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Asus ZenBook Keyboard Not Working After Fresh Ubuntu Install

Last Updated May 3rd 2022, 12:41:16 am


I recently installed a fresh copy of Ubuntu 21.10 on an Asus Zenbook 14 and I noticed the keyboard was not working. I was able to reproduce this behavior with all flavors of Ubuntu (Mate, Studio, Kubuntu, etc.).


The solution I found was to edit/update the GRUB loader.[1]

To accomplish this, the on-screen keyboard must be enabled.

Edit grub file

sudo vi /etc/default/grub

Replace the following line:


With this:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="i8042.reset i8042.nomux i8042.nopnp i8042.noloop"

Update bootloader

sudo update-grub


  • Verify the keyboard works after a reboot.
  • Verify the keyboard works after a power-off and power-on.

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