Subject: Re: CapsLock kills system!
To: Simon J. Gerraty <>
From: Luke Mewburn <>
List: current-users
Date: 12/06/1993 14:09:55
> This problem has been around since 386bsd days...
> System running very happily, then one accidentally presses CapsLock...
> time to hit RESET...
> Anyone found a cause/fix?

I think someone mentioned a long time ago that a conflict with *bsd &
the way that some keyboards do lights exists. Not that I've seen it,
but that's not to say it doesn't exist. Could be a dodgy k/b
controller chip on your system.

Try seeing if hitting ScrollLock or NumLock also crashes the system...

As for a fix, I'll pull the finger out and post my NO_CAPSLOCK hack
for NetBSD 0.9 (not current) which turns the damn CAPSLOCK key into a
3rd CTRL key. Rather simple (and _usefull_) hack really.

> Yes, I've removed the key from my keyboard now... :-)

That's a solution :)

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