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Old 02-21-2010, 03:07 AM   #1
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want to use a Labtec Wireless Keyboard on my Ubuntu 8.04 Dell laptop.


The specific model is Media Wireless Desktop.

Are there drivers? Or is there some other way to do this?
 
Old 02-21-2010, 09:12 PM   #2
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The specific model is Media Wireless Desktop.

Are there drivers? Or is there some other way to do this?
Well, since you haven't said what problem(s) you're having, how can we help you?? Plug in the USB dongle, and start using it...should work the same way 99% of the wireless keyboards do.
 
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Plug in the USB dongle, and start using it...should work the same way 99% of the wireless keyboards do.
Sorry to assume it would be understood that I wouldn't be asking if it worked.

I already did what you suggested. It didn't work. That's why I'm asking. :-)
 
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But, I just realized, I had been using a separate piece of hardware to go between the Labtec and the laptop: a Targus docking station. I hadn't used it in a while and didn't pay attention to the brand name.

Anyway, the wireless connector goes into the Targus docking station and that connects to the laptop via USB because the laptop doesn't have PS2 connectors.

So, one more possible place to go wrong. Additionally, the Labtec stuff comes with drivers on a CD (for Windows).

The keyboard has new batteries, but the connect light on the keyboard doesn't light up, though the lights on the Labtec connector do.

There are 4 lights on the connector: num lock, caps lock, scroll lock and activity. Only the activity light responds to pressing keys on the keyboard. The num lock is always on. The other 2 are always off.

Thanks for any help you might be able to provide.

Bill
 
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Sorry to assume it would be understood that I wouldn't be asking if it worked.
Hang around here awhile..you won't assume anything after reading some of the gems that float around.
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I already did what you suggested. It didn't work. That's why I'm asking. :-)
Is the keyboard bluetooth or 'regular' wireless?? And since you've got the docking station in between, what happens if you plug the dongle straight into your laptop?

And you mention PS2...is the dongle PS2??
 
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'regular' wireless and PS2 dongle. No PS2 recepticle on the laptop.
 
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'regular' wireless and PS2 dongle. No PS2 recepticle on the laptop.
Wow...never seen a PS2 wireless dongle before. Try one of these:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-117-_-Product

Only about $6. On another note, have you tried a 'regular' PS2 mouse/keyboard, to see if it works? And a USB versions? Just asking, to rule out a bad/flaky port on the docking station.
 
Old 02-24-2010, 12:39 PM   #8
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I used the dock for about 3 years with no problems with my previous laptop. When that laptop died, I got this one and the dock & it don't work and play well together. I figured it needs a driver, but I am new to Linux.

Thanks for the hardware tip. If all else fails, I'll get that, but I'd like to avoid spending money, if possible.
 
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And, to answer your question, No. Don't have access to another keyboard to experiment with.
 
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And, to answer your question, No. Don't have access to another keyboard to experiment with.
Well, if you had problems with the dock anyway, it may just not like your new laptop.

And I agree about not spending money...you can always go up to a store, and buy one to try it out (KB and mouse are cheap), and return them later....
 
Old 02-26-2010, 03:53 PM   #11
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Thanks for your help. It made me more conscious of how to present a problem (it's been a while).

If you think of anything else, you know I'd like to hear about it. I think I'll get the adapter and see if that helps.

Bill
 
  


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