AcerNote NOVA 's weird lock in SuSE Linux

AcerNote NOVA 's weird lock in SuSE Linux

Post by Juan » Thu, 06 Aug 1998 04:00:00

Hi. I installed S.u.S.E. Linux 5.1 in an AcerNote NOVA laptop , but it
does random keyboard locks. I can telnet to the machine after that, but
it's impossible to use the console after such lock.

Any advice or help will be appreciated.



1. Weird problem with 'Num Lock' key and XFree86


I recently installed Red Hat Linux 5.0 ('Hurricane') in my new(ish) PC,
and although I am generally getting on pretty well with it, I've
discovered a strange bug/feature with XFree86. When Linux starts, the
Num Lock key is switched off, and everything works fine (except the
numeric keypad, of course - it's in the 'cursor keys' function).
However, if I switch Num Lock back on, numerous XFree86 stuff starts
playing up; Gimp ignores all keyboard shortcuts, the window manager (it
doesn't matter which one) won't send windows to the top, and xfm's
right-click context menu doesn't work (it pops up, but nothing else
happens - menu entries don't invert). What on earth is going on? It all
goes away when Num Lock is pressed again...

Is this a bug or a 'feature'? I'm using a Siemens Nixdorf keyboard (PS/2
style socket, standard otherwise) with a UK keyboard map ( signs work
fine, and all the other keys are present and correct, at any rate).

Please email me if you have any ideas what's happening - I don't get to
use the Newsgroups much, and comp.os.linux.misc traffic is rather

Thanks for any help...

Adam Foster (a bit of a Linux newbie)

BTW does anyone know of a nicer file manager than xfm? It's alright but
a bit long in the tooth; something along the lines of Thing for the
Atari ST would be nice... :)

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