General keyboard topics, including keyboard hardware and keyboard functionality in software.

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usb_submit_urb(ctrl) failed: -1 Corsair k65 RGB keyboard

I recently purchased a Corsair k65 RGB keyboard. Of course it didn't work at first, but with an ckb-opensource driver I got everything working on my arch system. Everything went so well until I ...
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Boot process stops until PS/2 key presses?

I'm working on an embedded product based on Gentoo linux 3.6.6 running on a Mini-ITX motherboard. We're looking at switching motherboards (from a Jetway NF9D-2550 to an Advantech EIMB-214), and to ...
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My shift/ctrl and numlock keys stopped working

My ctrl and right-shift keys are not responding, though they still work in a VMware window. Numlock doesn't work. A held-down key does not repeat. clicking in a field in another window does not make ...
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Enable numlock only for external keyboard

I'm not sure this is possible, but I thought why not to ask. I have a laptop without a numeric block, and use it sometimes with external keyboard. Numlock for the internal keyboard = useless, so I ...
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Setxkbmap turns off NumLock LED - but not NumLock

Whenever I use setxkbmap in a terminal (or my .bashrc), the next time I press any modifier keys (ctrl, shift, alt) the NumLock LED on my keyboard goes off, but NumLock itself is still active so it's ...
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Keep NumLock always on

I have standard keyboard with numerical keys on the right side (I guess it's called 104-key keyboard). I want to use the numerical keys only as numerical keys. That means, I don't want the NumLock to ...
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Remember Numlock state after login in GNOME

I am running Debian GNOME 8.0. I would like to have Numlock ON as default. So I followed the instructions on this page: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Activating_Numlock_on_Bootup#GDM ...
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Resync NumLock light with NumLock status

I plugged a second keyboard into my computer to test something, and now my NumLock light is out of sync with the lock status (the light is off when NumLock is on, and vice-versa). How can I get the ...
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Debian. Keyboard doesn't work properly

Last time I have strange bugs with my laptop keyboard. Some of the keys stop working time to time. More often it is shift keys, but some times it also a, s, d, k, l, ;, and others. But they doesn't ...
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Switching on numlock by default in Linux Mint

Whenever I boot in to Linux Mint the NumLock is switched off by default. As my username consists of some numbers, I need to switch on NumLock each time. I want it to be switched on by default each ...
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Keep NumLock always on [Linux Mint]

I have a simple objective: Keep NumLock always on OS and DE: Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon I found this Keep NumLock always on So, I created this small script -rwxr--r-- 1 root root 47 Apr ...
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What is preventing my window managers from recognizing some key combinations?

Since rebooting my system this morning, every window manager seems to have lost its capacity to recognize combinations of keys. I'd started noticing it in xfce4 when I tried to launch the ...
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keyboard not working when log in with usb mouse

I have a very strange issue with my Xfce4/Debian Sid. When I log in with an USB mouse attached to the laptop, the build in keyboard isn't working. When I log out, disconnect the mouse and log in ...
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What is the point of Ctrl-S?

Ctrl+S stops all output to the terminal which can be restarted with Ctrl+Q. But, why does Ctrl+S exist in the first place? What problem was trying to be solved by putting that control sequence in ...
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Some keys don't work in console (tty), but work in a terminal emulator [duplicate]

When I am am in virtual terminal and open my editor, I can use editor key shortcuts such as CTRL + Down and CTRL + Up to select lines (select block), or F5 and F6 to copy/move the selected block. ...
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Navigating Linux Mint Open File Dialog with Keyboard Only

Seems I don't know how to use a keyboard again. I often use gedit to keep notes on my instance of Linux Mint/Ubuntu but I find when opening files, navigating the dialog without using the Keyboard not ...
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Raspberry Pi bluetooth keyboard not responding

I am running Debian Jessie on a Raspberry Pi (specifically 2 B model) and I have bluetooth working and a generic bluetooth keyboard paired and connected. Even so, nothing that I type on the kb will ...
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Invert fn key use of PGUP/HOME and PGDN/END keys

I am trying to invert the Fn-key behaviour of the PgUp/Home and PgDn/End keys on my MSI laptop. Currently I need to press Fn+PgUp to get Home or Fn+PgDn to get End, and since I use Home (End) a lot ...
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My keyboard generates spurious events

I have an annoying problem using the terminal and I cannot look for a solution on Google because I don't know how to phrase it. When I have load of text on terminal (for instance after a dmesg) and ...
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“usb 3-2: can't set config #1, error -110” - USB keyboard works in Windows 8 laptop but on PC only until Linux boots

I tried 2 new USB keyboards that work until Linux starts booting. When booting I saw: [ 8.365211] usb 3-2: New USB device found, idVendor=1a2c, idProduct=0b23 [ 8.404863] usb 3-2: New USB ...
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Turn on NumLock on startup in Linux Mint

Situation: When I turn on my Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon the Num Lock is Off. Objective: Turn on Num Lock automatically at startup.
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Use two differents keyboards in FreeBSD, in X env'

So I have bought a laptop and installed FreeBSD on it. I am now trying to finish this all. The laptop has a danish keyboard, but I have also a usb typematrix keyboard with bépo (french dvorak) layout ...
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Debian PXE pre-seed file

I've done a first PXE installation with Debian 7 and I'm currently trying to make another one for Debian 8. I'm stuck with 3 little things and I cannot find any solution. Skip missing firmware ...
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Fn keyboard keys not working (when udev is disabled)

I am in the process of getting rid of udev daemon from my system. I have fixed all issues, only one small problem is remaining: It used to be (when I was using udev), that Fn+Down acted as ...
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Is it possible Linux kernel/installer detected maximum keyboard backlight wrong?

I am on Linux Mint 17.3. Hardware laptop ASUS N750JV. Objective: Determine if the maximum allowed keyboard backlight by Linux system is right. /sys/class/leds/asus::kbd_backlight/max_brightness ...
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Blue Fn + Function keys not working with Lubuntu on my Thinkpad

I have a Lenovo Thinkpad X201 (if the submodel matters, please say so), with Lubuntu 15.10 running on it. I use LXDE for my desktop environment (as the name suggets). Now, as you may know, Thinkpads ...
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Keyboard Shortcuts lose focus when switching between Applications

I'm running Linux Mint 17.2 64-bit, Cinnamon Version 2.6.13 with Kernel 4.3.0 and I'm playing Football Manager 2016 on it. So when I switch between applications after a few switches the keyboard ...
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disable any usb keyboard and mouse

I would like to disable any keyboard and mouse user puts in USB port (regardless their ID, vendor, name, ...). I found this article http://wpkg.org/Disable_/_enable_keyboard_and_mouse_in_Linux but it ...
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CapsLock breaks Eterm keybinds

In my Ubuntu Server 14 with FluxBox i use to bind actions on Eterm. This is my user.cfg file: [...] begin actions bind ctrl shift button3 to string '^[]6;14^G' bind ctrl button3 to menu ...
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Keymaps working on tty but now on Gnome - Arch Linux

When I was at Zsh installig Arch Linux, I listed the keymaps ls /usr/share/kbd/keymaps/**/*.map.gz and selected the one for my keyboard loadkeys br-abnt2.map.gz and worked fine there. After the ...
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Giving more priority to a USB device

I have a keyboard with USB cable connected to computer through a USB 2.0 socket. But when I type fast, Ubuntu ignores some key messages (e.g. I may type CORRECT but what is typed may be CORET) . After ...
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Manipulating X key and pointer grabs on the command line

What command line tools exist to list and manage X server grabs? (That's grab as in key and pointer grabs, i.e. restricting the use of a particular key or mouse button to a particular application, or ...
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Remap CapsLock to Escape and Control System Wide

Is it possible to remap the CapsLock key system wide such that when the CapsLock button is pressed by itself it acts as the escape key and when pressed with another key it acts as the control key?
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using xinput to get device state

I have a simple script to turn my keyboard of written using xinput. How can I get the current state of the device (enabled or disabled) so that when I run the script I can dont have to specify on/off, ...
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Enabling Numeric Keypad

I have trouble with the numeric keypad (NumLock keys) being unusable while typing. While I don't think it's GUI specific, this happens both in Gnome and KDE. Sometimes it works in TTY, other times it ...
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Command to simulate keyboard input

Is there a command that exists that can simulate keypresses? I want to pipe some data to it to make it type into a GUI program for me.
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trigger a Control_Latch in X

hi I'm looking for a way to bind a control_latch event using some key or key combination. By control_latch I mean the ability to have a behaviour similar to a sticky control. So far I tried a bit ...
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linux keyboard: how remap euro key from sequence ALT 0128 to PgUp?

I have laptop Acer Aspire E1-772G and it have Euro key near cursor keys. I do not use Euro and moreover it is implemented so pressing it generate sequence ALT 0 1 2 8 # showkey -k kb mode was ...
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Keyboard isn't working when it comes to enter the password for encrypted root

Hello I installed Debian, the entry in the NVRAM made by the installer isn't working so I boot it with refind using the following kernel parameters : rw nomodeset root=/dev/mapper/cryptroot ...
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How do I customise a keyboard layout in Cinnamon / Ubuntu?

I can see in Cinnamon you can select a new keyboard layout in - start - keyboard - layouts. But none of the layouts there match my new keyboard. How do I redefine a single key (differently placed ...
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In a Linux system without X started, how do I assign the right windows key to the right control key?

I am working on a Linux system without X server, so I don't have Xmodmap to change keys on my keyboard. Since the keyboard attached to the Linux PC is a "windows keyboard" (if there is such a thing) ...
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left+up+space keys not working on thinkpad x201

When using the keyboard on my thinkpad x201, I cannot press left, up and space at the same time. That is, when I start pressing the keys one after the other, the third one will be ignored. I verified ...
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Remapping Caps Lock to ctrl+b [duplicate]

I recently moved to Linux from OSx and in there I had mapped Caps lock to Ctrl+b. This was mostly done because of tmux. How can I do this in Ubuntu 14? There is a very comprehensive answer here how ...
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linux: detect if external keyboard is plugged to laptop

I have an OSX laptop with a running Ubuntu Virtualbox and I either interact with it with the laptop keyboard or with an external USB keyboard that I plug in when in the office. Is there a script I ...
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Key used in shortcut. How to unmap?

I'm having some trouble pressing the ` key (I had to copy/paste it here) on my Ubuntu. It acts like a weird tab or Esc now. When checking with xkbevd, I get ^[ How can I reset this and get the ...
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How do keyboard input and text output work?

Suppose I press the A key in a text editor and this inserts the character a in the document and displays it on the screen. I know the editor application isn't directly communicating with the hardware ...
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How does pressing the “A” key (e.g PS/2 i8042 keyboard) make its way from linux kernel to userland? [duplicate]

I have been trying somewhat unsuccessful to look into how hitting keys on a keyboard ends up with now bytes writen to stdin. I understand that there are different kernels, with different version ...
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transition to Linux and non-Mac keyboards, how do you do copy-cut-paste and avoid pinkie finger stress?

I'm so used to the comfortable layout of Apple keyboards and I like to use the command key for the most often used combination shortcuts (command-C for copy, command-V for paste and so on), which is ...
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How to restore keyboard after deleting packages and a reboot [closed]

I made a terrible (and stupid) mistake. I ran an update operation, and aptitude offered me alternatives that included deleting the xserver-xorg* packages. So I did so, thinking I'd reinstall them ...
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uemacs 4.0.15 strange key bindings

Playing around with uemacs I noticed that some of the default alternative key bindings are set to the Fn key in combination with a different key (for example, an alternative for 'help' is set to FNh, ...