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Troubleshooting: Right Alt Key in Ubuntu 8.10

After recently taking a trip down memory lane with the old DOS-based Id game, Hexen, under Wine. I discovered a very random issue with my installation of Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex): my right alt key didn't really do anything.

I guess I had never used it previously, but in Hexen, alt just happens to be the "strafe" key. This made it extremely difficult to stay alive, which motivated me to find a fix.

It turns out that it's actually a problem with the keyboard layout that was detected automatically. Easily remedied by doing the following:

Pretty obscure, and I'm not sure what other side effects it may have, but it did the trick for my particular keyboard/layout combination; I'm using a Kensington K64362 Standard Keyboard with the USA layout.

Hope this helps somebody out there!

Tags: linux

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