When using the X.org X server, the keyboard of my PC stops working after a
Applications still run, the mouse pointer follows and still operates the
Apparent "keyboard" functions such as toggling NumLock doesn't make the NumLock
LED change state; same for Caps Lock. Also key combinations such as Ctrl-Alt-Fx
to switch to another virtual console don't work any more.
This happens both with the line Driver "kbd" and Driver "keyboard" in
I'm running on Mandrake 10.0 with all patches until a couple of days ago
installed, X from X.org CVS as of a couple of hours ago.
Platform is a regular PC (built it myself), Pentium-4, 768MB RAM.
Keyboard is PS/2 style, mouse is USB. Login is via KDM.
I'm hoping I can attach XFConfig and Xorg.0.log to this report, if I don't find
how to do that, find them at
In that file the Xorg.0.log.old is from a session with the problem.
The Xorg.0.log is from a session in which I was fast enough to type the
commands to switch back to my old configuration. So if there are messages
relating to the problem, they may be in one file and not the other.
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files as described in the message
Obviously the type of this attachment is a gzipped tar, containing 3 files.
In recent CVS "kbd" and "keyboard" both map to the new driver. Could you try to add
#define UseDeprecatedKeyboardDriver YES
to config/cf/host.def and recompile (you can just do "make Makefiles all" in
programs/Xserver) and then set the keyboard driver to "keyboard" in your config
file. This should set you up with the old driver, so we can see if it's an
issue with the new driver.
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Used your #define.
Did "make world" (after some build error in lib/Xdmcp).
Then the build went fine.
The result was not better than before.
How can I see whether there's a different driver in use ? Diffing the
Xorg.0.log files doesn't appear to show that.
(In reply to comment #4)
> Used your #define.
> Did "make world" (after some build error in lib/Xdmcp).
> Then the build went fine.
> The result was not better than before.
Are you still using the "kbd" driver? That will always load the new driver.
Make sure your keyboard InputDevice section is like this
Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
Option "XkbLayout" "en_US"
Option "XkbOptions" ""
I.e. make sure it has the 'Driver "keyboard"' line.
> How can I see whether there's a different driver in use ? Diffing the
> Xorg.0.log files doesn't appear to show that.
There should be a warning in the log about using the old driver.
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logfile with old driver
Changed the config file to use the old driver; this time the warning about
using that is in the log file.
Behaviour is unchanged : keyboard is dead either immediately (did I write that
already? A KDE session takes a while to start up so the 'live period' of the
keyboard may have passed already; I don't know.) or after a while.
On today's release wranglers call, we decided to set a deadline for patches of
today at 6pm EDT. If patches are available by then, are small and
self-contained, they can still be integreated into the release. Otherwise, we
will move the remaining open bugs to the release notes bug 999 for documentation.
Moving to release notes bug 999 as noted earlier.
I may have found the real reason now; curing this is not something I can do,
unfortunately - leaving that to more knowledgeable folks.
The reason this is happening to me appears to be related to linux's boot.
I am guessing that Xorg's keyboard dies when linux's /bin/login or so
initialises the keyboard. (XFree86 never did this.)
This originally happened to me, I think, because the linux RC scripts
launched X before all other services were finished. One of the services
starting later was - in my initial setup - sendmail with an invalid
configuration file which caused it to pause for two minutes. After that,
the end of the boot would kill my keyboard.
This is now gone, and I've seen Xorg without ever responding to keyboard
events. (Which is worse than initially.)
I've now delayed X startup (/etc/inittab only brings me to level 3).
Then I log in to the console and say "telinit 5" to start X.
In this configuration, everything works.
Modifying inittab again brings me back to the bad state.
So I'm now thinking that Xorg and the bootup interfere with eachother,
leaving Xorg in a bad state no matter in which order they pass by
Does this help anyone ?
Otherwise, I'm pleased to say that X11r6.8 appears to work nicely
on my Mandrake 10.0 .
Confirmed on athlon-xp Gentoo Linux with both via and nforce2 chipsets.
Switching to "evdev" protocol appears to be helping. still no idea what is
causing this or why it is happening. interesting note? logging out via use of
just the mouse, gdm loads up and the keyboard works again. repeatable, sort
Confirmed on a AMD Athlon 64. Running Gentoo 64 with 512 mb's ram. Xorg 6.8.0
with KDE 3.3.0 and Kernel 2.6.9-rc2. Keyboard stops responding, all applications
work as if there were no problem, however the keyboard acts as if it has been
unplugged. Video drivers are Nvidia, motherboard chipset is Via on a Abit KV8.
switched to evdev protocol for input devices (2 mouse devices, 2 keyboards).
have not experienced problem since.
(In reply to comment #9)
(Mandrake 9.2, P4-2.4, 1GB RAM, xorg 6.8.1)
Same pb for me; the bug appears when starting X at boot (with kdm), and
disappears if I log in on console and then startx.
(Mandrake 10.1, P4-3.0, 1GB RAM, xorg 6.8.1)
I get the same reaction with 1 exception, my keyboard never works.
I tried everything listed above with no luck.
I also see this, and like Russel can't do anything to get the keyboard
working. I'm on a centrino notebook. The only way I can type anything is via
an attached USB Keyboard, which before my update from 6.7.0 to 6.8.0/1 just
worked in parallel with the internal keyboard. I just hope somebody has got a
hint how to cure this?
Today I found that things go back to normal for me if I switch from my freshly
installed 2.6.9 kernel back to 126.96.36.199. Hope that helps...
If boot to level 3, wait 2 mins and then start X with "telinit 5" then my
Just like danny backx in comment #9.
Just another comment to confirmed this bug.
My motherboard is an Asus A7N266-E with nforce2 integrated.
The server X (6.7.0-3mdk: Mandrake10.1) freezes just after login. The keyboard
is dead whereas the mouse still active but nothing can be done.
There is no special error message within logs !!!
I hope that someone will resolve this bug.
I hope someone is reading this old bugreport, because this describes exactly
the behaviour of my keyboard with the modular Xorg.
I'll attach xorgs.log, if this happens again.
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I think the problem only occurs, if there is some mouse and keyboard
action...Never experience this bug during hacking text.
I'm also having this problem on x.org 6.9/slackware current. I boot into console and start X
It sometimes takes hours and sometimes only half an hout till my keyboard stops
responding. The Num key doesn't toggle the light.
Everything is back to normal as soon as I exit X (keyboard works on console).
Sorry about the phenomenal bug spam, guys. Adding xorg-team@ to the QA contact so bugs don't get lost in future.
+1. I think bug 7270 is a duplicate of this.
I'm running current xorg git, seeing the issue on an AMD64 (Ubuntu Gutsy pre-release based) laptop. I'm happy to do some work on diagnosing this if noone else has the time. It's annoying enough to make me want to!
Not sure why this was put in the driver/via category. Changing to input/keyboard if bugzilla will let me.
(In reply to comment #23)
> +1. I think bug 7270 is a duplicate of this.
Person in 7270 seems to have basic functionality, just not VT switching or keyboard maps. What one of my F7 users is experiencing, like this report, is complete loss of keyboard responsiveness. It's not hardware as /dev/input/input1 does show keyboard activity.
Ok. I'm still seeing output from xev, but some higher level in the feeding chain seems to be throwing away some keystrokes. In my case, when it happens, modifiers stop working, and so do some other keys (Home, End etc), but a-z and backspace keep working. That's not what you're seing?
I also see this - a seemingly dead keyboard (num lock doesn't toggle light) but yet the /dev/input is seeing the input.
I also see problems with the mouse too (hardly to repro).
Both are USB and I'm running Debian etch on AMD64 with
ii xorg 7.1.0-19 X.Org X Window System
(In reply to comment #25)
> Ok. I'm still seeing output from xev, but some higher level in the feeding
> chain seems to be throwing away some keystrokes. In my case, when it happens,
> modifiers stop working, and so do some other keys (Home, End etc), but a-z and
> backspace keep working. That's not what you're seing?
If you have a second machine, you could figure out where the stuff disappears.
Run X from gdb and put a breakpoint on xf86PostKeyboardEvent. If this breakpoint is hit (but nothing happens), the server loses the event. If not, then the driver does.
Do you have a reproducable testcase?
I'm now convinced it's triggered by VMware; I don't see the issue anymore unless I use VMware and when I do see the issue it's fixed by going into system->preferences->keyboard (Gnome) and selecting a different "Keyboard model" in the Layouts tab.
> --- Comment #28 from Nigel Cunningham <firstname.lastname@example.org> 2008-07-16 16:02:52 PST ---
> I'm now convinced it's triggered by VMware; I don't see the issue anymore
> unless I use VMware and when I do see the issue it's fixed by going into
> system->preferences->keyboard (Gnome) and selecting a different "Keyboard
> model" in the Layouts tab.
does this mean that it happens when you run _inside_ vmware or when you run
vmware as a client?
When I run vmware as a client and switch focus from VMware to another app - that's when I have a chance of seeing it. I think it may be related to whether keys are being pressed in the VMware guest as I move the mouse out of the guest window, but am not completely sure of that. (I really should give it a test, but never seem to find the time).
No response in a few years and the previous assumption that this is a VMWare