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Re: I cant get a keyboard to work with my PI!

Thu May 24, 2012 3:34 pm

Thanks, that helps. I actually contacted my favorite reseller to inquire about keyboards' power consumption... we had a good laugh, asked around, and confirmed that is not even mentioned in whatever tech doc they get from the manufacturers. Trial and error it is then...

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Re: I cant get a keyboard to work with my PI!

Thu May 24, 2012 3:35 pm

I still don't know exactly what has caused the keyboard problems that I've encountered with my Pi, but only yesterday I finally managed to find one in the house that works with no issues at all...

I tried three USB keyboards. The first was an A.N.Other-brand wireless "media centre" keyboard/trackball from Maplin (which I "borrowed" from another PC of ours), which was constantly repeating keypresses and was basically useless for the Pi (but OK on other machines). The second was a cheap no-name wired USB keyboard, which caused the Pi to kernel-panic every time, the moment I plugged it in.

Third time lucky? Well, yes - a Dell wired keyboard worked fine, but (a) I really wanted wireless (the Pi is using our TV as a display), and (b) the keyboard was borrowed and I had to return it ;) So, what else could I try?

The answer had been staring me in the face the whole time: the Logitech K360 USB wireless keyboard we use (occasionally) with our Wii! I plugged the nano-receiver into the Pi... and the keyboard worked perfectly as long as the Pi was switched on.

Now, the original wireless keyboard/trackball is plugged into the Wii, the old PC has the "no-name" wired k/b, and the Pi has the K360.

What a "palaver" - I'm just glad I didn't have to buy another keyboard, which might not have worked either... all is well now :lol:
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Re: I cant get a keyboard to work with my PI!

Sat May 26, 2012 8:22 am

Also have had troubles, with wired Apple keyboard and noname other keybard. A labtec keyboard worked well though, even powered from my computer.

Tried 2 power supplies and 2 different micro usb cables with the first two keyboards and none of them worked. The noname one flashed during boot as you would suspect but nothing else. Seems to be a bit tricky to get one that works.
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Re: I cant get a keyboard to work with my PI!

Tue May 29, 2012 9:24 pm

If anyone is having a keyboard - or mouse - issue then I can confirm that the Asda basic wired keyboard (£5) and their wired optical mouse £2.50) work perfectly. We have a few of these mice at work, for emergencies, and they are responsive & reliable.

Ren

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Re: I cant get a keyboard to work with my PI!

Wed May 30, 2012 8:03 am

I have also had a problem with keyboard kernel panics. I bought an Argos value USB keyboard and it triggers a kernel panic whenever connected.

Can anyone he recommend a keyboard which is

A) cheap
B) available to buy now (preferably please supply a link)
C) works with the Raspi as is (no powered hub required)

Otherwise I might need to buy this (and I only want the keyboard!)

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/320896381552? ... 1282wt_874

Thanks.

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Re: I cant get a keyboard to work with my PI!

Wed May 30, 2012 9:49 am

I can answer my own question!

I took the Argos Basic Keyboard back to Argos, and replaced it with the Bush Slimline Wired Keyboard at £9.99
http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/p ... 246229.htm

I can certify that this works flawlessly with the RasPi - no USB hub required.

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Re: I cant get a keyboard to work with my PI!

Sun Jun 03, 2012 7:06 pm

A small update from my side:

I went with my RPI to a friend who has a working RPI enviroment we unplugged his and connected mine with his PSU/Keyboard/SD and TV, mine still doesnt want to use the keyboard so its definitely a Hardware problem. The friend recognized that my RPI at boot-up doesnt proper show network and USB stuff. I will now send mine back to RS.

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Re: I cant get a keyboard to work with my PI!

Mon Jun 04, 2012 3:26 pm

I've got the same problem. No lights on the keyboard and no Light on the switch when plugging in the ethernet cable.

I have a no-name SD card, could this be the problem? The pi boots up just fine.

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Re: I cant get a keyboard to work with my PI!

Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:41 pm

The Wiki has a whole load of working and not-working keyboards listed. If anyone is still looking then I strongly suggest they print out the list and take it shopping with them.

Executive summary: ASDA and Tesco work. PC World and Argos don't. Some Logitech and Microsoft work, others don't.

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Re: I cant get a keyboard to work with my PI!

Mon Jun 04, 2012 5:10 pm

Just tried with a brand new kingston card. Still nothing.
Guess i have to call RS.

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Re: I cant get a keyboard to work with my PI!

Thu Jun 07, 2012 10:12 am

erul wrote:I've got the same problem. No lights on the keyboard and no Light on the switch when plugging in the ethernet cable.

I have a no-name SD card, could this be the problem? The pi boots up just fine.
I dont think that it is related to your SD Card, and if LAN doesnt light up then you have proably the same problem as i do. I thought my boot up sequence was fine but a friend said that there is something missing which is related to LAN etc....

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Re: I cant get a keyboard to work with my PI!

Thu Jun 07, 2012 12:58 pm

strawberrytau wrote: Can anyone he recommend a keyboard which is

A) cheap
B) available to buy now (preferably please supply a link)
C) works with the Raspi as is (no powered hub required)
Logik http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/logik-key ... teria.html
Only £4.99 at PC World, and although it says 'pink' in the description it is actually a rather tasteful raspberry shade....

Although the Verified Peripherals Wiki says the Apple A1048 k/b works, I had no luck with it. It probably all depends on what other peripherals you're using though. A 'verified' keyboard may not work if you use some other peripheral like a mouse, hub or power supply that doesn't play nicely. So use the verified peripherals page with caution.

FWIW I'm using a 5 button MS Intellimouse, and a Logik LP4HUB10 4-Port USB Hub which also provides power (and I snipped the red wire inside it where it connects to the pcb). I am connected (ethernet) to my network ok. I don't have a wireless dongle to test with this combination.

There are other USB things I have yet to test as well (a gps dongle, daisy chaining a second powered usb hub to the Logic, a memory stick etc, but as things stand my combination of bits has worked well for the 2 days I have been playing - no crashes, sticky keys, dead mice etc.

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Re: I cant get a keyboard to work with my PI!

Wed Sep 05, 2012 2:53 am

Hello,

I had similar problems with my Pi upon opening it this afternoon. Turns out, the problem of not being able to get KB, Mouse or NIC working was isolated to a faulty USB cable.

Upon changing the cheap chinese made cable to a good quality Samsung cable, problem gone.

Working 100%.

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Re: I cant get a keyboard to work with my PI!

Fri Oct 17, 2014 4:36 pm

I had the same problem and solved it: My Raspberry Pi was powered by a USB cable connected to the same USB Hub that I connected to USB port. The Raspberry detect it and close all USB ports (but the rest continues to work).
In this case, just connect your rpi to a distinct electrical power source.

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Re: I cant get a keyboard to work with my PI!

Mon Oct 20, 2014 11:42 am

FWIW, and IIRC...

These problems were caused by the USB firmware supplied by the (Ethernet/USB) chip manufacturers. It's been rewritten now and I would expect just about any keyboard to work. The only exceptions would be strange wireless ones that need their own drivers.

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Re: I cant get a keyboard to work with my PI!

Mon Oct 20, 2014 12:53 pm

Its a 2 year old thread, because its basically a 2 year old problem. With early software the Pi was tetchy as hell with keyboards and many USB devices. Its at least an order of magnitude better with a modern OS. My Microsoft Sidewinder X4 which was a complete non starter in the early days has worked for about 12 months now.
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Re: I cant get a keyboard to work with my PI!

Mon Jan 12, 2015 9:38 pm

I bought the Logitech k360 as well, but it says that it needs a software download :?: I tried it on 2 different model laptops, and the pi, and it doesn't work

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Re: I cant get a keyboard to work with my PI!

Tue Jan 13, 2015 1:52 pm

I refer the honourable gentleman/lady to my earlier answer:
rurwin wrote:The only exceptions would be strange wireless ones that need their own drivers.
Windows drivers don't work under Linux.You may be lucky enough that the manufacturers provide a Linux driver that works, or the community may have reverse engineered one, but don't hold your breath.

From a brief Google, in this case, this might help: http://th0th.me/log/pairing-logitech-un ... -gnulinux/

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