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Re: Mandrake 8.0 and Mathematica 4.01

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  • Subject: [mg28610] Re: Mandrake 8.0 and Mathematica 4.01
  • From: Ronald Bruck <bruck at>
  • Date: Wed, 2 May 2001 03:37:02 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Univ of Southern California
  • References: <9cj2th$> <9cldf8$>
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In article <9cldf8$18a at>,
 Jean Sebastien Theriault?= <jst at> wrote:

:Ronald Bruck wrote:
:> I just installed the new version of Mandrake, 8.0, and Mathematica 
:> 4.01's GUI has quit working.
:> More precisely, the key bindings are screwed up.  When I hit the 
:> "Delete" key there's a forward space!  As well, you can't drag over text.
:> This makes the user interface almost unusable.  Does anybody have any 
:> idea why the program would suddenly quit working?  Other programs 
:> continue to work.  Could this be the Motif interface?
:Try hitting your NumLock key. When NumLock is on, I have the same GUI 
:behaviour as you describe. I'm running Mandrake 7.1.

You've hit the nail squarely on the head.  That fixed the problem.  I 
must have opted for "numlock on" during the install (I don't remember 
being asked; perhaps the installer no longer gives you the option, or I 
wasn't paying attention).

On most keyboards there's an LED which lights up when numlock is set (or 
capslock too, for that matter).  Not mine.  I have a fancy new Intel 
wireless keyboard, which has a dark smoky yellow (LCD?) circle, about 
half the size of a US nickel, which clearly displays "NUM LOCK" -- if I 
get my nose within three inches and peer down into it.  The same for 

The keyboard is literally neat.  I'm constantly changing between a Mac 
and a PC, and I've never succeeded in sharing USB keyboards and mice; 
the problem used to be with Windows; now that Win2K has got its act 
together with USB, the Macintosh has "gang aft agley" in OS 9.1; USB 
freezes up if it doesn't see the keyboard or mouse for a few minutes.  
So I have to use two keyboards/mice.  They were constantly getting 
tangled up; now they don't.  Hence:  wireless is neat :-)

Many thanks!

--Ron Bruck

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