Bug 91765

Summary: Kernel resets or ignores BIOS numlock setting
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: Need Real Name <lsof>
Component: kernelAssignee: Arjan van de Ven <arjanv>
Status: CLOSED WONTFIX QA Contact: Brian Brock <bbrock>
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Description Need Real Name 2003-05-27 17:24:28 EDT
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User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.4b) Gecko/20030516
Mozilla Firebird/0.6

Description of problem:
My BIOS is set so that numlock should be on.

When Red Hat has finished booting, it is not on.
Windows had no problem.

How reproducible:
Always

Additional info:
Originally filed as bug 87946.
Comment 1 Bill Nottingham 2003-05-27 17:28:52 EDT
At which point does the light go out?
Comment 2 Need Real Name 2003-05-28 13:27:56 EDT
It's difficult to say - but one of the messages I read as the lines of text
flashed passed mentioned that the ramdisk driver had been initiliased.

So, after grub and before init runs.
Comment 3 Miloslav Trmac 2003-05-29 09:15:40 EDT
The kernel resets Num Lock. The comments in code mention
that on some laptops, Num Lock switched on causes
keys uiojklm,. (or other near keys) to act as
a numeric keypad instead of letters.

I have no idea whether this is true though.
Comment 4 Alan Cox 2003-06-05 11:31:07 EDT
Its one of those "religious" issues. Red Hat could decide to do different things
to the mainstream but for such a minor item it is not clear it is helpful. In
addition it gets more complicated once people start hotplugging USB keyboards..