Keyboard not working in gnome?

Christopher Arnold chris at
Fri May 15 16:34:52 UTC 2009

On Fri, 15 May 2009, Robert Noland wrote:

> On Fri, 2009-05-15 at 13:05 +0200, Christopher Arnold wrote:
>> 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"
>> EndSection
> Using the above, you shouldn't need the lines below.  Your devices need
> to be statically configured in xorg.conf.  If you are using hald, then
> remove both the AllowEmptyInput and AutoAddDevices lines above.  I
When i commment theese out i get neither keyboard or mouse.
Also i notice in the xorg logfile that my "Keyboard1" gets ignored 
alltogether. That is if i would have got the keyboard to work i would have 
a us one instead of my swedish.

>> And in /etc/rc.conf:
>> bus_enable="YES"
>> hald_enable="YES"
If i comment these out then gdm dosn't even start since gdm requiers them 
i guess.

And yes this is a cutnpaste error...

Btw my config file and the logfiles are here:

I guess i am doing a simple mistake somwhere, just cant figure what...


>> 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?
>>  	/Chris
>> 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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