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  1. #1
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    May 2009
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    Unhappy Spurious alt key presses

    Hi gurus,

    I have a most annoying problem of spurious alt key presses. I fired up xev and indeed, when I don't do nothing I occasionally get a couple of events like this:

    KeyPress event, serial 35, synthetic NO, window 0x4000001,
    root 0xac, subw 0x0, time 3397837, (109,107), root116,158),
    state 0x0, keycode 64 (keysym 0xffe9, Alt_L), same_screen YES,
    XLookupString gives 0 bytes:
    XmbLookupString gives 0 bytes:
    XFilterEvent returns: False

    KeyRelease event, serial 35, synthetic NO, window 0x4000001,
    root 0xac, subw 0x0, time 3397837, (109,107), root116,158),
    state 0x8, keycode 64 (keysym 0xffe9, Alt_L), same_screen YES,
    XLookupString gives 0 bytes:
    XFilterEvent returns: False

    Notice the times! In a normal keypress you would never have the exact same time for both the press and the release. I don't believe it's a hardware problem per-se because I don't see this on windowz. Any solution or workaround? This is really annoying...

    I'm using ubuntu 9.04 fully updated, and the computer is a compaq presario laptop.

    Thx,

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
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    Re: Spurious alt key presses

    The same problem here on 11.10. Have you found any solution?

  3. #3
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    Jun 2008
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    Re: Spurious alt key presses

    Replying to myself: Never run Totem - it's pressing your Alt. (It's not a problem in Unity itself but Openoffice and Windows in VirtualBox are quite annoying.

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