numlock ON before logging in

JOHN GREENE jack__greene5 at
Sun Aug 19 14:47:41 UTC 2007

Hi Antonio,

    I am always amazed in my ability to look at something and not see it. The # was in front of NumLock! *@!.*%<mailto:*@!.*> Thanks - it works as expected now.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: kubadmin<mailto:kubadmin at> 
  To: kubuntu-users at<mailto:kubuntu-users at> 
  Sent: Sunday, August 19, 2007 5:32 AM
  Subject: Re: numlock ON before logging in

  Hi Jack,

  It has always worked for me. Strange...
  The parameter should be NumLock=On
  Why? The reason is simple. In my case the Bios setup has numlock On on boot 
  but when the system switches to X (before KDE login) it switches numlock to 
  Off. That is what the utility numlockx is supposed to solve but as I 
  mentioned before I don't manage to make it work in kubuntu.
  So, if you choose Keep and X has turned it to Off it will stay Off. That's why 
  it must be ON.
  Are you sure you saved the file after you edited it? Is the value spelled 
  correctly - On -, not ON or on?
  Perhaps you need to reboot afterwards in order for kdm to read it and accept 
  the new parameter.
  KDM has to read kdmrc when it starts, it's the config file so it should behave 
  as you asked.
  Just a final thought, open the K menu (down left icon), open system 
  configuration, click the keyboard/mouse icon and verify that numlock is on 
  (this should only affect the session, not the login, but who knows...).

  Best regards,

  PS - Just in case... I don't know how much you know of linux so don't take 
  this as an offense, but if there is a # sign at the beginning of the line 
  like this:
  # Numlock=XXX
  You must erase the # sign, otherwise the line will be considered a comment and 
  will be ignored.

  >Hi Antonio,
  >     Thanks for your insight. I tried what you suggested but it didn't work 
  >for me. Shouldn't "Keep" be set to Keep is On prior to "Keep" - do not 
  >change, rather than setting NumLock to On and then leaving NumLock=Keep?

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