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    Intel mac keyboard won't work in 8.04

    I have a new aluminum imac 2.4 ghz intel core duo 2 20"monitor. I dual boot with Ubuntu and OS X. With Ubuntu 7.10 installed the keyboard worked normally. When I upgraded to 8.04 the keyboard will only work with keys around the uiop keys acting as a keypad.
    I can use the F5 and F6 keys to get to a console (tty5 or tty6), but then can't get back to the desktop or go to any other consoles. The keyboard works normally in the consoles.
    I can log into the desktop using the keyboard, but then the keyboard stops working. The keyboard is the 105 key US alternative - international which is installed by default.
    Since I upgraded from 7.10 I can use grub to boot into the older kernel. When in the old kernel the keyboard works normally. If I attach a standard PC keyboard, then 8.04 works normally. The old kernel from 7.10 is 2.6.22-14-generic. The new one from 8.04 is 2.6.24-16-generic.exhibits
    The keyboard exhibits the same behavior if I boot to the Live CD for Ubuntu 8.04.

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    Re: Intel mac keyboard won't work in 8.04

    I found this bug report, but have not had a chance to see if it is relevant or has a solution.

    https://bugs.launchpad.net/mactel-support/+bug/201887

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    Re: Intel mac keyboard won't work in 8.04

    Quote Originally Posted by dusie View Post
    I found this bug report, but have not had a chance to see if it is relevant or has a solution.

    https://bugs.launchpad.net/mactel-support/+bug/201887
    it is relevant... there is more information here:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=771151

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    Re: Intel mac keyboard won't work in 8.04

    I had the same problem...the solution is really stupid!!!
    Connect a usb keyboard to the macbook and push the "Block Num" button...then try the mac keyboard and voilà..!

    IT WORKS NOW!

    For me this procedure was working perfect!

    Davide

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    Re: Intel mac keyboard won't work in 8.04

    Same problem here.

    I fixed mine by hitting F6
    HP DV6215: 15.4" glossy widescreen, 2.0 ghz Turion 64, 2gb DDR2, 120 gig hdd, Nvidia Go6150 gfx

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    Re: Intel mac keyboard won't work in 8.04

    The trick is to hit f6 TWICE to get your letter keys back. Furthermore don't hit the key beneath f16 - this is what turns uiop into numpad. It is a silly kernel bug introduced recently in an attempt to clear up other problems. Hopefully they'll fix it in a future kernel, in the meantime if you search these forums you can find ways to get most of the keyboard features working as you desire them.

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