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Thread: Keyboard and touchpad frozen on dell vostro 1510

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    Default Keyboard and touchpad frozen on dell vostro 1510

    Hello,
    I tryed to boot backtrack 3 final live cd on my dell vostro 1510, it works fine but my built in keyboard and touchpad don't work.
    I searched in the forum, some guys seem to have the same problem as me but I didn't found any solution.
    I would like to know how to make them work and i'm wondering if I would have the same problem on backtrack 4 beta.

    my usb mouse works so if there is something like a virtual keyboard i could type in some commands

    Thanks a lot for your help,

    antismap

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    nobody knows if you will have the same problem in bt4beta or final which comes in a few.

    You can either burn a CD and try, or boot from usb and try. Then you could share here for the benefit of others with the same laptop model as yours. Or check the "working hardware" or "non-working hardware" topics for bt4beta? whatever suits you. As you see, lots of options

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    You could try installing VMware or Xen. then run your LiveCD as a guest OS.

    Testing out a distro inside a Virtual Machine saves your hardware from the constant power cycling due to OS/hardware incompatibilities.

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    It's happening the same on BT4 pre-reales.

    After i install it, keyboard and touchpad ain't working

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    FIXED

    OK - I have a proper fix, even if I don't understand how it works or why it broke.

    In short: add i8042.reset to your kernel parameters.

    In long:

    1. Backup your /boot/grub/menu.lst somewhere else, possibly off the machine?
    2. Run:
    Code:

    sudo nano /boot/grub/menu.lst

    , and enter your password when requested. Obviously, you can use whatever editor you like.
    3. Find the line beginning # kopt=. Don't remove the #.
    4. Add
    Code:

    i8042.reset

    to the end of the line, so that your final line looks something like:
    Code:

    # kopt=root=UUID=c10a4641-f9b2-8b06-7127-bb1ba1fe45d4 ro i8042.reset

    5. Save the file.
    6. Run
    Code:

    sudo update-grub

    Now, that option should be automatically added to whatever kernel you boot. I hope this helps somebody.
    Now i can write in the login. But the problem is that somehow it doesn't recognize my password :S

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