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I have an Ubuntu 11.04 desktop, and my USB keyboard stopped working all of sudden. I tried rebooting, swapping USB port, swapping keyboard, VNC into it, but nothing helped. I dont have PS2 port on the computer either. Now my computer is stuck at the log in screen, and I can't put in a password because the keyboard doesn't work. I need to access data on the hard drive of the computer. What should I try? If I connect the (ubuntu) hard drive to a windows desktop, will the windows desktop be able to access the information? Or will the hard drive be ruined?

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Do you have the Installation CD with you ? –  user224082 Nov 15 '13 at 8:06
    
No, but I can find one. Should I reinstall the OS? Will it wipe out my data? –  user853069 Nov 15 '13 at 8:23
    
If You reinstall you lost all your data. You can Run Ubuntu with Try Ubuntu option in CD installation menu. It doesnt make any change in the computer. Just running. With this, You have to mount Computer's Ubuntu system to it and then can reinstall Keyboard driver. First test that weather keyboard works with ** Try Ubuntu** option. Otherwise problem may be in keyboard hardware. Also you can copy all your data to the Try Ubuntu mode and install that mode permanantly in the computer. –  user224082 Nov 15 '13 at 8:41
    
Close-voters: this question (although nominally about 11.04) is in no way 11.04 specific. –  guntbert Nov 18 '13 at 18:05
    
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about hardware failure. Please test the keyboard on another machine and report back. –  Seth Nov 19 '13 at 4:46
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