Subject: Re: i386 snapshot 990131
To: Jukka Marin <>
From: Manuel Bouyer <>
List: current-users
Date: 02/03/1999 19:01:01
On Feb 3, Jukka Marin wrote
> Having problems with the i386 snapshot of Jan 31:
> - When I start an xterm, I can only type with CAPS ON (ie. everything works
>   as if capslock was on.).  Hitting capslock does not help (the capslock LED
>   goes on and off, but wscons (or whatever) doesn't obey it).

I don't have this problem on my desktop ...

> - When I click on the logout button in KDE, KDE asks if I want to log out
>   (ok), but when I click OK, the system locks up.  Hard disk LED stays on
>   and I can no longer ping the machine (so it's completely dead).  I have to
>   power off to get the machine up again.  I have 48 MB of RAM and 256 MB
>   of swap (on a separate partition), so I'm not running out of memory, at
>   least.

Do you have DDB in your kernel ?
If so try to turn of ddd_onpanic (sysctl) to get a core dump (maybe) ...

> - I can't switch between virtual consoles.  Alt-ctrl-Fn doesn't work.  Does
>   wsconsole use some other key combination?

No, it should be this. "works for me ....".

> - On my laptop (ThinkPad 310E), when XFree blanks the screen, the backlight
>   stays on.  When I boot the machine in single user mode, the screen saver
>   turns off the backlight as well.  Any ideas how I could make XFree do the
>   same?

I guess this is a power management issue. In text mode it should be the BIOS
who turns off the screen. Try to disable xfree's screen saver, and let the bios
do it ...

Manuel Bouyer, LIP6, Universite Paris VI.