Re: Is my computer posessed?

Doug (
Sun, 3 Jan 1999 15:31:54 -0800 (PST)

your computer has a ghost in it, please take an axe and kill your computer
before it spreads !!!!!

On Sun, 3 Jan 1999, Skip Morrow wrote:

> This may be off topic, but I am running Afterstep 1.6 and you guys seem like
> a pretty smart bunch so I thought I'd give you a try.
> I (finally) got my linux going again (I got a new computer for Christmas and
> was fretting over drivers and X servers and the like).  I grabbed XFree86
> ver 3.3.3 and got it working (STB nVidia TNT 16 meg video card).  But
> there's one strange problem.  When I run X and open a terminal window, about
> once a minute a single ` character (the un-shifted tilde ~) appears in the
> terminal.  Right where I would be typing in commands.  It even sometimes
> puts them in right while I am typing.  I don't even have to be at the
> computer doing anything.  If I leave for a few minutes and come back, there
> will be a row of a dozen of them.  This behavior does not happen if I don't
> run x and just stay in plain linux.  It turns out that the ` characters
> appear in the terminal every 70 seconds like clockwork, but only if the
> terminal window has the focus.  If it doesn't have the focus, the characters
> are not stored in a buffer, so that when xterm does get the focus again,
> there is not a quick stream of a bunch of them.  I have double-checked my
> keyboard entries in /etc/XF86Config and I have tried both the Microsoft
> setting and the pc102 settings.  neither helped (I have one of those funky
> split keyboards.  I don't know if it is a "true Microsoft natural" keyboard,
> but it is brand new.  I got it with my new dell computer).  Finally, this
> only happens in terminal windows.  It does not happen in text editors or
> anything else.  It will however happen in any application that runs "full
> screen" in the terminal (like pico).
> Is my computer possessed?
> Skip
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