Re: Can't switch to virtual console anymore
On 22 Dec 2005, Peter Jay Salzman wrote:
> Problem solved. It turned out to be "one of those warnings I recognized."
> For years, X complained that there was no XkbVariant named "Microsoft" in
> response to the line:
> Section "InputDevice"
> Option "XkbVariant" "Microsoft"
> I'm not sure when that line appeared in my config file. Quite possibly back
> when I was using Suse 6.1, way before I switched to Debian. I guess I just
> "toted" the config file around, and only changed mode, horiz and vertical
> timings when configuring a new system.
> The warning didn't have any adverse effect, and I always promised myself to
> look into it when time permitted me to delve into learning the nitty gritty
> details of keyboards under X.
> There always seemed to be more pressing issues. And besides, it's difficult
> to get excited about learning details of keyboards under X. It seems more
> complicated than it ought to be. And dry.
> Short story is, that line always caused a benign warning.
> Since I was (potentially) having trouble with the keyboard, I started to
> scrutinize the X output, even looking at things which I didn't think had
> relevence to the problem at hand. That trained my eye on the warning.
> I'm not sure what got upgraded yesterday, but whatever it was, that warning
> apparently was no longer benign. I removed the XbdVariant, and now
> everything is back to normal.
This is not the only possible cause. In my case what was needed was to
include the following line under "InputDevice" in /etc/X11/xorg.conf:
Option "XkbDisable" "true"
No idea why.
Anthony Campbell - firstname.lastname@example.org
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