Microsoft Ergonomic 4000 Keyboard Linux Driver

As of Linux Kernel 2.6.24, you no longer need to patch the kernel to get your Microsoft Ergonomic keyboard to work. With kernel 2.6.30+ and possibly lower, the options that you need to enable to get the keyboard to work has changed. The old settings that needed to be enabled were:

Device Drivers  --->
    Input Device Support  --->
        <M> Event Interface

    USB Support  --->
        <M> USB Human Interface Device (full HID) support
        [*] HID input layer support
        [*] HID simple driver interface
        <M>   Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 Driver

The event Interface has remained consistant.  However, the USB section has changed over the different kernel releases:

 

Device Drivers  --->
    [*] HID Defices  --->
        {*}  Generic HID support
        <*>  USB Human Interface Device (full HID) support
             Special HID drivers  --->
                 <*>  Microsoft

If you choose to go the module way, then the module's name will be: hid-microsoft