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I'm trying to install Ubuntu 12.04 on my Surface Pro 2 at the moment and it seems to be working fine, exept for the fact, that neither one of my keyboard covers is working, the keys light up on my Type Cover 2, but nothing registers and the same is true for me old Touch Cover! I'm thously unable to complete the installation, cannot enter a username and so on...

Have anyone of you encountered this or a similar problem and knows a solution?

Thanks from Austria! :)

P.S.: I used this guide: Dual boot Surface Pro with Ubuntu?

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As this is proprietary hardware the linux kernel just can't seem to handle it yet.
See: https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=175657,
https://bugzilla.kernel.org/show_bug.cgi?id=64811 and the follow up discussion:
http://linux-kernel.2935.n7.nabble.com/PATCH-Add-HID-s-to-hid-microsoft-driver-of-Surface-Type-Touch-Cover-2-to-fix-bug-td790242.html.

So kernel people seem to be already on it. I couldn't find out if the patch landed in any upstream kernel yet.
If you don't want to wait you can try to compile a custom kernel with their patch included. Here are two resources with some information:
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/KernelCustomBuild,
Correct way to apply patches to your kernel?

Disclaimer
Never tried this myself

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Thanks a lot for the information, I'll stick to my virtual machine with Ubuntu on my Surface Pro until this is really fixed and enjoy the full experience on my main rig at home :) –  delanyinspiron6400 Mar 15 at 14:02

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