Bug 803907 - Keyboard is non-functional in gdm-simple-greeter
Keyboard is non-functional in gdm-simple-greeter
Status: CLOSED WONTFIX
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gdm (Show other bugs)
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x86_64 Linux
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Assigned To: Ray Strode [halfline]
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Reported: 2012-03-15 19:02 EDT by David M. Lloyd
Modified: 2012-08-07 14:31 EDT (History)
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Description David M. Lloyd 2012-03-15 19:02:25 EDT
Description of problem:
When the GDM login screen appears, it comes up normally, however it doesn't accept keyboard input.  Instead you get beeps when you hit keys (including modifier keys).  You cannot even do a ctrl-alt-backspace or ctrl-alt-Fn to switch consoles.  Interestingly though, if you hit shift 5 times the sticky keys dialog comes up.

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How reproducible:
Difficult to say.  It happens on my computer, not on my wife's, which is also an Intel F15 x86_64 system.  It was also reported in a completely different distro here: http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=55&t=93286&p=543409

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Get to login screen
2. Try to type your password
3. Fail
  
Actual results:
Beeps when you hit keys.

Expected results:
Keystrokes work.

Additional info:
Can be worked around by enabling automatic login in GDM.  Not very wise for security reasons, but it might give a hint as to what's going on.  Switching to XDM or similar also works, though if you choose XDM then NetworkManager may not work (and presumably other things as well) if you don't use Gnome due to Gnome security stuff not being started.
Comment 1 David M. Lloyd 2012-03-15 19:03:33 EDT
Forgot to give my GDM info:

Name        : gdm
Arch        : x86_64
Epoch       : 1
Version     : 3.0.4
Release     : 1.fc15
Size        : 5.8 M
Repo        : installed
From repo   : updates
Summary     : The GNOME Display Manager
URL         : http://download.gnome.org/sources/gdm
License     : GPLv2+
Description : GDM provides the graphical login screen, shown shortly after boot up,
            : log out, and when user-switching.
Comment 2 David M. Lloyd 2012-03-15 19:14:18 EDT
Possible related incidents in other distros:

https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=132955 - similar symptoms but hard to say if it's the same problem
http://forum.elivecd.org/read.php?12,2144,2144 - might be a clue?
http://forums.opensuse.org/english/get-technical-help-here/install-boot-login/458885-gdm-w-o-keyboard.html
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