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:


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!



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

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.


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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