[maemo-users] OS 2008 Bluetooth keyboard problems (was: Move from 2007 to 2008 Questions)

From: Jonathan Markevich jmarkevich at gmail.com
Date: Thu Apr 17 14:50:14 EEST 2008
> I would definitely encourage you *not* to upgrade.  In addition to the
> touch-screen problems already mentioned, my OS2008 'upgrade' has had
> the following disastrous effect on my Igo Stowaway Bluetooth keyboard:
>  1. Based on random criteria I haven't been able to figure out, the
>     Bluetooth keyboard sometimes activates the word-completion
>     feature used with the stylus keyboard.  This is so slow (I type
>     75 words per minute on a kinesis so probably half that on the
>     stowaway) that the keyboard becomes useless because the N800
>     can't keep up.

Try turning off text prediction and word completion.  It speeds it up
remarkably.  It does seem kinda random when it's turned on though.

  2. THE KILLER: Once I have connected a bluetooth keyboard, the
>     on-screen stylus keyboard and thumb keyboard no longer work.
>     Even when the BT keyboard is put away and turned off, attempts to
>     use the stylus keyboard produce only a black bar at the bottom of
>     the screen with the letters Abc at the far right.  The only cure
    is to reboot the machine.

The bar with Abc is the text prediction.  It will go away if you do the
above.  Staggering waste of space, isn't it?

>     I can't tell you how angry I am about this.  For me one of the
>     great benefits of the N800 is that it's always on, always
>     connected.  I mostly use the stylus but can easily connect a
>     keyboard if I have to write a long email.  Now that's all gone;
>     every time I think about the external keyboard I have to think
>     about whether I'm going to give up all my external state and
>     reboot.
> If these problems aren't fixed in the next release of OS2008 I'm just
> going to punt and go back to OS2007, which at least worked.

Don't just stew, vote for the bug here:
https://bugs.maemo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=2850 Let Nokia know this is happening
to more people and you're not pleased.  I can't believe we have only 5 votes
for this killer bug.

There is a possible workaround too - turn on your bluetooth icon in the
taskbar.  Leave it on... It may not be a 100% cure but it seems to help a
lot for most people.
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