Meta Key

Jonas Norlander jonorland at
Sun Jan 18 21:57:54 UTC 2009

2009/1/18 Bruce Marshall <bmarsh at>:
> On Sunday 18 January 2009, Tycho Andersen wrote:
>> On Sun, Jan 18, 2009 at 2:51 PM, Jonas Norlander <jonorland at>
> wrote:
>> > As default meta is the Win key on a normal PC keyboard so there must
>> > be some settings you changed or you have a strange keyboard. Have you
>> > checked your xorg.conf?
>> Here's the relevant lines (this was all auto-generated by nvidia-xconfig):
>> Section "InputDevice"
>>     # generated from default
>>     Identifier     "Keyboard0"
>>     Driver         "kbd"
>> EndSection
>> Maybe I'm not using the right keyboard driver? I thought I selected
>> 104 keys during the install.
>> Tycho
> You might want to go to a console window (not X) and issue:
> dpkg-reconfigure  xserver-xorg
> This will run you through a series of questions on how you want the X-server
> configured and included in those questions are a bunch about extra key
> settings.
> It will ask you about some settings files that are contained <it will tell you
> where>  so you might want to move to another console session   alt-F<key>  to
> look in the directories mentioned.

His ALT key don't work it is mapped as Meta for some reason but my
guess it is only in X so rebooting in safe mode and running that will

/ Jonas

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