Keyboard not working in gnome?

Christopher Arnold chris at
Fri May 15 11:05:28 UTC 2009

Hi again,

some more input on this.

In Xorg.0.log i see:
(II) config/hal: Adding input device USB Receiver
(EE) config/hal: NewInputDeviceRequest failed (8)
(II) config/hal: Adding input device AT Keyboard
(EE) config/hal: NewInputDeviceRequest failed (8)
(The at part makes sense, i only have USB on this machine)

So i guess this is the problem and that a rebuild of gnome/X11 did not 
help. It seems fairly close to the issues with hald/xorg.conf that we saw 
the last time upgrading gnome.

What is actually the right config nowdays?

I have the following in xorg.conf:
Section "ServerLayout"
     Identifier     "Simple Layout"
     Screen         "Screen 1" 0 0
     InputDevice    "Mouse1" "CorePointer"
     InputDevice    "Keyboard1" "CoreKeyboard"
     Option         "AllowEmptyInput" "off"
     Option         "AutoAddDevices" "off"

And in /etc/rc.conf:

Or does anyone have any hints on why a keyboard (that i'm currently 
writing on...) don't work in X11/Gnome?
Any hints on debugging this?


On Thu, 14 May 2009, Christopher Arnold wrote:

> Hi,
> i'm currently debugging why my keyboard is not working in gnome, so i thought 
> i might throw out a quick question here if someone else have run into this?
> Details:
> Im running 7.1-STABLE.
> It's a logitech wireless keyboard and mouse (connected with USB) that have 
> been woriking for a couple of years. (Actually i'm writing on it now, but in 
> a vty) Suddenly in the middle of a session everything hung, so i rebooted.
> Now i managed to login (That is it works in gdm!) but when i open a xterm or 
> any other program it does not work. (as in no keys work not even caps lock) 
> The mouse works perfectly. And since the mouse works i can use the GUI to 
> logout and back in gdm keyboard works again...
> My first thought was that i might have rebuilt some port affecting this, so 
> currently i'm rebuilding X11 and gnome.
> Have anyone else run into this?
> Any hints on what might be wrong?
> 	/Chris
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