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Old 08-11-2003, 12:15 AM   #1
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RH9 no longer recognizes laptop keyboard or touchpad

Super Newbie, tried to search for a similar problem but I couldnt find one
Just installed RH 9 on dual-boot laptop (thanks to all the folks here and on other boards)
Been running OK for a month or so (learning my way around)
Laptop originally had config for keyboard and touchpad (onboard)
Added a USB keyboard and mouse later
THis morning I took it on the road, booted up RH9, KUDZU did not open up (which always happens because it asks if I want to keep config for keyboard)
red hat finished loading up...
nothing - asked for username and password - couldnt move touchpad or enter password thru laptop keyboard, had to reboot machine - did it a few times
now when I boot up without keyboard & mouse I get kudzu, select to keep config for keyboard and mouse, boots up and nothing
I am writing this with the external keyboard and mouse

Any help? Why did my old configuration disappear, and why doesnt RH9 detect new hardware?

thanks in advance

(PS - can anyone point me in the right direction to turn true type fonts on for all apps - mozilla1.4, abiword, etc?)
Old 08-13-2003, 09:55 PM   #2
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Location: New York, NY
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for mozilla, download a binary compiled with XFT. they should be freely available. I'm not sure about abiword, never used that.

as for your keyboard, try booting 'linux single' at the boot prompt and either try to run kudzu from there (I don't know if this will work) or edit your /etc/X11/XF86Config file using pico or vi (or joe if you have it). you should be able to find a standard XF86Config file for your setup with google (a lot of people post their files).


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