Fossil here, too. I sympathize.

I'm not sure what exact problem you are experiencing, but one way to start
to get a handle on it is to create a USB thumb drive with a "live" version
of one or more other Linux distributions and try booting to it to see
whether they get a reasonable keyboard configuration out-of-the-box.

I have an old netbook where I mangled the keyboard connector, so it has to
have an external keyboard to do anything.

And there's also this possibility:

 -- jmcg

On Wed, Dec 21, 2022 at 1:21 PM Bruce Labitt <>

> Feeling like a bit of a fossil and not knowing what files do what, or
> where things are located.  Need to fix an obnoxious problem with a
> keyboard and realize I just don't know even how to investigate this
> anymore.  What are recommended sources for a modern overview of system
> files, purposes and organization?
> Think my laptop now believes my Logitech keyboard is the default
> keyboard.  This is bad, because it has a different number of keys and
> the mapping is different.  This a royal pia.  I am typing with a mouse.
> Even the space bar doesn't work.  Practically it makes a laptop into a
> desktop system.  I don't even know where to start since a lot of the
> Linux cheese moved, in the past 10 years.
> System76 Oryx 6 Pro laptop.  POPOS 22.04.
> Any tips or pointers to well written overviews on the modern
> organization would be appreciated.  Perhaps I could learn enough to at
> least know the correct search terms.
> TIA, Bruce
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