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Keyboard Auto-Repeat disabled automatically with KDE 4.2 and X.org/X11/HAL

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I was having this problem all day and I think I found the culprit, finally –> me!
Running KDE 4.2 and HAL-configured keyboard and mouse.

I am posting this only to help others who might be having the same problem and have found nothing relevant after Googling all day (like I have).
You can share your different problems in the comments but I’m not sure I can provide you with any assistance in solving this or other problems.

If you ever went to your KDE 4.2 “System Settings” dialog, clicked on “Keyboard & Mouse” then selected “Enable keyboard repeat” but later decided to disable it (thinking it was only a way to customize your keyboard repeat rate and delay, not enable or disable it —  how embarrassing), after a reboot of your system, you will soon find that you don’t have auto-repeat turned on anymore. I didn’t notice this immediately after I turned off auto-repeat from withing the Settings dialog :/.

So all you have to do now is turn it back on. The default delay and rate should be 500 and 30 but you can now set them to whatever values you want.
I also had other problems when this was disabled, like Shift acting as Caps Lock but I later found out it was because Sticky Keys was on — be sure to disable that along with the Activation Gestures from the “Accessibility” dialog.

I wonder if starting KDE under a new user will still have this problem… but too lazy to test after I found my fix.

Anyway, I hope this helps someone.

EDIT: Check the user comments. The issue seems to be fixable in different ways.

Written by brokenthorn

February 15, 2009 at 02:46

Posted in KDE, Linux, Ubuntu

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How to play Real Media in Ubuntu Hardy

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I use Gentoo and Ubuntu systems generally. While playing .rmvb files on Gentoo was just a matter of emerging the win32codecs or the win64codecs (w32/64codecs on Ubuntu), w64codecs aren’t available for you to apt-get install. Fortunately all you have to do to play .rmvb files with mplayer is to get the binary codecs package from mplayerhq for your specific architecture and platform. In my case AMD64/EMT64 Linux. Go to the download section on the mplayerhq web site and download your codec package. Create the /usr/lib/codecs/ folder if it doesn’t exist already and extract the .so files from the archive you download to that folder. Change the folder permission to a+rx and the .so files permissions to 0644. Be sure to use mplayer or gmplayer to play your .rm or .rmvb files.


sudo -i
mkdir temp1
cd temp1
wget http://www8.mplayerhq.hu/MPlayer/releases/codecs/essential-amd64-20071007.tar.bz2
tar xjf essential-amd64-20071007.tar.bz2
# if after running ls you don’t see a lot of .so files but instead you see a folder, run:
# cd that_folder
mkdir /usr/lib/codecs
mv *.so /usr/lib/codecs
chmod 0755 /usr/lib/codecs
chmod 0644 /usr/lib/codecs/*
rm -R temp1

EDIT: In the 64bit version of Arch Linux, this was very easy to install just by doing “pacman -S extra/codecs” (Non-linux native codec pack. (Win32, Real9, QuickTime)).

EDIT: The above instructions should work on all systems, but there’s even an easier way to get w32/w64/codecs and keep them up to date: go to the medibuntu site and read the Repository HowTo.

Written by brokenthorn

May 11, 2008 at 12:41

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