[maemo-users] USB keyboard on n800?

From: Larry Battraw lbattraw at gmail.com
Date: Wed Nov 7 01:21:52 EET 2007
On 11/6/07, drfredc at drfredc.com <drfredc at drfredc.com> wrote:
> Does anyone know if your typical USB keyboard will work in the n800,
> assuming you get the connector to convert from regular to small USB
> port?   Any thoughts on keyboard drivers?
Yes, it will, and it works better (in some ways) than the 770.  You will
need to flash a kernel that supports USB host as well as loading the
appropriate USB kernel modules; loading the modules is something you'll want
to automate by putting it in a script that's executed every time the n800
boots.  There are no drivers besides the kernel modules for USB HID devices
(keyboard) or mass storage (external USB memory/adapters) needed.  This is
not a trivial hack to set up, but once you understand what's going on it
works quite well.  Using a female USB A->female USB A adapter you can plug a
USB keyboard directly into the n800 using the cable supplied with the n800
and have it work, just as you can for certain USB storage devices and
adapters (i.e. a CF or SD USB adapter).  The device just needs to consume a
very small amount of current (less than 100 mA, if this means anything to
you).  This is a step up from the 770 which required external power hacks
for everything used.  Let me know if you're interested in learning more or
if this sounds like too much trouble.

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