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    Unhappy Virtual Keyboard cannot be used at the login prompt

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    openSUSE 11.3; Fujitsu Tablet ST4110.

    I've managed to install successfully openSUSE 11.3 on my old Fujitsu Tablet 11.3. nomodeset needs to be used at GRUB boot.


    Now, at the login, when I click Others, and prompted to type a username, when I clicked on the virtual keyboard at the bottom right corner of my screen, the I-beam icon looses focus from the entry box, and each character pressed on the virtual keyboard does not appear on the entry box. When I try to click on the entry box, focus cannot be returned to the entry (ie. the I-beam icon does not flash at the entry box).

    Why and what I need to do?? - THANKS!

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    Default Re: Virtual Keyboard cannot be used at the login prompt

    I appeal to urge community experts to share some advise; Community facilitators will you help? Thanks to all.

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    Default Re: Virtual Keyboard cannot be used at the login prompt

    anghb wrote:
    > I appeal to urge community experts to share some advise; Community
    > facilitators will you help? Thanks to all.
    >
    >

    i've never seen a Fujitsu Tablet, and know even less about it...and, i
    'guess' most of the "community experts" here could join me in that
    statement..

    having said that, i can guess that you have chosen a VERY difficult
    piece of hardware to experiment on with Linux (as far as i know, most
    tablets are a bit tricky to setup)..

    i don't know if it is even possible to run anything other than the
    operating system which came with that machine, using the drivers
    designed by the seller of that machine to be used on the original
    system...

    what was your experience when running the Live CD?
    did it run without errors? (if you didn't have this trouble with the
    live CD it means you _can_ fix the problem, if you did have it, good
    luck!)

    have you had any better luck with any other Linux distro? (it might be
    a kernel problem...other distros use different, and often older
    kernels...maybe one of those will work)

    are you running it 64 bit? (if so, try 32)

    does the tablet emulate a Wacom? (if so, you might find your answer is
    waiting for you to find it, try:
    http://www.google.com/search?q=site%...suse.org+wacom

    good luck..

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    josephkk NNTP User

    Default Re: Virtual Keyboard cannot be used at the login prompt

    On Sun, 14 Nov 2010 02:06:02 GMT, anghb <anghb@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org>
    wrote:

    >
    >I appeal to urge community experts to share some advise; Community
    >facilitators will you help? Thanks to all.


    Not that it makes a hill of beans, but i would not expect that the
    software that paints and makes the virtual keyboard function would be
    present at the login screen. I thought it loaded after loading the user's
    desktop/window manager.

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    Cheers Denver. It's great help there. I'm realizing that the tablet I'm having is a "dinosaur". I'll still experiment with what you've suggested. Maybe it could sprint life to my tablet, which has been sitting in a corner collecting dust.

    Honestly, I'm not one who could afford new hardware, like most do. And my modest pay does not entitle me to the luxury end of life. Therefore, I've got to use what is available to maximum value. Just as I reply my thanks, this desktop Dell GX240 is a PentiumIII with only 1Gb of RAM and running Fedora. Slow, and hangs (by graphics) most frequent, but I can still get connected to the larger net users.

    Thank you!

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    Jose, thanks for the reply. Its encouraging. I thank you personally at your post.

    I share with you about what I've observe and understood tablets would operate.
    1. Tablets does not have keyboard and mouse. They have only a stylus (pen) instead.
    2. To signon, you'd need a virtual keyboard. Same with the Microsoft OS.

    Thank you!

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    Default Re: Virtual Keyboard cannot be used at the login prompt

    anghb wrote:
    > Cheers Denver. It's great help there. I'm realizing that the tablet I'm
    > having is a "dinosaur". I'll still experiment with what you've
    > suggested. Maybe it could sprint life to my tablet, which has been
    > sitting in a corner collecting dust.


    i'm not sure, but i think if have enough patience you will probably
    find a way..

    there _may_ be a distro better suited to your needs...have you tried
    something like this:

    http://www.google.com/linux?q=Fujits...10&btnG=Search

    hey, i see that someone seems to have had success with SuSE 9.2 on
    that tablet...so, there IS hope...

    you might look on DistroWatch for a flavor aimed at tablets..

    i don't know, have you looked at a smaller distro, like Puppy (it may
    work out of the box...not all distros are created equal)..

    i think the best is to google google google

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    CAVEAT: http://is.gd/bpoMD [posted via NNTP w/openSUSE 10.3]

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    Default Re: Virtual Keyboard cannot be used at the login prompt

    I suppose the somewhat obvious workaround would be to set the user to autologin (in Yast and probably in KDE/Gnome system settings too), so opensuse boots straight to the desktop, without asking for a login. You'd have to rely on the BIOS password - if any - for some security. I think you'd have to do this right after installation, when suse boots to the desktop without asking for your passwork. Or IINM there an autologin option you can set near the end of the installation.

    Another workaround would be to use an usb keyboard or small keypad for logging in, if the tablet has an usb port.

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