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Re: [SLE] Dell Inspiron Keyboard
  • From: scsijon <scsijon@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 23 Apr 2006 19:30:39 +1000
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At 12:26 PM 16/04/2006, James David Jacobs wrote:
I have a Dell Inspiron 2100 Laptop. A number of keys do not work, either in a terminal or in KDE. For example, neither Alt key nor the right arrow work. None of these keys generate scan codes in Showkey.

Any idea how to get these keys to work?

1- check if the showkey version can handle two codes as return, some keys do, also scankey can show nonstandard codes, also some of these extra (such as alt) keys only work when using in combination with other keys, not by themselves, also some are hardwired and coded off the keyboard chip in notebooks.

2- check dell website for model and scancodes for the keyboard.

3- check that the keyboard link cables are properly inserted - through the dell technical website has a basic howto for most models to perform basic updating of ram etc and opening of unit (I take it it's not still under warrenty), keyboard covers and lockin screws removal is not usually hard so have a look, just don't use force to do anything and have a good magnifying glass.

4- check the keyboard iochip (*look at your block diag) is linux compatable.

that should get you busy


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