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