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Windows 7: Keyboard won't work after booting from Linux Mint

01 Feb 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home and Linux Mint 8
Keyboard won't work after booting from Linux Mint

I have windows 7 home premium dual booting with Linux Mint 8, on a Dell XPS M1530.

When I shut down linux mint and go back into windows I have the following problem.

Upon the windows 7 desktop appearing, I am able to type or use the keyboard as usual-until I touch the touchpad on my laptop. After I touch the touchpad, (even for just the slightest second!) I am unable to type anything. For example, if I launch the start menu and then try to type to find a file nothing will happen. The only way for me to get by this is to reboot the computer again. So essentially I have to reboot twice in order to get a working keyboard with Windows after being in linux.

This problem does not happen if I stay in Windows and reboot windows repeatedly. (I tested it by reinstalling windows and having it as the only OS for about a week.)

I tried the following workarounds: using the Dell support software to disable the touchpad when a mouse is present.

I tried reinstalling the touchpad driver.

Nothing has worked. Alps electric is the touchpad manufacturer.

I asked this question on the ubuntu forums and got back the answer that windows doesn't like the other OS on there and upon reboot gets confused or sees things are in a different state. I was also told that Windows uses a HID device for the keyboard and Linux does not.

Very annoying problem and I doubt there is a fix for it, but please help if you can.

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02 Feb 2010   #2

Windows 7 Home and Linux Mint 8

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25 Mar 2010   #3

windows 7

hi morty

i have a similar problem. i also use windows 7 and it works fine. i created a live usb and i'm running linux mint 8 first of all it takes forever to boot up it gives a lot of code and it eventually gets to the desktop but then the touchpad and keyboard doesnt work none of the buttons work but when i use windows 7 after that the keyboard and touch works. its just when i run a linux distro that the touch pad and keyboard dont work

i've also used ubuntu and kubuntu but its the same thing

our computer problems might be related. i wold recommend you posting your question at tech support guy forums heres the link HelpOnThe.Net: Tech Support Guy - Free help for Windows 7, XP, Vista, and more! they're currently helping me with my problem just wanted to let you know your not alone
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30 Mar 2010   #4

Windows 7 Home and Linux Mint 8

Thanks for the info. My problem seems to have gotten a little better though, for some reason. Keep me posted.
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