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Old 12-27-2008, 02:07 PM   #1
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installing wireless keyboard and mouse on edubuntu laptop

I am trying to install an Ativa wireless keyboard and mouse (USB) to my IBM laptop running edubuntu. The flashing lights on the keyboard and mouse indicate they are working, but I don't know how to install these on linux. There is no supporting software with the device, and their support website doesn't list any download drivers for linux. Any ideas? If this is not possible with this particular keyboard and mouse, are there other wireless keyboard/mouse that work with linux? I am totally new to linux. Thanks for any help.
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Hey I'm not really that smart with Linux either, but I've got two systems running on Ubuntu with wireless keyboards/mice and both of them run natively on the build; no software required. From the post, I'm guessing yours do not?
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Which brand/model of keyboard do you have? Did you just plug in the usb receiver and it worked? Or were there additional steps?
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Please check if you have the usbhid & hid kernel modules loaded. If you don't, it could be that the kernel simply doesn't see them. Is this a wireless device with a usb dongle, or a bluetooth device.

I'm not sure how secure wireless keyboards are. One brand simply uses a 1 byte encryption key making it easy to sniff out passwords.

If they use a usb dongle, then any encyption occurs between the dongle and the device. Dongle presents itself as a normal usb mouse/keyboard.
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Thanks for the help. I updated everything, then returned and purchased a logitech keyboard and mouse, plugged it in, and it works fine. I'm not too concerned about the security issues. It has extremely limitted range, perhaps about 6 ft, so unlikely to be sniffed, I think. Also, I don't type passwords from it.


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