Eduardo, since you've installed from GRP I'll assume you are running
xfree, not xorg. The likely cause(s) of your problem are;
1. incorrect keymap specified in /etc/rc.conf
2. incorrect keymap specified in /etc/X11/XF86Config
the system keymap (defined in rc.conf) depends on your kernel version,
for kernel 2.4 you would probably use sunkeymap but for kernel 2.6
things changed and you should specify a differnet keymap. (ref:
for xfree, this is what I used with my us layout type-5 keyboard and
Option "XkbModel" "sun"
Option "XkbCompat" "compat/complete"
Option "XkbTypes" "types/complete"
Option "XkbKeycodes" "sun(type5)"
Option "XkbGeometry" "sun(type5unix)"
Option "XkbSymbols" "sun/us(sun5)"
Option "Protocol" "busmouse"
Option "Device" "/dev/sunmouse"
(ref: http://dev.gentoo.org/~cjr/configs/XF86Config_ultra5-3d-rage-gt )
for kernel 2.6 I'm not so sure as I switched to xorg as well but I'm sure someone else could comment.
please post back to the list any results / more questions
On Fri, 2004-10-29 at 02:52, Eduardo Dueñez wrote:
> 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
> 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").
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