Lombard USB Hieroglyphics Persist

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Date: Monday, February 1st, 1999, 00:00
Category: Archive

Despite the wealth of fixes promised is Apple’s Mac OS ROM Update 1.0 [06/28/99, 2089 KB], it appears that a few bugs are still lurking in the USB implementation in Lombard. While I was initially optimistic that the ROM update would squash the anomalies that I found with USB keyboards – it hasn’t. The latest issue to surface is what I call the hieroglyphic bug.

MacAlly iKey!

The issue can be duplicated by doing the following:

  • Connect a MacAlly iKey via USB (either port)
  • Wake the PowerBook from sleep (or a cold reboot)
  • Type anything and watch the random characters appear on your screen!

The fix is to uplug the USB cable from the PowerBook and plug it back in.

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