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Right from the start, the keyboard is unresponsive.
I also just tried Ubuntu 9.04 64 bit, and the only keys that worked were the arrow keys and return. I didn't attempt an installation with Ubuntu.
The mouse worked with Ubuntu.
Keyboards listen less in linux. You get to type something at the start. A and then nothing while the kernel boots. You can ttype all you like, but nothing listens.
Let's presume the keyboard/mouse are ok. I don't doubt that. One possibility is that the uhci_hcd and ohci_hcd modules are both loading and somehow conflicting with each other. Can you try an external keyboard?
At the command line when it says "boot:" you could try typing
linux blacklist uhci_hcd
and see what happens. Then, presuming a failure, try that with ohci_hcd
This is a shot in the dark, but it just may be a way of narrowing your problem down. Tell us exactly what happens.
I have Vista and the keyboard works perfectly.
I'll try both of y'all's suggestions as soon as I get my laptop working normally (I held down the power switch while trying the Ubuntu live cd and now the laptop is sick)