[kde-linux] Can't read keyboard after 4.1.1 update

David Jarvie djarvie at kde.org
Tue Sep 23 08:29:24 UTC 2008

On Saturday 20 September 2008 20:40, Anne Wilson wrote:
> On Saturday 20 September 2008 16:25:41 sc wrote:
>> On Saturday 20 September 2008 09:13, Anne Wilson wrote:
>> > I've just updated my fedora box to 4.1.1, which catastrophic results.
>> It
>> > will not read the keyboard, so I can't login through the gui, and if I
>> > log in from a console then start kde I still can't enter passwords.
>> > Mouseclicks register, but not the keyboard.
>> >
>> > Any ideas, anyone?
>> This may be silly to suggest, but the first time it bit me I was amazed.
>>  I
>> don't know if it's a hardware thing, a linux thing, a KDE thing, or what
>> exactly, but if i hold either shift key down for about 5 seconds there's
>> a
>> beep, and if I keep it down another 5 seconds there's another lower
>> beep and the keyboard is completely locked out.  I have to hold down
>> a shift key for another 10 seconds in order to get the keyboard back.
>> I'm sure this isn't your problem, but then, not 100% sure.
> :-)  I've never heard that before.  I'm pleased to say that restoring
> xorg.conf solved the problem.  I was never convinced that it's a good idea
> to
> remove it, in the first place :-)

I've hit this problem occasionally running KDE 4.1.0. Most of the time the
keyboard works, but sometimes it stops working and I have to log out and
log in again. This would suggest that there is a real KDE 4.1.x fault. (I
still run KDE 3.5 sessions in parallel, which never suffer from this

David Jarvie.
KAlarm author & maintainer.

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