[plug] 2.6.10 Keyboard Problem

Arie Hol arie99 at ozemail.com.au
Thu Mar 10 12:26:48 WST 2005

On 10 Mar 2005 at 11:41, Timothy White wrote:

> I'm having a problem with what appears to be keyboard interrupts when
> running a 2.6.10 kernel.
> Basically keys appear to get stuck down. What really happens as far as I
> can see is the keyup interrupt is being missed. It also happens on the
> keydown sometimes. It's not the keyboard as far as I can see and didn't
> happen when I was running a 2.4 kernel or a 2.6.6 kernel.
> What happens is I can be typing or hit a button and then suddenly the
> key starts to repeat (very annoying when you hit enter.) until you hit
> another key (IIRC another keydown cancels the key repeat)
> I also sometimes get a problem where it appears to be stuck with the
> shift key down and because keydown on meta keys (and other modifiers?)
> isn't cancelled until a keyup on that key.
> I'm going to try disabling key repeat under Xorg because the key repeat
> is the most dangerous bit (not sure if it happens on the mouse as well,
> button down button up, but I just had a few hundred tabs open in firefox
> after Ctrl Clicking a link)
> Any ideas?

I'm not certain if there is any connection to your problem - in some BIOS's there is a feature 
which controls the rate at which your keyboard repeats keystrokes - if you have this feature in 
your BIOS you can switch it off or set the rate at which the keystrokes repeat.

I have used this feature to help some disabled people who have had trouble getting their fingers 
off the key in time to avoid the repeated key stroke action.


Regards Arie
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