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Wireless USB keyboards and delayed keystrokes

April 29, 2012

Everytime I was using my wireless USB keyboard with my laptop while the power cable was not connected, the keyboard behaviour was lousy, and keystrokes tend to be delayed by several seconds. The kernel logs said something like

[23302.802096] uhci_hcd 0000:00:1a.0: setting latency timer to 64
[23302.842177] uhci_hcd 0000:00:1a.1: PCI INT B -> GSI 21 (level, low) -> IRQ 21
[23302.842190] uhci_hcd 0000:00:1a.1: setting latency timer to 64
[23302.882145] uhci_hcd 0000:00:1a.2: PCI INT C -> GSI 19 (level, low) -> IRQ 19
[23302.882158] uhci_hcd 0000:00:1a.2: setting latency timer to 64
[23302.929065] uhci_hcd 0000:00:1d.1: PCI INT B -> GSI 19 (level, low) -> IRQ 19
[23302.929079] uhci_hcd 0000:00:1d.1: setting latency timer to 64

Searching on Google, I found this forum post suggested to disable USB auto-suspend in the laptop-mode configuration files. The relevant file on my Ubuntu 12.04 is /etc/laptop-mode/conf.d/usb-autosuspend.conf, which is fairly well documented, and has an option AUTOSUSPEND_USBID_BLACKLIST which allowed me to blacklist my USB keyboard, so the device was no longer put in auto-suspend mode. (The USB ID needed for AUTOSUSPEND_USBID_BLACKLIST can be found in the output of lsusb)

After editing that file, I had to restart the laptop-mode daemon (sudo /etc/init.d/laptop-mode restart), and keystrokes from my wireless keyboard arrived again without any delay.

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