The kernel not recognizing the chipset rather than only the keyboard? That could be. Or perhaps the kernel needs a patch from it’s developers to bring it up to speed with some of the newer hardware currently being released.
I do not think it takes all that long as Linus Torvalds and his dev team take that long to develop a kernel to match the newer hardwares being released. Just give it a bit of time, I would think. **Read further on below for more information on this statement. **
Just curious but what specific kernel version was initially installed through the Arch repos that does not allow you to properly do your work on the laptop?
Sorry, I don’t know current kernel version as I also utilize the LTS, so I do not really keep up-to-date with that myself.
You mention that your laptop was released quite recently. Is it this one ? http://tieba.baidu.com/p/4157744237
It is in Chinese but using your specs, it is the closest I could Google for.
As I briefly expressed earlier, you are probably much better off using the LTS kernel.
I switched some time ago and from personal experience, I have not yet experienced any problems.
That being said, the kernels themselves as well as the content from the Arch repos are fairly stable so I would not really expect too many problems so long as you intend to maintain it’s stability and not mess with it too much.
All in all, you still made a wise choice in using a distribution based on Arch.
By the way, if you want to find out about your keyboard
man setxkbmap So for example,
setxkbmap -query and look under “model”
Question: You mentioned that you were able to navigate with the keyboard while in Grub menu but once logged in, you were not able to utilize trackpad nor the keyboard. Correct?
If so, have a look at this kernel commit. kernel commit
It mentions promising support for keyboard and trackpad for the Macbook Pro. It is just an example but it provides insight into the possibility that your keyboard may just not have current support for it. Do you see what I mean when re: support currently not available?
EDIT: But then again, if the LTS kernel supports trackpad and keypad, then it would reason that any subsequent kernels would have backwards compatible support.
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