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I'm using Lubuntu 18.04 LTS on an 10 year old Acer laptop. It's of course slower than modern notebooks, but still works like a reliable old mule.

Only issue I'm having is the keyboard. Certain keys won't work, but it's sort of irregular which ones, which makes me think it's not a hardware issue.

As I'm typing this the i, o, 2, 4, 5, 7 and Return keys are not working. Oftentimes the Space and sometimes the Enter keys don't work either, but then start to work after the laptop has been running for a while.

Sometimes, after the laptop has been running for a while, suddenly all keys work for a brief time, then those certain keys stop working again.

I tried running:

sudo apt-get --purge autoremove xserver-xorg-input-all
sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-input-all

But it didn't help. I am helping myself with the Onboard keyboard application, but it's a pain.

Does anybody know this issue or have any idea what I could try to solve this?

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    It may be loose connection. You will have to open the laptop and reseat the keyboard cable. Or get it done by a professional. – user68186 Sep 6 at 15:28
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    Or see if you can use an external keyboard? – DK Bose Sep 6 at 15:32

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