I have recently gotten my raspberry pi and I have plugged in my wireless keyboard but am having difficulties typing. Just trying to log in, I get piiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii when I just type pi. So I read about this and it said it was because keyboard is taking too much power so I purchased a usb hub with a external power source but I still have the same problem. Does anyone know how to fix it? is there some option that I have to enable to stop this? Also if it helps somehow I use the microsoft wireless 800 desktop keyboard

  • Which hub are you using? I am assuming you are plugging the keyboard dongle into the hub. What else do you have plugged into the Pi's USB ports? May 3, 2014 at 21:34
  • I bought a staples USB hub with a external power source(so it has a seperate power source) and I plugged that into the raspberry pi and then I plugged in the receiver for tehe wireless keyboard into the hub, I also tried using a wifi reciever in the hub but I tried with it plugged and not and it still has this problem
    – user14442
    May 3, 2014 at 22:17
  • Is the keyboard on this list of known working keyboards elinux.org/RPi_USB_Keyboards? How are you poewering the Pi? Have you run through the Power and Keyboard checks on the troubleshooting page elinux.org/R-Pi_Troubleshooting? May 3, 2014 at 22:35
  • D: it's in the problems keyboard! I wonder what sticky keys means?
    – user14442
    May 3, 2014 at 22:38
  • Sticky keys are what you are describing the key acts like it is held down continually. May 3, 2014 at 22:43

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With both your keyboard AND wifi dongle functioning improperly, I can come to only three conclusions:

  1. The set you got your Pi in (which, if you're from the UK, is from Maplin I presume) is defective with your keyboard and wifi dongle broken already.

  2. The USB hub that came with it is broken and will not work properly.

  3. Your Pi's USB ports are damaged in some way.

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    only the wfii keybaord doesnt work so i switched to my older dell keyboard and that works now but its not wireless.... and my wifi dongle was working before i tested it on my ubuntu computer so i think ubuntu did something to it but i was looking for someway to reformat it to wrok for the raspberry pi and ithinknthat the usb ports work since i and non wireless keyboard works perfectly and so does my usb so the ports arent broken....
    – user14442
    May 4, 2014 at 13:34

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