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09-09-2010 04:16 PM
There is a bug in the keyboard on this model - either in the electrical layout or the firmware that generates the make/break codes.
If any of the pair of keys A,Z; S,X; D,C; F,V are held down along with the spacebar, a phantom keycode is ALSO generated for the ENTER key (in addition to the codes for the physical keys that are actually pressed).
This is unbelievably annoying if one is typing at the unix shell prompt and typing "cd xyz" to change to a directory. What actually gets entered is cd\n xyz or the letters c, d, then a newline / enter and then a space.
I've been shipped a replacement keyboard which has the same issue (so it appears endemic in the hardware).
This behavior manifests itself in the BIOS as well- hitting (for instance) ZA<space> will happily fill out a check box that would normally require an <enter>.
Running xev or showkey in a linux OS also shows the extraneous keycodes being sent.
HP doesn't seem to comprehend the problem or have any solutions.
01-16-2011 06:26 AM - edited 01-16-2011 06:28 AM
I have this issue as well and researching on the internet gave me this helpful blog detailing the progress of the repair and I'm glad to know that HP has fixed the issue for the blogger and all we have to do now (I hope) is to wait for HP to release the fix.
The blog could be found at the following address:
Good luck to all of us with the Mini 5103!
02-16-2011 11:53 AM
well HP have been aware of this issue for over a year now... so I'm not confident they'll ever release the fix for it.
The last posts from http://virkkunen.net/broken-keyboard/ were in January 2010.
02-16-2011 12:00 PM
Actually, the day/dates of the last Jan posts are 2010 days, but the *earlier* aug/nov posts are also 2010 if you believe the days that are posted with the dates..
So latest Jan posts must be 2011 even though the days dont match the dates, as the 5103 model is mentioned, which wasnt released until Sept(ish) 2010.