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Linux (CentOS, Red Hat, Ubuntu) operating systems can't recognize my laptop keyboard, and I'm unable to work with it any more.

It had been fine but I don't know what's happened to it now. Note that it works correctly in Windows.

Any ideas what might be wrong and how I can fix it?

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I found it.

I pass this command to kernel when coming up:

linux i8042.reset

It's cause to run keyboard for a while. After each reset you should type it.

I also read somewhere else that by changing /boot/grub/menu.lst you can do it for all the time.

Find this line and add ro i8042.reset to it:

\# kopt=root=UUID=c10a4641-f9b2-8b06-7127-bb1ba1fe45d4 ro i8042.reset
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Try starting the laptop without the battery.

It appears that 1510 series had lot's of issues when the battery is bad.
Mine, sometimes, refuses to initialize the keyboard in opensuse. I have to hit ESC before X is started.

HTH

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It not work again I want to install CentOS and ESC doesn't work. after ENTER for install graphic mode screen appear and ask to check disk ro skip but keyboard doesn't work anymore –  abbas88 Aug 29 '10 at 19:47

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