How to fix a broken keypad

OK, it’s not really broken, but I have had a problem on my Slackware 12 Linux machine where the keypad suddenly stops working. The only way I have been able to fix this, until now, is to restart KDE.

This happened to me today, so I did some research.

KDE provides a handy mouse emulation mode where, by pressing SHIFT+NUMLOCK or SHIFT+CTL+NUMLOCK you can use the keypad to move the mouse cursor. I have been accidentally hitting this key combination. Of course, when I just type on the numbers with normal work activity, I don’t notice the mouse moving.

To correct my keypad activity, I just had to press SHIFT+NUMLOCK again.

Bob Weber

My name is Bob Weber and I live in Greeley Colorado. This blog is my personal views, ideas, comments, etc.. You will probably learn more about me by reading the entries here than you will in this bio.