Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 217559
NumLck default reset after logging into laptop
Last modified: 2009-09-29 21:18:33 EDT
Description of problem:
NumLck default is re-set after logging in
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
RHEL5 Beta2 CSB
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Log into T42 laptop
2. open any text based window (terminal, word processor, etc.)
3. type letters on the RHS of the keyboard - numerical values are displayed
instead of characters
alphanumeric values are displayed instead letters
Additional info: T42 laptop. Snippet from IRC to describe the behavior.
ronp_mtg Jeff: I'm getting a NumLk after logging into the platform - BZ or Trac?
This is a T42 laptop
jeff Not sure what you're saying.
ronp_mtg After I log into my laptop, it appears that the NumLock key is all of a
sudden set. For example:
jeff That's a BIOS setting.
ronp_mtg Hmm. Even after logging into the laptop?
ronp_mtg I have the same Kerberos PW for the laptop and e-mail.
jeff It's not set, then you log in and it gets set?
ronp_mtg I can successfully log into the laptop. If I then try to access
anything that requires the same, it gets garbled.
ronp_mtg I tested this theory by logging into the laptop, opening a word
processor, retype my password, and see the characters are replaced by numbers at
the end of the PW.
ronp_mtg If I hit a shift NumLock, then things are back to normal.
jeff Well, the first thing I'd check is the BIOS numlock setting.
ronp_mtg But shouldn't that also affect the initial login screen?
jeff Hmm. Yeah. Now I see what you're saying.
Can you offer me a patch for this progressively annoying bug? If I use caps
lock, I then need to use shift+numlck to unlock several keys. I then have to do
the same *again* after taking caps lock off.
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Uggghhh. This affects a wide array of ThinkPads: T41, T40, T60, etc. Someone
should consider documenting the work-around so that people have a clue as to
what is going on here and have 1/2 chance of staying productive with their
laptops when they undock or re-dock a system, or when they boot un-docked.
To be clear, this problem has nothing to do with docking stations themselves
since this bug is clearly visible when booting without being docked, too.
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This request was previously evaluated by Red Hat Product Management
for inclusion in the current Red Hat Enterprise Linux release, but
Red Hat was unable to resolve it in time. This request will be
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So which version of RHEl5, if any, do we plan on addressing this?
proposing for 5.3
Ronald, any reaction to comment 15?
I am still having this problem with Fedora 12 with an external USB Thinkpad keyboard.
Warren, please open a separate bug for the F12 issue. The X server input code between RHEL 5.4 and F12 has changed a lot.