[SOLVED] LMDE login screen doesn't show chars on keypress.

[SOLVED] LMDE login screen doesn't show chars on keypress.

Postby darkness on Thu Feb 28, 2013 7:53 am

I was wondering whether anyone else had seen this behaviour. I noticed it after applying Update Pack 6. Basically, when I'm shown the login screen and I type my username, as I'm pressing the keys the characters do not show in the text field. The same thing happens in the password field (although in this case the dots/asterisks do not display). The keypresses are registering since when I press a key the text cursor moves to indicate that a character now preceeds it. Once logged in, if I log back out and repeat the login process the behaviour returns to what it should ordinarily be (username characters are displayed and the password dots/asterisks appear). Anyone have this issue or know how to solve it? Thanks in advance.
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Re: LMDE login screen does not show characters on keypresses

Postby zerozero on Thu Feb 28, 2013 9:47 am

i saw that behaviour yes, sometimes and when the system was using nouveau (at the time i had a nvidia card)
please post the output of
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inxi -Gx
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Re: LMDE login screen does not show characters on keypresses

Postby darkness on Fri Mar 01, 2013 6:11 am

That may well be it as I'm using NVIDIA - it's like a race condition or something. I'll post back with the output you requested this evening. Thank you for your reply.
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Re: LMDE login screen does not show characters on keypresses

Postby darkness on Sun Mar 03, 2013 3:08 pm

Hello, sorry for the late reply. The output to the command you requested I run is:

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Graphics:  Card NVIDIA GT218 [GeForce G210M] X.Org 1.12.4 Res: 1366x768@60.0hz
           GLX Renderer Gallium 0.4 on NVA8 GLX Version 2.1 Mesa 8.0.4 Direct Rendering Yes


Do you have any ideas as to what I could try next based on the output above?

Thanks in advance.
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Re: LMDE login screen does not show characters on keypresses

Postby zerozero on Sun Mar 03, 2013 9:01 pm

i see that you're not using the nvidia drivers, they should solve this issue
you could try this
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apt install nvidia-kernel-dkms nvidia-glx build-essential nvidia-settings nvidia-xconfig

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sudo nvidia-xconfig

reboot
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Re: LMDE login screen does not show characters on keypresses

Postby darkness on Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:05 am

Hi, thanks for your reply. I try not to use the NVIDIA drivers as they used to cause me problems on Ubuntu. I installed them on that platform to solve another issue and instead it caused another one so I stopped using them. If I try what you suggest, what would you suggest as the best way to back the change out if it doesn't work? I'll give it a go anyway. I keep my system light so if I have to rebuild it that won't cause me any great hardship.
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Re: LMDE login screen does not show characters on keypresses

Postby zerozero on Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:08 am

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Re: LMDE login screen does not show characters on keypresses

Postby darkness on Wed Mar 06, 2013 5:27 pm

Hello again zerozero,

So I ran the recommendation and it looks like everything is working as I would expect now so thank you very much for your help.

One question I have: the xorg.conf file that was created does not have the following section in it, which I was expecting to see:

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Section "Module"
...
Load "glx"
EndSection


Should I add this?

Running the previous command you asked (
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inxi -Gx
)now gives me the following:

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Graphics:  Card NVIDIA GT218 [GeForce G210M] X.Org 1.12.4 Res: 1366x768@60.0hz
           GLX Renderer GeForce G210M/PCIe/SSE2 GLX Version 3.3.0 NVIDIA 304.48 Direct Rendering Yes


It looks like everything is loaded but I'm unsure how GLX has been loaded without the aforementioned xorg.conf entry. Does everything look OK to you?

Thanks in advance.
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Re: LMDE login screen does not show characters on keypresses

Postby zerozero on Wed Mar 06, 2013 5:30 pm

hi
the inxi output looks fine, i wouldn't touch xorg.conf if it was me
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Re: LMDE login screen does not show characters on keypresses

Postby darkness on Wed Mar 06, 2013 6:20 pm

Perfect! I'll not tamper with xorg then. Thank you once again for your help, I really appreciate you taking the time to assist me :D
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