How can I disable the embedded keyboard on my netbook so that I can put an external keyboard on top of it?

I'd like a solution that works across the whole system -- not just in a single X session but also in the virtual terminals.


For X11 you can use xinput list to find the keyboard id and xinput --disable ... to disable it. For the console keyboard I dont know of anything to disable it, but you can use loadkeys to install a dummy keyboard mapping that should stop most accidental input. See man dumpkeys and keymaps(5).

  • Installing a dummy keyboard mapping sounds like something that'll disable both the embedded and the external keyboard, will it not? – PSkocik Sep 5 '15 at 17:37
  • oops. that is probably true. – meuh Sep 5 '15 at 19:03

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