Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 623239
Keyboard stops working after disabling touch-pad
Last modified: 2013-01-10 01:08:42 EST
Description of problem:
Laptop keyboard doesn't work after locking touch-pad using given hardware lock key.
I am using HP laptop, configuration details are given in "Additional info", running Fedora 13 x86_64.
While using Eclipse IDE or any other text editor program such as gvim to disable mouse pointer movement while typing, I disabled touch-pad using hardware key given, but after pressing the touch-pad lock key cursor on Eclipse IDE disappears and keyboard doesn't work and typing is not possible.
Also, even if mouse works after enabling touch-pad, menu system doesn't work i.e. clicking on "Application" menu sub-menu doesn't appear and it is not possible to restart the system using mouse.
Fortunately only following key combinations are found to be working:
1. Ctrl + Alt + Del : through which it is possible to restart the system.
2. Ctrl + Alt + F2, Ctrl + Alt + F3, Ctrl + Alt + F4, Ctrl + Alt + F5, Ctrl + Alt + F6
When above key combination is pressed, then keyboard is found to be working on console.
After restarting the system keyboard works fine.
Tried switching to different - older version of kernel but same issue.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Open any text editor or shell such as gnome-shell.
2. Disable touch-pad by pressing touch-pad lock key.
3. Try to write using laptop in-built keyboard.
Model : HP Pavillion dv6t 1100 CTO
Processor : Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 2.0 GHz
Memory : 4 GB
Operating System : Fedora 13 x86_64 using GNOME 2.30.0 (All Updates installed)
Kernel : Linux 18.104.22.168-147.2.4.fc13.x86_64
Created attachment 456933 [details]
force touchpad button release
Broken hardware that doesn't send a key release when pressing the touchpad on/off button.
This won't fix _all_ the problems with the buttons on those laptops, but will certainly help not losing the keyboard as well.
See bug 600650 for the rest of the fun.
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