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Old 12-24-2006, 06:39 AM   #1
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is there an ubuntu kernel supporting hp mouses and keyboards?

Yea! I'm having trouble making my mouse and keyboard to work with an ubuntu live CD. Dont say me I must change both. They are prety nice (silver and such. you know)

I have an HP Media Center with hp... ALL and it seems hp doesnt like linux at all

I tried all my previous linux: knoppix, slackware, susex etc.. and they dont even start. With ubuntu it seems to run ok but only mouse and keyboard dont work at all.

I need a kernel because I cant simply configure mouse and keyboard as I can neither move the mouse nor type anything.

Old 12-24-2006, 07:08 AM   #2
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In that case you might need to at least borrow a keyboard from a friend, since installing the system is quite impossible if you have no working input devices not to mention configuring one..mouse is not relevant in the beginning, keyboard probably is. After borrowing a keyboard you can configure the system completely. But before rushing on with a borrowed keyboard (or bought one; the cheapest are really cheap) make sure you know which driver does work with your keyboard and/or mouse; if such driver exists, it probably can be compiled in the kernel, but in that case you'll need to recompile the kernel yourself (and cannot use binary kernels from apt or so).

What's so special about your keyboard and mouse that they don't work with standard drivers? Wireless and optical stuff works usually, at least somehow even before configuring anything, so are your cadgets something that works with nuclear power, uses lasers and turns invicible when looked at, or what? If you boot your Ubuntu with the kernel option (press F6 in the boot screen to edit options) nosplash instead of splash, what error messages can you see (that might have something to do with the input devices)?

This sounds interesting. I know mouses that don't work well, and keyboards that don't work all right, but never bumped into a set before that doesn't work at all.
Old 12-24-2006, 01:53 PM   #3
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Thanks for your advice

I dont know why but it seems hp stuff is prety tough to work with linux. At least this is what I could gather from many internet sites. I bought my hp media center just recently and, obviously, hp support says they only can run in windows and in an special one xp media center or something (I dont care as I dont trust windows. Sorry)

I tried still another distro named Lliurex from the Valencian university (its a Devian live linux) but it doesnt work neither. (You can get it at if interested)

The fact is that both keyboard and mouse are hp. Ubuntu starts ok and runs well till it shows the kde desktop. Only mouse cursor doesent move and keyboard doesnt react not even with Ctrl+Alt+Supr. But when I press the shut-down switch it shows a dialog with shutting-down options

I'll try with another keyboard and we will see.



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