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Before I formatted my notebook, the onboard keyboard worked perfectly on Debian 8 with Gnome 3. Now, after installing Debian 9 with a minimal XFCE, it doesn't work anymore, except on CLI.

I can't even change to TTY because no keys work, except in recovery mode.

Here are some files that I collected about the keyboard settings:

/etc/default/keyboard:

XKBMODEL="pc105"  
XKBLAYOUT="br"  
XKBVARIANT=""  
XKBOPTIONS=""  

BACKSPACE="guess"

/usr/lib/xorg/modules/input:

mouse_drv.so synaptics_drv.so void_drv.so

I have installed the package xserver-xorg-input-kbd during the install, but decided remove it thinking that it was the problem. In both cases the keyboard doesn't work on XFCE.

And no, I don't use any session manager. I just automated the process of login through the systemd and the .profile.

Edit: I installed the package xserver-xorg-input-libinput and the keyboard started to work on XFCE. Case closed. =)

  • Lets try to eliminate hardware failure first. Have you verified if any other keyboard would work? Or that your current Keyboard works with other systems? – kemotep Mar 30 '18 at 19:48
  • It's a notebook keyboard brah. And no, I haven't another keyboard here to test. =\ – Wox ZrinH Mar 30 '18 at 19:51
  • So to clarify the keyboard worked in GNOME but now does not work when you installed a new OS with XFCE? What do you mean it only works in CLI? Also what do you mean by minimal? You most likely are missing the correct packages/drivers. – kemotep Mar 30 '18 at 19:57
  • "So to clarify the keyboard worked in GNOME but now does not work when you installed a new OS with XFCE? What do you mean it only works in CLI?" Yes. "Also what do you mean by minimal? You most likely are missing the correct packages/drivers." I install the minimal drivers and the core of XFCE. – Wox ZrinH Mar 30 '18 at 19:58
  • I have edited the comment. Check it. The core of XFCE is something like this. And about the CLI: the keyboard works on console mode. Just this. I make all the minimal install on console using the keyboard. – Wox ZrinH Mar 30 '18 at 20:04
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Just to make it clear what the answer is: I was having a similar issue, and I also installed the package xserver-xorg-input-libinput as suggested and the keyboard started to work again.

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