Martin Kho wrote:
I have a strange issue. In the BIOS I've set the NumLock to on.
it is turned off (huh..), so I have set 'Turn on' 'NumLock on KDE
I reported this bug on October 20, 2008 and it has remained unfixed through all
versions of fedora and rawhide since then. It is bz# 467790. I have tried setting
bios numlock on, bios numlock off, kde to on, kde to off, kde to unchanged, but
nothing works. Only a couple of weeks ago, after over 2 years of complaining on
bugzilla, have I given up. I now have bios off, kde to unchanged, and the system
boots with numlock off and I have to expressly turn it on when I use it.
Admittedly, as I think the number pad is a bit useless and superfluous anyway, I
don't use it much anyway. Prior to about fedora 7 or 6, this used to work
Since KDE 4.3.4, when I wanted to have quotes ('`"...) I
needed to type an
extra space. Typically a wrong keyboard lay out was chosen!? I Just enabled
'Enable keyboard layouts' in 'Regional & Language' and didn't
This solved the 'quotes-issue', but it turns off the NumLock-light (NumLock-
function is still turned on).
I am not really sure what is going on there and I am not a developer or
expert. It sounds somewhat like there is a possibility that maybe you might be
getting the excellent us-acentos (international) keyboard layout by default. If
this is the case and you don't like it, you can disable it in system-settings,
regional/keyboard. Enable keyboard layouts and make sure you have the evdev-managed
keyboard, no matter what model you really have, select your language below, and
under layout variant for your language, choose default to disable the international
If you want to give it a try after all, select international (with dead keys). This
international is also known as acentos on the command line and it has the advantage
of allowing the keys on the keyboard to work like they are supposed to, ie. the
accents for many European and other languages really work (you type the accent,
then the letter, and the accented character will be typed). When you want the
accent typed as a character, then you type the right alt (sometimes AltGr) along
with the character (note that many of the accent characters appear on the upper
case level, so you have to type right-Alt-Shift plus the accent; I think there is
also a way to do this with the space bar preceded by the accent character, but I
have not used that method and am not sure exactly how it works).
This takes a day or two to get used to, mainly when using the frequently occurring
apostrophe and quotation mark, but once you are used to it, you will wonder how you
ever got along without it. It allows you to type names and words correctly without
having to enter cryptic codes or using cumbersome tools such as kcharselect to
enter the characters.