want to use a Labtec Wireless Keyboard on my Ubuntu 8.04 Dell laptop.
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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.
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.