| Date: Mon, 13 Aug 2007 10:14:02 +0100
| From: "Andrew Court" <syklops at gmail.com>
| To: steev <mcconville.steve at gmail.com>
| Subject: Re: [ILUG] [Q] weird keyboard mode - how to exit? (and what is it?)
| I had a theory but Im not going to mention it just yet.
| Check out this link, specifically the text beneath Section
| "18.104.22.168. Keyboard"
| It talks about setting the ISO 9995 alternative group
| keyboard layout, and the key used to enter it. If this is
| what you are entering, you can use the Kde Control Centre
| to find the key combination to enter the mode, and
| hopefully the combination to exit it.
interesting. yea, it does ‘smell’ like something
like that. however, there is at least one glitch
with that theory: KDE-CC indicates I don't have
alternative layouts enabled. (enabling them as
an experiment got me into a real mess, albeit I
suspect that was my fault.) I'm not quite sure
how much I believe KDE-CC here, since it doesn't
seem to agree with xkbprint(1) or xkeycaps(1),
both of which:
• _look_ plausible; and
• imply that, under some circumstance unclear
(to me), an ‘ISO_Level3_Shift’ happens.
some new info — I _just_ discovered this the hard
way(!) — reseting the keyboard seems to require a
cold boot (power toggle). a warm reboot does not
change(/fix/reset) things. I don't know if that
means SUSE/Linux is restoring something, or if
there's a state-change in the keyboard itself
(I could test this, if I can ever figure out how
to reproduce the weird mode! ;-\ ).
( I also note the xkeycaps(1) man page has some
nasty things to say about an unspecified SuSE
version/configuration. at least one of the
alleged SuSE bugs seems to involve |AltGr|, the
known part of the unknown sequence. hum.... )
| Info on ISO9995 can be found here:
| Also, can you tell us the make of the Keyboard?
yes, it's an “Logitech Internet Navigator” (USB),
a qwerty+€ unit which I've been using for about a
year without apparent problem. exact vintage and
other details are unclear/unknown, since it is
second-hand without a manual. the layout appears
to be a generic PC 105-key UK keyboard, albeit with
four LEDs (not three), and lots of extra (useless)
buttons. the extra LED is somehow involved in this
mystery, but not the extra buttons (i.e., I know I'm
not pressing any of them!).
it's not a Big Deal — it's very very rare and I can
restore a working X11 session — but it's nonetheless
highly annoying since the other virtual consoles all
“stop” working (as in I cannot type anything useful).
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