Brad Fitzpatrick (brad) wrote,
Brad Fitzpatrick

Fucking keyboards

Last week I noticed that my keyboard input would "jam" every so often. In the middle of a word, no new letters would appear. This was followed by some horrendous high-pitched sound from the computer. (then again, I can hear this computer's memory access....)

Worse, after the 3-4 second pause, whatever key or keys IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIOUIIDL was hitting last would spew to the screen. See all the gibberish in that last sentence? It did that.

Can you imagine how annoying that is programming or doing sysadmin work?

So naturally I assumed it was my fancy kinesis chair-mounted keyboard at fault. Which meant a lot of time, labor, and money before it'd be fixed.

It got so bad that I switched to another keyboard.

No change.

So now I'm assuming it's the PS/2 port.

The next day I bring in a PS/2 to USB converter.

First thing I notice: the damn adapter seems to have its own key repeater built-in, in addition to the one already in X, so when I hold down a key, holy shit does it fly. Fucking useless. But it's unpredictable.

Second thing I notice: the lockup and gibberish problems still persist.

So it's not the keyboard, and it's not the PS/2 or USB ports.

Kernel? Haven't touched my kernel since March 1st, and nothing's in dmesg.

So I'm at a loss.

Tags: hate, tech

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