I have an old ZaReason netbook (from about 2010 I think?) that came with Ubuntu installed. But after a few years of upgrades it wasn't keeping up any longer (too slow). Rather than go back to an earlier version of Ubuntu (I think it started with 10.4/Lucid Lynx? Not later than that), I looked around and decided to put Linux Mint MATE 17/Qiana 32-bit on it, figuring if that was too slow I could try another distro. All was working fine, and I was really enjoying Mint. But a month or so later, I booted up to find that my keyboard wouldn't respond.
I assumed I'd broken it somehow hauling it around on mass transit, so I set it aside (as I also have other computers to use). But then this evening on a lark I booted it up again and pressed the key to get into the BIOS - and the keyboard responds to that, even though it won't respond once the system is up and running.
So, right now while I'm working on another machine, I'm reinstalling Linux Mint MATE totally from scratch all over again on the netbook and during the install the keyboard is working for me to type in my user name/etc. UPDATE: The install just finished and the keyboard is working just fine (I was a able to type perfectly in the text editor, as one would normally expect, iow).
So, what happened? I'm curious is this was just a fluke, or a bug, or a sign I can only use Ubuntu on the machine, or...? I would like to understand so I can remedy the problem for good if it returns.
The netbook is old but it's perfect for taking on the road for basic word processing (LibreOffice) and internet research (Firefox) that I can flesh out on more powerful machines later. So I'd like to keep using it. Any thoughts are much appreciated.
Here are the netbook specs, if that helps:
Memory 2.0 GiB
Processor Intel Atom CPU N450 @ 1.66GHz x 2
Graphics Intel IGD|x86/MM/SSE2
OS Type 32-bit
Disk 151.3 GB