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I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on a Dell LATITUDE E5540 laptop, and I've the following problem: randomly I get one key repetition which stops when I press another key. I think that this is my problem:

http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/laptop/f/3518/t/19581331

But there is not a solution by dell yet. Has anyone encountered and solved the same problem? With another proprietary OS there are no problems with keyboard.

Thank you in advance!

Federico

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According to the reply to that forum thread marked as “verified answer”, this issue was fixed in a BIOS update.

How to update BIOS

  • Download the .exe file downloaded from Dell's website and copy it into your /boot/EFI folder.

  • Restarting your computer and run enter BIOS by hitting F12.

  • Select 'Flash BIOS upgrade' and then select the .exe file that you downloaded from dell and wait for the update to be applied.

  • As you're a reputation 1 user: if this answers your question, don't forget to click the grey ☑ under the "0" at the left of this text to accept it, which means "yes, this answer is valid"! – David Foerster Apr 4 '15 at 23:30
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I can confirm that the BIOS update fixed the problem for me. In my case the A07 BIOS version was problematic, but the switch to A14 fixed the issue.

As I am using Linux, the procedure for BIOS update was a bit more complicated than for Windows users, however a Dell support page describes it very well.

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Change keyboard layout to "English UK" ... this worked for me

  • This may work but it isn't a very elegant solution. People get used to using one keyboard layout and having to learn the UK layout while also using the US layout on other computers would be troublesome. – Michael Lindman Mar 28 '15 at 0:45
  • Just butting in as I don't know if this will help, but English, US (alternative International) would be a good place to start if OP uses US QWERTY... ;-) – Fabby Mar 28 '15 at 9:43

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