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Old 06-06-2019, 02:46 PM   #1
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USB Keyboard


Hi , I have loaded ubuntu16.04 onto an old laptop but it's keyboard refuses to answer some of the keys , how do I get a USB keyboard to work or is there a virtual keyboard that can be used? I am a complete newbie to ubuntu.
 
Old 06-06-2019, 04:51 PM   #2
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Hello and welcome to LQ.

Kind of odd. Wonder if you have some issue with language or locale??

Ubuntu has a lot of information. https://help.ubuntu.com/stable/ubunt...board-osk.html
 
Old 06-06-2019, 05:37 PM   #3
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Assuming it has USB ports, plug it in? The HID stuff tends to just work. Human Interface Device. Assuming that USB works. And other udev things. Plus locales. Although it shouldn't be an issue with anything recent baring an exotic keyboard with 200+ keys and whatnot. Now a bluetooth keyboard would be a bit harder to get going, depending on your environment.

There's a package xvkbd for debian. One option for on screen keyboards. Probably not the only one. Otherwise a few searches for on screen keyboard, virtual keyboard, and others. Although some of those are midi based piano style ones for music/sound.
 
Old 06-06-2019, 07:04 PM   #4
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Did you specify the right kind of keyboard in terms of language, nationality & layout?

Ubuntu allows you to choose a keyboard and enter some test characters in during the install process.
Include the more variable characters such as |@~#"$.
 
Old 06-06-2019, 09:39 PM   #5
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The keyboard had to work while you installed Ubuntu, right?
 
Old 06-07-2019, 10:51 AM   #6
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I assume your computer has a failing keyboard: if that's the case, just plug in the external keyboard before you switch it on and it should work. If you aren't sure whether it's the hardware or the software, run the program xev in a terminal. That reports the raw output from the key (the keycode) and also what it's used for. If the key is broken, xev obviously won't report anything.
 
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itunes files

Hi , I have copied Itunes music files into the music folder but Linux will not play .aac files . I tried to download a music player but unsuccessfully.
any ideas?
thanks Peter Leyland (linux newby)
 
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By "download a music player" do you mean install a music player from the repositories?

You don't have to use the music folder for music - you could put your music files virtually anywhere (if you wanted to).

Unfortunately, Itunes files are usually encrypted by DRM - "Digital Rights Management", so although you paid for them, you don't own them.
 
Old 06-13-2019, 12:59 AM   #9
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By "download a music player" do you mean install a music player from the repositories?

You don't have to use the music folder for music - you could put your music files virtually anywhere (if you wanted to).

Unfortunately, Itunes files are usually encrypted by DRM - "Digital Rights Management", so although you paid for them, you don't own them.
So what does the OPdo to play them?
 
Old 06-13-2019, 01:21 AM   #10
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Hi , I have copied Itunes music files into the music folder but Linux will not play .aac files . I tried to download a music player but unsuccessfully.
any ideas?
thanks Peter Leyland (linux newby)
I fail to see how this has anything to do with this thread, which is about making a USB keyboard work on a laptop.

Please start a new thread about this problem. Thank you.

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