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    How to load keyboard layouts after install

    I'm even a bit confused with the terminology right now -- input source, keyboard layout, language support -- so please forgive me if I've missed something due to a badly worded search.

    I'm running 12.04LTS.

    It was installed with just the US layout.

    I'd like to switch to Dvorak.

    I cannot find any layouts at all, and cannot figure out where to get them. My screen appears as such:



    There is just nothing listed, and I'm not sure how to proceed from here.

    Thank you for your time

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    Re: How to load keyboard layouts after install

    Your in the correct area to change it..just click on the + sign in the left hand column and you will get choose a layout, scroll down to English(Dvorak) and select it.

    Sorry, I didn't read your post more carefully..when I go to my settings it is English(US) instead of your us. Did you fully install all the language settings? I think on your initial install you were given the choice of keyboard and English(US).
    Last edited by gifford; January 25th, 2013 at 12:20 AM.

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    Re: How to load keyboard layouts after install

    Hi

    As the previous poster said, is dvorak installed on your machine. You can make a quick test by opening a terminal and typing

    Code:
    setxkbmap dvorak
    Does it throw an error or does it change the keyboard mapping ?

    This will not persist after a reboot if it does change it.

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    Re: How to load keyboard layouts after install

    In my file /etc/default/keyboard lists:
    XKBMODEL="pc105"
    XKBLAYOUT="us"
    XKBVARIANT=""
    XKBOPTIONS=""

    What does yours list?
    Last edited by matt_symes; January 25th, 2013 at 12:43 AM. Reason: Added back slash in front of etc/... for correct path

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    Re: How to load keyboard layouts after install

    Quote Originally Posted by gifford View Post
    Your in the correct area to change it..just click on the + sign in the left hand column and you will get choose a layout, scroll down to English(Dvorak) and select it.

    Sorry, I didn't read your post more carefully..when I go to my settings it is English(US) instead of your us. Did you fully install all the language settings? I think on your initial install you were given the choice of keyboard and English(US).
    No, I don't believe they were installed. Someone else set it up.

    How would I go about installing them?

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    Re: How to load keyboard layouts after install

    Quote Originally Posted by gifford View Post
    In my file /etc/default/keyboard lists:
    XKBMODEL="pc105"
    XKBLAYOUT="us"
    XKBVARIANT=""
    XKBOPTIONS=""

    What does yours list?
    Only that.

    setxkbmap returns:
    Code:
    XKB extension not present on :10.0

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    Re: How to load keyboard layouts after install

    Hi

    Quote Originally Posted by bcm37 View Post
    Only that.

    setxkbmap returns:
    Code:
    XKB extension not present on :10.0
    That's a surprise.I take it that
    Code:
    setxkbmap -print
    gives the same error then.

    Open a terminal and type

    Code:
    grep -i xkb /var/log/Xorg.0.log
    The above command is case sensitive. Please post the output back here.

    Is this any kind of special install such as a wubi install or a VM install ?

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    Re: How to load keyboard layouts after install

    Quote Originally Posted by matt_symes View Post
    Hi



    That's a surprise.I take it that
    Code:
    setxkbmap -print
    gives the same error then.
    Yes.
    Code:
    XKB extension not present on :10.0
    Open a terminal and type

    Code:
    grep -i xkb /var/log/Xorg.0.log
    The above command is case sensitive. Please post the output back here.

    Is this any kind of special install such as a wubi install or a VM install ?

    Kind regards
    It's on a VM, and I was told it was "Minimal".

    I apologize, cut and paste don't work on over the odd configuration of Remote Desktop I'm using right now, screencaps are quicker.


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    Re: How to load keyboard layouts after install

    Hi

    It's on a VM, and I was told it was "Minimal".
    That would make sense. It sounds like you have a minimal install and that would explain why you are missing various functionality.

    I'll take a look in a moment.

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