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Month: June 2011

keyboard failure

From: Nicolas Bercher <nbercher@...>
Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2011 13:30:29 +0200

Since a few days I regularly have troubles with my keyboard under Trinity: it doesn't work 
anymore after some time, except for a few combinations like ctrl-alt-suppr, ctrl-alt-f1, 
and the leds are still responding (num & caps lock, etc.) but *I cannot type texte anymore*.

I can still switch to tty1 and use my keyboard normally in there.  Since the mouse is 
responding normally under X, I can also launch a new X session (via the "T menu") and 
experience that the keyboard is working well on the kdm-trinity login screen.  So this 
really looks like a Trinity issue or, at least, a Trinity x-session related issue.

I use Debian squeeze and Trinity on a laptop and an usb keyboard.
Note that:
  - the laptop sometimes has heat problems and the "X screen" gone crazy, I think becasue 
the video chip is too hot (often the case on laptops... and that's a shame).  But, I'll be 
surprised if this keyboard issue is linked to hardware issue because the keyboard is 
working everywhere else,
  - the behavior is exactly the same on the laptop's built-in keyboard,
  - plugging out/in the keayboard has no effect,
  - plugging in another keayboard has no effect.

I don't know what to do with that.  I found nothing related in the main log files.
Maybe this is a race hardware issue...

Any advice or tracing tricks would be appreciated.
Thank you for reading.