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Old 12-19-2003, 11:12 PM   #1
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Question Wakeup with USB keyboard

Anyone know if there's a way to enable my USB keyboard to wake up my laptop display after it blanks? I have APM settings setup in my bios so that the screen blanks after about 15 or something of non-activity. The thing is, the computer's only responsive to either my touchpad (this is a Toshiba Satellite Laptop) or embedded keyboard. So if I'm typing with my USB keyboard at my desk or whatnot, the display will blank even if I'm in mid-keystroke. It's kindof annoying to have to reach over and hit my embedded keyboard when this happens. So I guess I asking: Why isn't imput from USB devices, specifically keyboards, recognized as activity that would keep my display from blanking? Is there a way to fix it?

On a side note, my touchpad has ceased to work after I reinstalled Mandrake 9.1 a coupla months ago. It used to function alongside my USB keyboard. Is there something in Harddrake I'm overlooking? Or do I need to manually edit some config files or what? Lemme know.

Thanks in advance,
Old 12-20-2003, 01:02 AM   #2
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First you should check your BIOS to ensure that all your 'wake on XXX' settings are correct. Then you'll want to confirm that you have the HID events built-in (or built as modules) for your kernel. If you're comfortable with building and configuring a kernel then you know what to do. If not punch in 'uname -a' and post the optput here so we can see what kernel you're running.

Also a 'dmesg | grep usb' output might also help matters here as well.


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