Stuck: can't type anything in console acces

May 26, 2014 8.6k views
I was setting up PHP over Nginx when all of the sudden my console access stoped working. It displays what it should but cat't type any character. Tried refresh, changed the computer but the problem persists.
6 Answers
Why are you using the console?
I'm new to DigitalOcean. What are you using?
You should use SSH, console is for emergency access.
The web console is really only provided as a fail safe. You can use it to access your droplet when you don't have any other way. For day to day work on your server, you'll be much better off connecting with SSH like Wouter mentioned. If you're on Windows, take a look at PuTTY:
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This tutorial will allow you to log Into a VPS with Putty (Windows Users).
  • I'm in the same situation and your answer doesn't help, at least in my case. I do have ssh keys uploaded, but during the morning I work in a place where ssh protocol is blocked for outside communications and firewall also blocks ssh over http/https (even using corkscrew), so good console access is mandatory.

    Anyway, even for the case you mentioned, emergency/fail safe use is not really "fail safe" if you can't type anything in console.

  • Hmmm. What is really happening to me is something weird: when I open the console during the first seconds I can type whatever I want, but after this time is elapsed no regular key is working, just a few special keys are working (PgUp, PgDown, cursor keys, function keys and that's it)

  • I think his comment isn't helpful as well. The real question remains, how do you fix the web console issue?

  • @kjszives What is the problem you are actually experiencing? If the console isn't working at all, then open a support ticket so the team can investigate the problem. If you are having issues with certain keys not working, you should reconfigure the keyboard layout setting on your server. A proper SSH session will handle the input from keystrokes for you, but sing the console is more like plugging a keyboard directly into the server.

    • asb,

      The reason why your comment is not helpful is because you still did not answer the question. I am searching the forums to resolve this issue because I locked myself out by blocking root access (stupidly). Now the only way to fix this is to access the online virtual console, and access to it is blocked.

      Now, if you have any solution to the actual issue at hand, which is that we cannot type anything into the console access, you will solve the problem for many users in the future like me.

  • Thank you for your suggestion. It's work for me :)

I have the solution! To those who are stuck click on the window and press one of these combinations.


one of the letters will end up "exiting" the program that is running. Allowing you to type again!

  • Thank you! That was exactly my problem. I feel dumb, but glad you were here to post a useful answer (unlike some people).

I have experienced this too. I was fiddling around with VIM, editing my hosts.allow file. I wanted to make sure I didn't lock myself out via SSH, so I used the console, but the console no-likey VIM. The cursor disappeared and I couldn't :q! out of VIM! Ultimately I had to kill the session via command line ssh to fix it :(. Basically - VIM doesn't work in the web console is what I'm saying.

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