Ubuntu Keyboard Problem


A friend of mine has started off with Ubuntu as his preferred distro.  He is relatively new to Linux, and really seems to enjoy it.  He just sent me an e-mail, which I will paste in the relevant part detailing the problem and his solution.  Hope this helps someone out!

(modified quote):

“I had a sudden problem with my keyboard this afternoon.  All of a sudden it stopped working in kde after I logged in.  At the system log in prompt the keyboard works fine.  Rebooting did not solve the problem.  Power off waiting a few hours did not solve the problem but I was more relaxed after.  I googled to find a solution.  I was able to log in to gnome and use google to find the solution.  The solution was to modify a kde config file.  After I used vi and modified the file the keyboard started working again under kde.
Solution:  cd under your home directory to /.kde/share/config and modify the file kaccessrc.  Change the line: SlowKeys=true to SlowKeys=false.

That’s all it was but without google I would be reaching for the cd to rebuild a box (or forever use gnome).”

Again, hope this is useful to someone out there.

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16 Responses

  1. thanks, man! a friend who’s new to it had the same problem. I had just installed Kubuntu and all he needed on it, and then he called me telling me his keyboard was having problems, thanks for sharing this!

  2. Glad it helped.

  3. Helped me too! My next question – what the hell changed it in the first place!?

  4. No idea, dude. Glad it helped, though.

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  6. I will pass that on to my friend. Thanks for the good feedback!

  7. Hi,
    I get similar problem. But I am not using kde but gnome, so there is no such directory .kde in my home directory. Any other solution?

  8. Thank you so much, I have a similar problem. it resolved.

  9. I really appreciate your post.
    Suddenly, I had the same problem.
    Thank you.

  10. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

    I have this problem on kde 4.

    Thank you again.

  11. Actually I did not had the line SlowKeys. But then I added it and assigned it to false….and it worked. Thanks a lot.

  12. Your post is very helpful, thank you!

  13. I had trouble using command lines to follow these instructions, but they tipped me off to the fact that what we are dealing with is an Accessibility feature. I went into the System Settings (since mouse was working fine to point and click) and in Accessibility found where Slow Keys had been accidentally turned on through an inadvertent keystroke combination. I turned off Slow Keys and disabled other options that would make turning on Accessibility features from the keyboard impossible.

  14. Thank you, it solved the problem for me too!!

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