Keyboard repeat problem

Bruce Cran bruce at
Mon Mar 10 12:55:14 PDT 2008

Rui Tiago Cação Matos wrote:
> On 09/03/2008, Bruce Cran <bruce at> wrote:
>> I'm seeing a problem with the keyboard repeat in Xorg 7.3 on FreeBSD
>>  7.0/amd64 on a Dell laptop.  When I press and hold a key at most about
>>  20 characters are displayed before stopping; usually
>>  the repeat doesn't happen and only a single character is
>>  displayed.  This happens no matter what window
>>  manager I use, and I've tried both the built-in keyboard and an external
>>  USB Dell keyboard.  The configuration section of xorg.conf contains:
> I share your pain. It also happens to me on a Latitude D630 running
> both linux distros I've used with it: Fedora 7 and 8. I guess it's an
> hardware problem though I'd have to see how Windows behaves but I
> don't have it installed anymore ;-)
> Anyway, I don't find it much of a problem though, as it happens very seldomly.
> Rui

On this laptop it happens all the time when I'm running Xorg. I can 
switch to the console and the keyboard works fine; switch back to Xorg 
and the keyboard repeat stops working.  I don't see the problem in 
Windows XP either.


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