I have a strange problem in Ubuntu 18.04 (I use a DELL Latitude E5550): sometimes when I type, some keys get "stuck", meaning that when I type "i", the result is an endless line of i-s ("iiiiiiiiiiiiii"). If backspace gets stuck, entire texts I wrote are deleted. I can stop this by pressing some other button.

I had the same problem in Ubuntu 16.04 while using the same laptop. I "solved" this issue by setting the keyboard to write only one character when I press down a button. However, this possibility seems to be missing from Ubuntu 18.04.

A few days ago I ran a hardware diagnostic, which found no problems on the hardware side.

  • Looks like you need to replace the keyboard. Apr 29, 2018 at 17:08
  • If keyboard doesn't exhibit same behavior in Windows then bug may be related to this one: askubuntu.com/questions/995819/… Apr 29, 2018 at 17:26
  • Hi Sipos, can you add the output of uname -a to your question?
    – Hee Jin
    Apr 29, 2018 at 17:38
  • I am afraid I do not understand what 'add the output of uname -a' means, sorry :( May 1, 2018 at 7:10

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In Ubuntu 18.04 issue this command:

$ gsettings get org.gnome.desktop.peripherals.keyboard repeat

If the result is true then turn off keyboard repeat using this command:

$ gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.peripherals.keyboard repeat false

The other related commands you can use are:

$ gsettings get org.gnome.desktop.peripherals.keyboard delay
uint32 500
$ gsettings get org.gnome.desktop.peripherals.keyboard repeat-interval
uint32 30
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    This really made my day! It worked on ubuntu 18.04 I run the first 2 commands and boom it worked Aug 15, 2021 at 11:08
  • This just blocks repetition of characters. It doesnt allow me to reenter same character even if I purposely want to do it without repressing the key. Dec 16, 2021 at 5:48
  • @OmkarKulkarni The design of this answer is to turn off keyboard repeat. You will need to search deeper for the solution to your problem or, post a new question with your particulars. Dec 16, 2021 at 12:29

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