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    Keyboard not Working

    Just done a clean install of 14.04 and have a usb connected (microsoft) standard keyboard. The keys on the right hand side of the keyboard are not working - I think these are sometimes called the number pads keys. They were working in 12.04/10 - is there something I can do to make them active?

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    Re: Keyboard not Working

    Maybe try to press NumLock button on your keyboard.

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    Re: Keyboard not Working

    Doh(!) - thank you very much.

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    Re: Keyboard not Working

    Most UNIX variants (which Linux is modeled after) traditionally don't turn on NumLock by default for some reason. You may have to turn it on manually every time you boot unless you go into the settings and find the option to turn it on by default (where exactly that is will depend upon which distro you're using).

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    Re: Keyboard not Working

    There's a program in the repositories called numlockx that can control this; it's not installed by default though. You can add it to your system, then include it in your autostart list, and end the problem. Note, though, that it does NOT always set the LEDs properly, so you can't trust them to tell you which state the keypad is in, once you're using numlockx...
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    Re: Keyboard not Working

    i've used numlockx a lot and it works great; does what it suppose to do.

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    Re: Keyboard not Working

    I've found this guide explaining enabling numeric keypad on start-up and also look at this one. Maybe it'll help
    Last edited by Ksiencha; August 21st, 2014 at 05:51 PM.

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    Re: Keyboard not Working

    Excellent guides, both of them. I suspect the reason it's not enabled by default is because quite a few notebooks and tablets don't have separate keypad keys; I have no idea how numlockx would affect those and don't have one of that kind any more to test and find out...
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