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    Default User account refuses keyboard input

    openSuse v11.1
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    VirtualBox v3.1.0

    This is just weird.

    One user account completely ignores all keyboard input. No other account demonstrates this bizarre behavior. The faulty account has had occasional keyboard difficulty but it has always been related to the Virtual Machines (VirtualBox); the hosting account always functioned correctly.

    Then the ban on keyboard input. Poof! "Keyboard? What keyboard? I don't see no stinking keyboard!"

    It is not the physical keyboard. Three different hardware exhibit the same fault. It is not the motherboard; two mb's show the same fault. It is only that one account. And I even took the Windows route of re-installing the OS (what a waste of time that was).

    If something changed, I am not aware of it (although something must have).

    Any ideas where to look? (Remember: I cannot type anything in that account.)

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    Default Re: User account refuses keyboard input

    When you boot, try the failsafe option see if it's better / different.
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    Quote Originally Posted by caf4926 View Post
    When you boot, try the failsafe option see if it's better / different.
    No change at all.

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    Default Re: User account refuses keyboard input

    Am I understanding you correctly. You are taking about a Virtual Machine?
    openSuse v11.1
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    openSUSE 11.1 in Virtual Box

    What is the Host OS?
    Have you installed Guest additions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by caf4926 View Post
    Am I understanding you correctly? You are talking about a Virtual Machine?
    No. Linux is the host machine. The behavior exhibits as soon as I am logged in to the faulty account. Obviously the keyboard input is accepted until the account is loaded.

    I only mentioned VBox since I do not know what would be relevant. VBox has been running VMs (winxp and os/2) for several months now, although the latest version was put in about 2 or 3 weeks ago.

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    Default Re: User account refuses keyboard input

    OK, so do you mean this:

    When you run Virtual Box the Host OS keyboard acts up?
    But this behaviour is not the same in every user account in the Host?
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    Quote Originally Posted by caf4926 View Post
    OK, so do you mean this:
    When you run Virtual Box the Host OS keyboard acts up?
    No. The keyboard problem has only arisen in the one account that uses VMs regularly.

    I do not even know that VBox is in any way related to the issue.

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    Default Re: User account refuses keyboard input

    But the keyboard issue is in the Host? Not the VM

    That is the where the issue exists the keyboard doesn't work in the Host as opposed to It works in the Host but not in the VM.

    And are you saying it only happens when a VM is being used
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    Quote Originally Posted by caf4926 View Post
    But the keyboard issue is in the Host? Not the VM
    Yes, the linux host. Forget I ever mentioned VBox or VMs. Proceed from there.

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    Default Re: User account refuses keyboard input

    If it is that you have an installation that has more than one user account, one of which has this issue, but the others are fine.

    We can assume from this that the problem must be in the user settings and be from the system settings. Therefore, you would do well to look at those settings.
    But is it that you can Never use the keyboard or just sometimes?

    Please tell me if you use kde4 or gnome?
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