: kernel-2.6.27.30-170.2.82.fc10.x86_64
    It was after this batch of updates that I started experiencing the numpad problem, so probably one of these is the culprit for changing the default setting you described.
    Last edited by paddy_dev; 23rd August 2009 at 05:17 PM.
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    And it just happened to me again on an update, probably the past week or two. I wish there was some way to get more info when things like this change. Honestly, it's my only complaint with yum/PackageKit. Stuff just changes.

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    Re: keyboard problem in Fedora 9

    Thanks again for posting this solution !!! You just made my day.

    My numeric pad was not working.
    Pressing a number key on the the number pad eventually froze my system.

    By pressing <CTRL><SHIFT><NUMLOCK> , the problem is solved.

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    Re: keyboard problem in Fedora 9

    I had the same problem of my keyboard which was not working properly just some the keys were working like ctrl,alt,number key,caps lock key and esc key. But after the shared solution I came out from this trouble. But one thing I want to share that still when I start my system first time it doesn't work. To make it working I have to restart my system. If anyone has the solution than share it here.

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    Re: keyboard problem in Fedora 9

    the number key pad on key board won't work. even when I log in. can"t not type the password with the number pad. I have Fedora 17 regular 32

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    Re: keyboard problem in Fedora 9

    This thread is over a year old, so you may have better luck starting a fresh thread.

    Necrotic thread closed.

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