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Old 11-27-2006, 05:51 PM   #1
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Combined keyboard/pointer not working.

I'm setting up a PC in the living room and want to use this compact combined keyboard/pointer from Ruwido: www ruwido com/en/platform_hip.htm (sorry - fill in the dots yourself - as a newbie I'm not allowed to add urls, it seems).

It's wireless with USB interface. I've mainly tried with Ubuntu (Dapper and Edgy) but also Knoppix. Ubuntu fails consistently, so does Knoppix 5, but Knoppix 3.8 (kernel 2.6.11) works just great!

The keyboard always works during POST - e.g. I can go into the BIOS and change values normally. Also in the Grub menu everything is fine. However, as soon as Ubuntu boots neigher the keyboard, nor the mouse works at all. If I boot the same pc on a Knoppix 3.8 CD the keyboard/mouse is fine. If I take the keyboard/mouse to my other pc running both Windows 2000 and 64 bit Debian Etch it works correctly in both OS'es.

Hardware: MSI K8NGM2 motherboard (nVidia 6150/430 chip set), most recent BIOS (ver. 3.20), SATA hard disk, IDE DVD-RW.

Useful (?) outputs:

kme@mmc:~$ lsusb
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 119b:0400 ruwido austria GmbH Infrared Keyboard V2.01
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 0000:0000

kme@mmc:~$ grep ruwido /var/log/dmesg
[4294674.449000] input: ruwido austria GmbH ruwido austria GmbH USB Infrared Keyboard V2.01 as /class/input/input0
[4294674.449000] input: USB HID v1.10 Keyboard [ruwido austria GmbH ruwido austria GmbH USB Infrared Keyboard V2.01] on usb-0000:00:0b.0-2
[4294674.464000] input: ruwido austria GmbH ruwido austria GmbH USB Infrared Keyboard V2.01 as /class/input/input1
[4294674.464000] input: USB HID v1.10 Mouse [ruwido austria GmbH ruwido austria GmbH USB Infrared Keyboard V2.01] on usb-0000:00:0b.0-2

The problem is the same if I run X or not. A FreeDOS CD works perfectly too.

This is driving me crazy...
Old 11-27-2006, 06:58 PM   #2
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So, what's the problem? If the combo keyboard/mouse works with Etch on another computer, install Etch on the box in the living room. Problem solved.

Since the combo board is working until the kernel gets booted, you know it isn't a hardware issue; it has to be software (most likely kernel config).

Otherwise, boot Etch. Put the Knoppix 3.8 cd in the drive, see if you can find the kernel config file and copy it to Etch. Then do the same with Knoppix 5.

Run diff on the two configs to find the differences in keyboard, mouse, hardware modules.

Borrow the keyboard and mouse from the other computer to hook up in the living room. Install knoppix 5. Configure the kernel in build in the necessary modules needed by the combo board. Reboot to see that the new kernel works. Then hook up the combo board and reboot again to see if it works.

Last edited by bigrigdriver; 11-27-2006 at 07:00 PM.


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