Arabic Characters appear when i type on username and in command line programs since upgrade to Ubuntu 9.04 from 8.10

Asked by vanitycat

I bought a mesh computer recently which comes with ubuntu 8.10, i used the upgrade manager which upgraded me to 9.04. but since the up grade my keyboard (have tried both wireless and wired) seems to type in arabic, as such i cant log on to unbuntu since it wont recognise my username and password. also when i manage to get to a command prompt style screen, it will also write in arabic.

However i can use a Knoppix CD and the keyboard language types in english on Knoppix 6.0. I have managed to edit the xorg.conf file after mounting the hard drive. However after inserting a the xkblayout commands into the xorg.conf, there is no change. I have tried replacing the xorg.conf file (kept a copy) with a the xorg.conf file from Knoppix, also with little luck. Any ideas anyone?

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Vihar (vmankov) said :

Two hints:

--before logging in there are options in the down-left corner of the screen. And there you can try Choose Language.

-- I suppose yot are getting to a console choosing this at boot Recovery Mode:

      - it asks for the ROOT password, not for your User one. They are sometimes different. Do you have it? If no try with the user one.
      - if you have a working password you can enter it by holding Alt-key and typing on the numpad some digits. Alt-048 means zero (0), Alt-049 one (1) ... ... -057 is 9. The letters: Alt-065 is A, -66 is B,... ... -90 is Z, -097 is a, -098 is b ... ... -122 is z.

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Vihar (vmankov) said :

You can try this way of "typing" in a console (not terminal, Ctrl+Alt+F2) on a working machine. Going back to GUI Alt+F7.

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vanitycat (vanitycat2000) said :

Hey Vihar, thanks for your help with this, but in the end i decided it was just easier to reinstall ubuntu since the computer was new, there was nothing worth saving on it. and now its working fine.

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Vihar (vmankov) said :

Happy to hear it.
I was almost sure you'll do a new install.