Emergency problem

Cam Cope maccam94 at gmail.com
Sun Aug 10 00:30:58 BST 2008

Also keep in mind that you can always rescue your system with a livecd, no
reinstall required.

On Sat, Aug 9, 2008 at 7:28 PM, Mark J. Dulcey <mark at buttery.org> wrote:

> George E Noon wrote:
> > I am really stumped!
> > I really never thought I would have this sort of problem with my Ubuntu
> > Linux Computer.
> > I now have no way to input numerical characters at all, except in the
> > Thunderbird Compose window, for some odd reason.
> > I am about in a panic, which doesn't help, I know. I can not shut down &
> > restart, because my username is composed partly of numerical characters;
> > no, I have not tried restarting yet --- but I did try running Update
> Manager,
> > which, of course would require entering the superuser password; no matter
> what
> > I tried --- caps lock  on, caps lock off, caps lock on + shift, caps lock
>  off +
> > shift --- no numericals!!!
> > This means if the computer goes down, for any reason, I can not get to
> the
> > desktop without a complete new install.
> > Please - does anyone have an idea for a fix.
> > I have also tried two keyboards --- no change.
> > George E Noon
> First, stuff like that is likely to clear up after a restart, so you
> probably won't really be up the creek. But some things to try first...
> If you have a spare USB keyboard lying around, try plugging it in. USB
> keyboards are automatically hot-plugged, and perhaps the replacement
> keyboard will work correctly. You can have more than one USB keyboard
> live at the same time, or live at the same time as a non-USB keyboard,
> so you don't even need to unplug the one you are using now.
> If you are running the ssh daemon on the computer (that is, you have the
> openssh-server package installed), you could use another computer to log
> in remotely. With X windows forwarding (ssh -X), you could even run
> update-manager, synaptic, or other GUI apps on the remote system.
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