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Re: Mouse and keyboard problems

On Mon, Sep 01, 2003 at 01:20:50PM -0500, Charles Blair wrote:
>    I installed debian on a Toshiba 1405 laptop approximately a year ago.
>    Problem 1: when I am in an xterm window (from gnome?), I often
> get a letter repeated when I press a key.  I read somewhere that
> this can be fixed by changing a "stickykeys" setting, but I would
> like to know exactly what file to edit and what I do there.

I have a Toshiba Satellite 5100 which has a similar problem with
the keyboard -- without any fixup, 1% of the keystrokes are doubled,
but this happens only with the X window system, the consoles are not

The commands

    xkbset exp bo
    xkbset bo 1

fix this problem. I have these in the init function in my ~/.fvwm2rc
file, for gnome, I don't know what the right file for putting startup
commands would be.

The xkbset program is not part of the standard X11 packages, but
a debian package exists:


My experience is with a self-compiled xkbset program, though.

>    Problem 2:  The touchpad mouse jumps around uncontrollably, and
> won't move at all after a few minutes of use.

This is usually due to having a wrong mouse type specified in
/etx/X11/XF86Config-4. Sometimes, the problem is caused by gpm, when
the /dev/gpmdata device is used by XFree86. In my experience, it's best
not to have gpm translate the mouse protocoll at all (i.e. use the
"raw" protocol).

Greetinx, Jan
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