Last week I built a Windows 8 desktop PC from parts, and it’s working beautifully. So today I am, for the first time ever, trying Linux as dual boot. Being ignorant of computer things outside the Microsoft world, there is a bit of a learning curve
I downloaded the DVD image, burned it, and partitioned/installed OpenSuse 12.2 with KDE.
The mouse is always recognized, but keystrokes from my standard Kensington keyboard, not usually. I do find that inside Libre Office keystrokes are recognized, but not generally in the browsers. I thought to try Chrome, but I cannot install it because I cannot enter my password.
Looking at threads here, I got the idea to check the log. In the Konqueror command line interface, where the keyboard is recognized, I tried:
tail -f /var/log/messages
as well as:
tail -n 200 /var/log/messages
In both cases, I get a message saying “cannot open for reading” and “permission denied.”
Down the road, I’d like to port my Kindle cleanup freeware (https://sites.google.com/site/kincleaner/) from Windows to Linux, maybe using Gambas. Crawl and walk first, then run.
Am 07.11.2012 17:06, schrieb PhilaEisenberg:
> Down the road, I’d like to port my Kindle cleanup freeware
> (https://sites.google.com/site/kincleaner/) from Windows to Linux,
> maybe using Gambas. Crawl and walk first, then run.
I cannot help with your problem, but since you mention that porting of
your software and I read “written with Microsoft Visual Basic Express
2010” it might be much easier for you to port it with monodevelop and vb.net (install version 3.0.5 of monodevelop it works with visual basic
and the mono port is available in the openSUSE repositories).
If you need more details (after you have a working system of course)
open a thread in the programming subforum.
Hope someone can help you with the keyboard problem.
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On 11/07/2012 05:06 PM, PhilaEisenberg wrote:
> tail -f /var/log/messages
> as well as:
> tail -n 200 /var/log/messages
> In both cases, I get a message saying “cannot open for reading” and
> “permission denied.”
because everything in /var is ‘owned’ by root and you (as a user) are
prevented from seeing it…so, try first becomming root by providing
the root password after typing
(don’t forget the -)
and then whatever tail you wanna use…maybe try
tail -n 100 /var/log/messages | less
which will let you scroll down the last 100, and back up if you
wish…and it will grow as stuff happens…
as for the intermittent keyboard problem (i understand it works some
places but not others–very strange)
if Knurpht’s post fixes, great…but if not maybe you could try a
is it USB? if so just unplug it and then replug it in a different UBS
port (maybe one on the MB is fried)
oh, if you have visited the section where one can make accessibility
adjustments, you might go back there Configure Desktop > Accessibility
and make sure Modifier Keys, Keyboard Filters and Activation Gestures
are turned off… if that solves the problem and you do need some
accessibility services you will need to try again…
That’s what I did after failing to find the original keyboard model on the appsetting list. I switched from the Kensington USB keyboard, which is not on the list, to a generic (inland brand) PS/2 keyboard, and now I am posting this from Konqueror.
“su -” worked for getting to the log. Obviously I have a bit more to learn about the command line.
On 11/07/2012 09:26 PM, PhilaEisenberg wrote:
> to a generic (inland brand) PS/2 keyboard, and now I
> am posting this from Konqueror.
so it was a hardware problem with the keyboard…hmmmm
you might try doing some reading…use a google search string like
site:opensuse.org Kensington keyboard
that one above will force google to look only in opensuse.org, or if
no help there, you might try
linux suse “kensington keyboard”
oh, and it would be even better if you include the KB the model number
now, be careful because you will (probably) find a ‘solution’ for some
Linux in 2001, which is as different from your openSUSE as is Win95 from
Win8…so, if you find a solution you might ask someone here their
opinion on if it might be safe, or not…well, let me foot stomp this
fact: there ARE solutions for openSUSE 11.1 which will NOT work on 12.2
and might kill it!! Linux moves fast…lots faster than anything else
bring lots of patience…and you’ll be able to port your freeware in no
time, or more (be sure to find our programming forum for that: http://tinyurl.com/5v695w4)