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Old 17th May 2008, 09:50 PM
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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.


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Old 21st May 2008, 03:56 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.
Old 21st May 2008, 04:38 PM
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Thanks, worked for me!
How can I configure this so that it doesn't stop working anymore?
Old 21st May 2008, 04:59 PM
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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?

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It was probably buried in a changelog somewhere that I didn't notice. Either that or it's a bug.
Old 21st May 2008, 05:44 PM
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Thanks, <CTRL><SHIFT><NUMLOCK> works for me too.
Old 26th September 2008, 03:37 PM
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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.
Old 19th January 2009, 09:16 PM
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Thanks a lot for this, it was driving me bonkers!
Old 2nd April 2009, 05:10 PM
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This worked for me too. Thanks a bunch.....
Old 15th July 2009, 03:34 AM
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Had the same problem... in Gentoo, actually. Thanks!
Old 23rd August 2009, 05:13 PM
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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

$ 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-
Aug 22 09:38:11 Updated: selinux-policy-3.5.13-69.fc10.noarch
Aug 22 09:38:41 Installed: kernel-devel-
Aug 22 09:39:10 Updated: selinux-policy-targeted-3.5.13-69.fc10.noarch
Aug 22 09:39:14 Updated: kernel-headers-
Aug 22 09:39:59 Installed: kernel-
Aug 22 09:40:25 Installed: kernel-
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.
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Old 10th November 2009, 05:49 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.
Old 4th July 2010, 08:30 PM
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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.
Old 14th July 2010, 11:48 AM
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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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Old 27th September 2012, 01:49 AM
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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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