[CentOS] Keyboard problems on Centos 5.4

Darmath darmath at tpg.com.au
Wed Mar 31 04:13:47 UTC 2010

On 31/03/2010 9:57 AM, Kwan Lowe wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 30, 2010 at 5:02 PM, Scott Silva<ssilva at sgvwater.com>  wrote:
>> on 3-28-2010 9:35 AM Darmath spake the following:
>>>   I installed CentOS 5.4on a WMWare Server virtual machine that's running
>>> on win7. Everything seems to work fine except I get a shit load of error
>>> messages from the console along the lines of when I type on the keyboard:
>> Is the VMWare server edition you have compatible with Windows 7?
> Wonder if it's this:
> http://communities.vmware.com/message/1252545
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Thanks for responding but I dont think that is the problem although I 
obviously can't rule it out.

Perhaps the following information is better provided as follows:

Host Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate Edition (32 bit)
Guest Operating System: CentOS 5.4 (32 bit)
VMWare Server 2.0.2-203138 installed using the only windows installer on 
the VMware website which is described as follows:

VMware Server 2 for Windows Operating Systems. A master installer file 
containing all Windows components of VMware Server.

Whether or not the software is actually compatible with windows 7 at 
this stage I'm having trouble ascertaining from VMWare's site.

The precise error messages are as follows:
atkbd.c: Unknown key pressed (translated set 2 code 0xd9 on isa0060/serio0)
atkbd.c: Use 'setkeycodes e059 <keycode>' to make it known.
atkbd.c: Unknown key released (translated set 2, code 0xd9 on 
atkbd.c: Use 'setkeycodes e059 <keycode> to make it known.

I do see other codes in place of e059 (it's a keyboard scancode?) and in 
place of the 0xd9....The errors themselves dont appear to correspond 
with the pressing or releasing of any particular keys. The errors also 
seem to happen at different rates...on occassions they will vmware 
console screen which make it difficult to do anything. At other times 
just one error message is produced.

Perhaps the best information that I have come across to date in relation 
ot the problem is the following:


Interestingly enough yes I am using a Microsoft Wireless Desktop Elite 
Keyboard and Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 5000 on this system.

It also seems that the problem effects different distro's:
Ubuntu: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/udev/+bug/70317

I guess the first thing to do at this point is to plug in some older 
wired mouse and keyboard and see if the problem persists. If it's this 
problem it's certainly a long lasting one since it appears to go back to 
at least the end of 2004 (almost 6 yrs ago?).

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