My cousin ask me to reinstall Windows on its old laptop (Acer, core 2 duo, 1gb ddr2) because the touchpad and keyboard stopped responding. I tried, xp, vista and win 7 but after installation the keyboard and pad didn't work. I tried plugging a usb keyboard and a usb mouse and didn't work either. Then I decided to install Ubuntu and guess what, It works perfectly.
Can someone please explain what is happening here?
Ubuntu has better support for generic hardware. Windows requires the correct drivers. Make sure you download the drivers from Acer before you install windows and put them on a usb flash drive so you can load them right away. Try a ps/2 keyboard and/or mouse to load the drivers.