Keyboard stops working on Ubuntu - slow-keys
28 Jan 2013 in TIL
Since I started using i3, every now and then it would seem as though my keyboard's stopped working. Usually, I just reboot the machine and it starts working again. This time though, I wanted to try and work out why it happened.
I noticed that if I held a key down, it would actually output it to the screen. A bit of searching later, and it seems as though I'd accidentally managed to enable
slow-keys by holding down shift for 8 seconds.
The majority of the solutions involve opening up keyboard preferences and disabling it. Unforunately, I don't have a menu to find this in so I needed to disable it via the command line. Fortunately, it's quite easy to do.
# Install xkbset for managing keyboard optionssudo apt-get install xkbset# Disable slow-keysxkbset -sl# Disable accessibility so slow-keys won't turn back onxkbset -a