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Thread: Compose key setting is lost after reboot

  1. #1
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    Compose key setting is lost after reboot

    Hi all,

    I've recently done an upgrade from 7.10 to 8.04 on a Dell Latitude D630. I've noticed that after a reboot, the setting I use for the 'Compose key', the left Win-key, does not work.

    However, after a reboot, I go to System -> Preferences -> Keyboard, select the Layout tab, click on the Layout Options button, and the 'Compose key position' is in bold, indicating that this option is set! Sure enough, if I expand this option, the 'Left Win-key' option is selected, but this key doesn't operate as the Compose key until I uncheck the selection box and check it again. Once I do this, it works fine.

    After reading a few posts, I'm going to try setting this in the xorg.conf file in the default input device section and see if it sticks over reboots.

    Cheers,
    Greg

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    Re: Compose key setting is lost after reboot

    Exact same problem here, I find that unticking the setting and then reticking gets it going again but only until I restart. Did you find a solution?

    EDIT: I'm on 8.04 AMD64 here and am also trying to set it to left win-key

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    Re: Compose key setting is lost after reboot

    If you don't want to edit files, you can put an entry in Sessions, Startup. Here is what I use to change a key to the tab key:
    Code:
    xmodmap -e "keycode 112 = Tab"
    Just substitute keys. If you don't know the key codes, an app called xev will let you press a key and tell you what the code is.

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    Re: Compose key setting is lost after reboot

    Yes, I got it fixed by adding the key map to the xorg.conf file manually. I don't have the config here, but you can Google for the xorg configuration to set the mapping in the xorg.conf file.

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