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Old 02-20-2011, 02:40 PM   #1
billpyke
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fedora 14 on dell inspiron 2600 no keyboard or trackpad response


Thanks in advance for any support you may provide...

I am able to boot Fedora 14 to the GUI, log in on the keyboard, see the desktop, and then I get no response from the laptop's keyboard or trackpad.

I do not know how to obtain hardware specifics on my keyboard or touchpad, so perhaps that would be good info for me to start with...

Thanks again

BTW my ultimate goal is to run an Amahi server on the laptop. 2600 has a pentium III 1.13GHz processor and 512Mb RAM
 
Old 02-20-2011, 09:12 PM   #2
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You should be able to go to the Dell website, enter the service tag number (sticker on the bottom of the machine) and get all the specs for your box, unless that machine has aged out of the system (I don't know if the do age out, but it's a pretty old box).

You could also try booting to a live CD and checking what it tells you. Knoppix or Slax should be good for this. Also, if the Live CD works fine with the keyboard and touchpad, that would also verify that the problem is almost definitely in the Fedora load.
 
Old 02-20-2011, 10:20 PM   #3
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got hardware specs from dell; tried live CD; not fixed yet

Thank you, frankbell!

I followed your kind suggestions (Fedora 14 LIVE CD gave same results with keyboard and trackpad). Dell website offered this info (pls note I've increased the RAM to 512Mb):

1 3E454 Processor,PIII,TUL,1.13G,512K UPGA
1 6G515 Keyboard,US,85,CHNY,M2
1 0N876 Assembly,Cable,FLX,Liquid Crystal Display,15.1,MOS
1 3H692 Bezel,Feet,Plastic,Liquid Crystal Display,15.0,MOSAIC
1 3K534 Liquid Crystal Display, Extended Graphics Array, Standard Panels Working Group,W/BMINV,15.LG
1 5M184 Hinge,Cover,Plastic,Liquid Crystal Display,I2600
1 6M199 ASSY,BASE,NIC,FDD,CNXT,M2P3
1 1045D CORD,PWR,110V,6F,AC,3W\3P,US
1 9364U Adapter,AC,External,20V,70W,3WBA
2 00VCV Dual In-Line Memory Module,64,133M,8X64,4K,144
1 2N135 Battery,Primary,14.8V,8C, Lithium,PSNC,M2
1 2R122 Subassembly,Compact Disk Drive650M,Veterans Administration, Samsung,M2,V4
1 4J294 Assembly,Carrier,Hard Drive,M2
1 5K809 HardDrive,20GB,IDE,2.5Form Factor,9.5MM,HIT-DGW
1 8267R Connector,Header,2X22,F,2, Short,Gold,35K,Third Height,CS
1 5E756 Kit,Software,OFCXPP,F5,OEM English
1 8P472 Kit,Software,Office XP-SP1, English
1 8K233 KIT,SW,OVPK,WXPH,CDWD,ENG,A01
1 3K020 Kit,Card,Network,3COM,REV2.6.5WindowsXP

I have been looking around and someone suggested this (which also did not work for me):
"Adding "i8042.nopnp=1 i8042.dumbkbd=1" to the boot options"

If you have any other ideas I would be most grateful. Thanks again,

Bill
 
Old 02-20-2011, 10:39 PM   #4
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I would test with a Live CD of another distro or two and with an external mouse.

If the problem persists, I'd take the computer to repair shop to have the keyboard replaced. A P3 must be 10 years or so old, and a hardware problem is likely at that age.

Actually, it's probably not worth repairing. A repair, unless you do it yourself, will probably be more than a new (or a "new used") computer.
 
  


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