With Fedora 17 I have a PS/2-connected keyboard. If I hold just the left CTRL key down for a period (say 5 seconds) then the whole keyboard locks up. The USB-connected mouse still works and I can navigate menus, etc. I can logout and then the keyboard works for login. While locked up I cannot use CTRL-ALT-2, etc., to switch to a different virtual terminal.

Anyone seen similar symptoms and/or have a clue as to the cause and/or a cure?

  • What happens if you disconnect the keyboard and connect it back? If you can, test the keyboard in another machine, another PS/2 keyboard on that machine, and the keyboard with a different OS, to see whether the keyboard, the motherboard or the OS is at fault. – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Jan 15 '13 at 23:09
  • Disconnect/reconnect of keyboard no help. I do not run other other OSs (at least not on systems with a PS/2 interface). As noted, logout is sufficient to restore operation. I can try other fault-isolation techniques but I was interested to hear if any others have similar experiences. – awy Jan 17 '13 at 6:57
  • Does this happen under X only, only in the console, both? Can you try with another keyboard (i.e., an USB one)? – vonbrand Jan 29 '13 at 10:38
  • Only with X11. Not managed to try with a USB keyboard yet. – awy Aug 9 '13 at 13:29

Check that you didn't turn on slow keys. In this regime the keyboard actually works, but you have to press a key for about a second.

It can be turned off by pressing Shift for about 8 seconds or longer.

It can be disabled e.g. by installing xkbset and

xkbset -sl  # Disable slow keys (if already active).
xkbset -a   # Disable accessibility to prevent it from switching on.

To understand better what actually happens, read

tail /var/log/Xorg.0.log

and maybe

dmesg | tail
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