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Keyboard stops responding randomly

Postby sleepee on Fri Nov 05, 2010 10:47 pm

hello everybody. first i'd like to say, i've been an ubuntu user for just a couple years, and i've finally decided to give linux mint a try after hearing so much hype about it. right now i'm using linux mint 10 rc and for the most part, i've really liked it.
i do have one small situation though.
for some reason, as of the last day or 2, i've had issues with my keyboard. it seems whenever i have more than two programs running at a time, my keyboard stops responding. once i close the third program, my keyboard works again without a problem.
i have no idea what i did to make this happen. i make sure my system is always up to date. and i haven't installed any shady software, that i know of.
the last software that i installed was lirc, but i doubt that had anything to do with this.. i really have no idea. i'm just wondering if anybody else has experienced this or knows anything about this. thanks guys..

edit: found out what triggered the keyboard unresponsiveness..
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Re: Keyboard stops responding randomly

Postby Hatch on Sat Nov 06, 2010 2:54 am

edit: found out what triggered the keyboard unresponsiveness..


Can you explain what it was and how you fixed for others who might encounter the same problem? Also, be sure to mark the topic with a [SOLVED] tag.
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Re: Keyboard stops responding randomly

Postby sleepee on Sat Nov 06, 2010 11:20 am

sorry, i didn't mean i fixed the problem.
i just meant that i realized when the problem starts.
it's when i have a certain number of programs running. for example, if i have firefox, totem, and jdownloader open at the same time, my keyboard stops working. i have to close one of those programs for my keyboard to work again. i don't know how to fix it yet. i just know how the problem starts..
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Re: Keyboard stops responding randomly

Postby willie42 on Sun Nov 07, 2010 2:44 pm

goto control center>keyboard>typing break see if there is a check in the box to enforce typing break
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Re: Keyboard stops responding randomly

Postby frank_claessen on Tue Nov 23, 2010 3:37 pm

sleepee wrote:sorry, i didn't mean i fixed the problem.
i just meant that i realized when the problem starts.
it's when i have a certain number of programs running. for example, if i have firefox, totem, and jdownloader open at the same time, my keyboard stops working. i have to close one of those programs for my keyboard to work again. i don't know how to fix it yet. i just know how the problem starts..


Hi all,

I have a similar problem. Still trying to figure out what makes it happen.

In my case the back space key and the delete key both stop working.
The delete-key on the keypad keeps working.

Testing the non-responsive keys with xev shows indeed no response at all from both keys.

I was under the assumption that the keys stopped working while entering text in a search field in Firefox. I have installed Chromium which shows the same problem.

Following the next post - control-center/keyboard/check if there is a tick before typing break - the keyboard started functioning normal. While typing this message it stopped working again and - after selecting a portion of text and typing on - it started reacting again.

In short - it is still very uncertaing what happens and what triggers it.

EDIT- the trigger is still not clear but the solution is now!! It stops backspacing? cursor to the left, select the text, overtype and VOILA! Backspace works again.

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Re: Keyboard stops responding randomly

Postby frank_claessen on Sun Nov 28, 2010 5:26 pm

frank_claessen wrote:
sleepee wrote:sorry, i didn't mean i fixed the problem.
i just meant that i realized when the problem starts.
it's when i have a certain number of programs running. for example, if i have firefox, totem, and jdownloader open at the same time, my keyboard stops working. i have to close one of those programs for my keyboard to work again. i don't know how to fix it yet. i just know how the problem starts..


Hi all,

I have a similar problem. Still trying to figure out what makes it happen.

In my case the back space key and the delete key both stop working.
The delete-key on the keypad keeps working.

Testing the non-responsive keys with xev shows indeed no response at all from both keys.

I was under the assumption that the keys stopped working while entering text in a search field in Firefox. I have installed Chromium which shows the same problem.

Following the next post - control-center/keyboard/check if there is a tick before typing break - the keyboard started functioning normal. While typing this message it stopped working again and - after selecting a portion of text and typing on - it started reacting again.

In short - it is still very uncertaing what happens and what triggers it.

EDIT- the trigger is still not clear but the solution is now!! It stops backspacing? cursor to the left, select the text, overtype and VOILA! Backspace works again.

Cheers Frank


Hi all,

Guess I have to admit that my keyboard problem appeared to be a hardware problem. A 3 month "old" laptop giving trouble :evil: You might say I am disappointed!!

Sorry for perhaps misleading information from my part
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Re: Keyboard stops responding randomly

Postby willie42 on Sun Nov 28, 2010 5:37 pm

What kind of laptop is it.....I want to make sure I dont buy the same kind
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Re: Keyboard stops responding randomly

Postby frank_claessen on Sun Nov 28, 2010 5:41 pm

willie42 wrote:What kind of laptop is it.....I want to make sure I dont buy the same kind


It' s an Ahtec Sense CM761S notebook - not even the cheapest machine around. Paid over 600 Euro for it!!

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Re: Keyboard stops responding randomly

Postby linux.user on Mon Dec 10, 2012 5:12 am

I'm using the Fujitsu P3010 AMD CPU notebook. Everything worked fine with Linux Mint 13. I upgraded to Linux Mint 14 using the apt method. Everything seems to work fine and in rare occasions the keys from the keyboard simply stops working (I cannot input anything, either in a password window, a search window, or inside the notepad, or in libreoffice).

Any suggestions to help identify the problem will be appreciated.

One more issue: having uped to 14. the "other software" tab in "Software Sources" still shows "Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin". When I "Edit the Source, the URL is: http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/, and Distribution shows "quantal". I suppose this is a cosmetic issue. It will be nice to have it fixed.

Cordially,

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