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  1. #1
    SuseNeo NNTP User

    Default Keyboard freezes


    Twice now since I installed openSUSE 11.0 a few days ago, my keyboard
    has frozen up completely and the only way I could advance was to use the
    power-off button to shut down completely and reboot. (I thought one of
    the arguments for Linux was supposed to be that it didn't do things like
    the blue screen of death.)

    Anyway, what could be causing this?
    Is there anything to do other than forcibly power down when it
    happens?

    I have this installed as dual boot (with XP) on Lenovo 3000 N100.

    Thanks.


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    foresthill NNTP User

    Default Re: Keyboard freezes


    If your caps lock light was flashing, it's probably a bad wireless
    driver. Do you use wireless? If not disable it.


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    davidgurvich NNTP User

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    At what point does the keyboard freeze? Before/After loading the
    kernel, Before/After the xserver starts, while starting initial
    services? Does the same occur if you use the failsafe boot? Did you
    use the livecd to install?

    If you can use the keyboard during boot and kernel loading, I suspect a
    problem with the graphics driver for your system. You may want to take
    a look at xorg.conf.


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    SuseNeo NNTP User

    Default Re: Keyboard freezes


    The second time it froze was when I was scrolling through a web page
    (NYTimes) on Firefox. If I remember correctly, that was the case the
    first time also.

    PS--where is xorg.conf located?

    Thanks.


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    smpoole7 NNTP User

    Default Re: Keyboard freezes


    Try a different keyboard.


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    SuseNeo NNTP User

    Default Re: Keyboard freezes


    Lenovo 3000 N100 is a laptop, so it's a bit hard to try a different
    keyboard.


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    smpoole7 NNTP User

    Default Re: Keyboard freezes


    SuseNeo;1934206 Wrote:
    > Lenovo 3000 N100 is a laptop, so it's a bit hard to try a different
    > keyboard.


    Well, that's true. I didn't notice the make/model info.


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    davidgurvich NNTP User

    Default Re: Keyboard freezes


    The problem could be the xorg driver, firefox, or corruption of some
    binary. If the keyboard freezes only when firefox is used, try
    uninstalling firefox, do a package update for your system, then
    reinstall firefox. You could also try using opera or konqueror instead.
    I did have an issue with firefox when the wrong version of xulrunner got
    installed during an update.

    If the keyboard freezes using other programs your issue is something
    else, though updating everything may fix that also.


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    Ecky NNTP User

    Default Re: Keyboard freezes


    Lenovo 3000 N100 is a laptop, so it's a bit hard to try a different
    keyboard.

    Not if you have a usb keyboard handy ;P


    I had a quick look on google and some models of he laptop have nvidia
    geforce graphics, I've had the same as you're experiencing happen before
    using an nvidia card until the drivers were installed

    What graphics card does yours have?

    If it's the nvidia have you installed the nvidia drivers?


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    SuseNeo NNTP User

    Default Re: Keyboard freezes


    The graphics card is an Intel 945 GM.

    The freeze happened again tonight. I think I happened to move on the
    touch pad at the same time I was using an up or down arrow. Don't know
    if that means a bug (abuse of me) or if it means abuse by me.

    I've heard of a keystroke method to escape a frozen desktop and get to
    a terminal window, though I can't remember what it was. But in this case
    the keyboard seems to go completely dead. Do I have any option in such a
    case other than a forced power-down?

    Thanks.


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