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Postby atux_null » 2017-10-28 15:00

hi. i have an installation of debian 9.2 mate amd64. The problem is that i cannot make keypad to work. i did install numlockx but still the keypad it does not. any ideas please?
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Re: mate desktop keypad not working

Postby TonyT » 2017-10-29 01:19

Qhat's a keypad?
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Re: mate desktop keypad not working

Postby atux_null » 2017-10-29 12:34

it is the numeric keypad at the side of the QWERTY keyaboard that has a numlock button for on/off.
unfortunatelly mine it does not work even when i press the numlock button.
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Re: mate desktop keypad not working

Postby debiman » 2017-10-29 13:20

if it doesn't work AT ALL, meaning nothing is printed to e.g. your terminal when you push the keys? NOTHING?
then either your keyboard is not properly recognized by linux, or your hardware is broken.

it should output SOMETHING, regardless of NumLock's state.
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Re: mate desktop keypad not working

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2017-10-29 13:23

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Re: mate desktop keypad not working

Postby atux_null » 2017-10-29 16:58

the keyboard is working apart from the numeric keypad at the side.
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Re: mate desktop keypad not working

Postby TonyT » 2017-10-30 19:50

I have an asus laptop running sid + mate. It has a number keypad. If numlock is ON then the pad keys do nothing except move the cursor up-down-left-right. When numlock is OFF all the keys works as they are supposed to do. Check your keyboard, the numlock key may be broken, i.e. stuck ON.
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Re: mate desktop keypad not working

Postby debiman » 2017-10-31 05:49

TonyT wrote: then the pad keys do nothing except move the cursor up-down-left-right.

well that is SOMETHING in my book.

atux_null wrote:the keyboard is working apart from the numeric keypad at the side.

so NOTHING at all from the keypad?

if your keyboard isn't physically broken, i suspect you have a non-standard device that needs a different driver/setup etc. (you know when you get asked during installation which keyboard model you have).
just a suspicion though.
anyhow, my logic tells me that in that case numlockx cannot help.
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Re: mate desktop keypad not working

Postby atux_null » 2017-10-31 06:14

Hi debiman. The device that debian has been installed is a DELL laptop that has WIN7 as dual boot. In win7 and previously in ubuntu mate the numeric keypad worked without any issues. Now that i have debian 9.2 installed the numeric keypad at the side of the keyboard it does not work at all. Is there a setting that i am missing?
If i reboot the system to win7 or to an ubuntu live cd then the numeric keypad works as deigned.
any ideas on how to overcome this issue, please?
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Re: mate desktop keypad not working

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2017-10-31 06:24

atux_null wrote:any ideas on how to overcome this issue, please?

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# dpkg-reconfigure keyboard-configuration
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Re: mate desktop keypad not working

Postby atux_null » 2017-11-08 20:15

hi. i did try the
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# dpkg-reconfigure keyboard-configuration
and i changed to different keyboards. Unfortunately none of them made the numeric keypad to work.
my laptop is DELL inspiron 15, 5000 series.
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