I just got a new Razer Blade Stealth and I immediately proceeded to installing ubuntu on my laptop and erasing windows. What happened was that during installation, whenever I uncheck the caps lock on my keyboard, the computer crashes (the screen becomes fragmented? into gibberish).

Now I've finished installing it.. it is still crashing whenever I uncheck the caps lock.

  • Does your caps-lock have a light? If so, is it blinking when this happens? – TheOdd Oct 5 '16 at 14:32
  • It does have a light but it doesn't blink... – Tingkai Liu Oct 5 '16 at 14:41
  • Oh, ok. I was checking because of this issue: 8.10 randomly freezing caps lock blinking flashing – TheOdd Oct 5 '16 at 14:45
  • Thanks Owen, I saw that one too but it doesn't seem like my problem – Tingkai Liu Oct 5 '16 at 15:19
  • I reduced resolution to 1920*1080 and now it looks fine. – Tingkai Liu Oct 5 '16 at 19:04

I have the "new" 2016 razer blade stealth; upgraded to Ubuntu 16.10. I had the same problems with the caps lock key crashing.

Workaround: Disable Caps Lock

Obviously this completely disables the caps lock key, but it also prevents it from crashing the system.


Go to Tweak tool -> typing -> caps lock key behavior, change to "Caps Lock is disabled".


Go to System Settings -> Hardware -> Input Devices -> Keyboard -> Advanced, in the section Caps Lock key behavior enable Caps Lock is disabled.

  • Sorry I just saw this. I think the problem with it is that the Intel HD 720(or 620 I forgot) is not fully supported. The driver keeps crashing the computer for no reason ( not just with Caps Lock, I actually had problem with normal shut down of the system). I did use xmod to completely disable Caps Lock like what you suggest but I ended up just not using Ubuntu coz of the shut down problem. – Tingkai Liu Oct 20 '16 at 19:56
  • I was having constant problems with 16.04, I upgraded to 16.10 a couple days ago and it is MUCH more stable, I'm going on 2 days w/o a crash. – greensilex Oct 20 '16 at 20:28
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    I think that this answer should be upvoted but not accepted, because this answer does not solve the problem, it only provides a workaround. Which is great as long as there's no solution, but still. – Christian Hujer Dec 31 '16 at 7:50
  • The tweak tool didn't have the typing option for me, but I found if I used dconf-editor to set caps:none in the xkb options, it worked. I have the 2016 razer balde stealth. – Anthony Scopatz Jan 4 '17 at 23:45
  • This is not a viable solution. – Nick Desaulniers Jan 19 '17 at 5:28

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