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I am using this keyboard , it works fine in windows and other version of linux like puppy linux , but when ever I try using it on ubuntu or any ubuntu based distro , the lights on the keyboard work but none of the keys do . I have pluged in other keyboards and they work , so I don't know what to think.

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I have the same issue (with the exact same keyboard), I am currently having to use a different one. Did anyone ever find a fix for this? – user137963 Mar 6 '13 at 1:46

I believe this keyboard is unsupported. My brother just got the same keyboard and I have done some research on Rosewill's website. Not only are there no drivers but I can't seem to get Ubuntu to recognize it after several attempts.

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There's not much about getting this keyboard working in Linux on the web but after much searching and trial and error this is what works

  • Ubuntu 13.04 (dev) using 3.8.0-17-generic
  • Kanotix using kernel 3.8.2-2-486....

Not working

  • Ubuntu 12.04 using kernel 3.2.0
  • Ubuntu 12.10 using kernel 3.5.0

In short the older kernels do not support the Rosewill RIKB-11003 keyboard so if your new to GNU/Linux Ubuntu LinuxMint I would recommend waiting a bit and upgrading to Ubuntu 13.04 when it comes out later this month.

I found this solution also helped my RK-8100

There's plenty of guides for installing 3.8.5, but this is the one i used:

cd /tmp 
wget -O kernel-3.8.5 
chmod +x kernel-3.8.5 
sudo sh kernel-3.8.5 
sudo reboot

You can also find the packages here:

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FWIW: it's generally a bad idea to download scripts and then run them. Please read the script before running it. Or better yet, read it and run the commands inside yourself. – isaaclw Dec 6 '13 at 20:01

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