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From: Eduardo DueƱez <eduenez@...>
Subject: Keyboard-related problems
Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2004 08:52:12 -0500
Hi all:

I'm new to Gentoo (2004-2), which I just installed on an Ultra 10. 
I'm loving it, but I have a couple of questions (I used Stage 3 and
the GRP packages: the only software I've compiled locally is the
kernel).

I'm running kdm.  Now, in the x86 architecture, I can switch back and
forth between X and the virtual consoles using Ctrl-Alt-F[n], but that
does not seem to work here.  In fact, I cannot use other shortcuts
that I'm used to in KDE, such as Alt-F2 to launch the "Run Command..."
window.  However, Alt-F4 does work to close windows.

Even stranger is the fact that my keyboard's "b" doesn't do what it
should.  From KDM (or the console, for that matter) it's fine, only
once I enter KDE it becomes nonfunctional.  I suspect it's mapped
incorrectly, since pressing "b" seems to cause a half-second freeze. 
However, shifted "B" works fine!!!  In fact, if caps is locked then
just pressing "B" causes the same "freeze" but Shift-"b" gives the
(correct) lowercase "b"!!!

Actually, pressing "b" at the address bar of Mozilla caused it to
crash: yet another indication that "b" is being mapped to some weird
character or escape sequence.

I'm using a Sun Type-6 keyboard configured as a Type-5.  I strongly
suspect this is fine since from KDM everything works, only upon
entering KDE do things behave erratically (and then only the Alt'ed
keys and that pesky "b").

Thanks,
Eduardo

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