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SubjectRe: horrible usb keyboard bug with latest tests
On Thu, Sep 11, 2003 at 11:38:23PM +0200, Andries Brouwer wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 11, 2003 at 03:46:08PM +0200, Gábor Lénárt wrote:
> > On Thu, Sep 11, 2003 at 05:57:44AM -0700, Mr. Mailing List wrote:
> > > Ok, for the last few test kernels, there is a horribly
> > > annoying usb keyboard bug. after a while in X, or
> > > just when you start putting some input, all the
> > > keyboard lights on on my msnatpro keyboard. after
> > > that, the keycodes are screwed up(like the left alt
> > > button)
> > >
> > > sometimes one key would stick, like
> > > kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
> >
> > For me too, even with a normal keyboard attached to the PS/2 keyboard port.
> > In my case it's very rare, and not a 'constant stick' but short 'pulse' of
> > the same character like displaying 'kkkkkkkkk' in my terminal even if I'm
> > sure that I didn't forget my finger on the key. OK, it's not a showstopper
> > bug, but sometimes annoying. It's 2.6.0-test3 (vanilla).
>
> Yes, I see this too, but very infrequently.
>
> For the 2.6 kernels key repeat is not taken from the keyboard but is
> done via a kernel timer, and clearly the code is not quite correct.
> I have not yet been able to detect it before I already
> had hit the next key but maybe somebody else can answer:

I hit it too on a PS/2 Siemens keyboard, but surprisingly I could only
verify it with both windows keys on the right side of the keyboard (the
ones between altgr and ctrl). It has never happened with a 'regular' key.

It's not very frequent but I get it about once per day or so.

I use those keys to switch consoles, instead of using
alt + [left|right] arrow; and sometimes one gets stucked and scrolls the
consoles around until I press another key.
I'm pretty sure it's not the keyboard as it never happened in 2.4, and
it's been happening since 2.5.5X or .6X IIRC (in fact I think I posted
something about it).


> When does this repeat stop?
> Does it stop because the next key has been hit?

Yes, it stops on any keypress or, if I'm running X, when it hits the X
console.


> And: does it occur more often when the machine has high load?

I have no idea, I really never thought about it but I'll put load and see
what I can find.

Do you mean cpu load or some more complex vm load? (ie. I should "while
true; do true ; done" or "make -j bzImage" =)


Please let me know of anything else I can help you with.


Thanks,
Alberto


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