Title says it all. Do note that the keyboard stops randomly, and i never had problems during the install or boot or such.
I wrote this w/ my on-screen keyboard. it has no function keys however, so the solution presented here wouldn't be applicable.
I also naturally wouldn't want to have to relog every time this happens.
I can access my console fine w/ my on-screen keybd, so terminal commands i can do.
My laptop is a Dell Inspiron 7110