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Old 06-16-2009, 09:12 PM   #1
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Keyboard non-responsive in X after upgrade to most recent -current

I've been running -current for some time, and after hearing about the awesome package updates released last week, I fired up my trusty friend slackpkg and did a nice, easy upgrade-all. I removed the obsolete packages listed in the changelog, and rebooted for good measure. I was surprised my xorg.conf hadn't been touched, but when I logged back in and fired up KDE, I found that my keyboard was completely unresponsive. Closing out of X (I couldn't get to other virtual consoles), my keyboard again worked. Only in X was it non-functioning.

I'm running an Inspiron 700m, using the i810 graphics chipset, and my xorg.conf reads as follows as far as keyboard:
Section "InputDevice"
 Identifier "Keyboard0"
 Driver  "kbd"
 Option  "XkbModel" "inspiration"
 Option  "XkbLayout" "us"
Fairly straightforward, all things considered. I verified that the default ServerLayout lists keyboard0 as the only keyboard InputDevice, as it always has, but sadly I am at a loss at this point.

Being without my laptop is irksome at best, as one can imagine. Can some helpful Slacker guru (or three) help me out?

Edit: looking through /var/log/Xorg.0.log for warnings, I see the following:
(WW) AllowEmptyInput is on, devices using drivers 'kbd', 'mouse' or 'vmmouse' will be disabled.
(WW) Disabling Mouse0
(WW) Disabling Keyboard0
Now, why my mouse works is beyond me, but that certainly lets me know why my keyboard fails. I'll be googling that flag though. Hopefully this points someone else in the right direction, should they have the same issue!

Edit2: Added the Option "AllowEmptyInputs" "off" in my xorg.conf and it looks like I'm ready to go!

Last edited by Poetics; 06-16-2009 at 09:19 PM.
Old 06-16-2009, 09:25 PM   #2
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Are there any errors in the /var/log/Xorg.0.log file?
What does grep kbd /var/log/Xorg.0.log return?

Oops, I see you've resolved the issue already.

Last edited by Uncle_Theodore; 06-16-2009 at 09:28 PM.
Old 06-16-2009, 09:29 PM   #3
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Posts by sahko on this thread helped me solve a similar issue. I was also missing xf86-input-evdev.


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