I've noticed after I come back to my newly installed Fedora 20 system, there's a delay in typing.

For example, if I have a terminal window open, and I leave it alone for a few minutes and return, when I type, it takes multiple seconds for my typing to manifest. It's fine after that, provided I don't wait too long between typing. This happens for any typing, not just the terminal. It could be the password on the lock screen, terminal sessions, web forms in FireFox, etc.

My system has 32G of RAM, and it occurs with nothing active, except for a terminal or webpage, nothing significantly taxing.

The keyboard is the build in laptop physical keyboard.

The laptop is a Dell Inspiron 17R (17RM-16452sLV).

Is there a known reason this occurs? How can I diagnose and fix the cause of the issue?

  • Is your system low on memory? Maybe the terminal gets swapped out. You can leave a top running (in some other terminal), to check.
    – Anthon
    Apr 14, 2014 at 17:17
  • I'm willing to bet you're using a wireless keyboard?
    – mikeserv
    Apr 14, 2014 at 17:20
  • @Anthon 32G of RAM with nothing running, top indicates nothing intensive is running.
    – huntmaster
    Apr 14, 2014 at 17:46
  • @mikeserv I'm using the normal physical laptop keyboard, nothing special.
    – huntmaster
    Apr 14, 2014 at 17:47
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    Probably acpi then.
    – mikeserv
    Apr 14, 2014 at 18:27

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I ended up reinstalling with Fedora 20 XFCE Spin. The phenomenon completely vanished, and XFCE is vastly more responsive in general than Gnome. As I followed an otherwise identical installation process, I have to assume it was either Gnome 3 causing the issue, or Gnome 3 having an argument with my hardware that XFCE didn't have.

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