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This is crazy. I am trying to help my brother get Slackware up from 700 miles away over an IM client. After solving a multitude of other problems over the last 7 hours, I am stuck on this one:
Once he types startx, KDE comes up but his keyboard goes dead and his mouse (both PS/2) doesn't work. He is running an old Intel 82371SB mobo (PII I guess) and no one in the Google universe seems to have had this problem. X wouldn't start before, cause vid card driver issues. Fixed that. Then his mouse wasn't configured properly. He got the old, no pointer error. Set it up as ps/2, /dev/mouse, etc and it starts but doesn't work. He also changed both the keyboard and mouse just for the hell of it, still nothing.
The mouse I can understand, but how can the keyboard work fine at the console, then not in X. The 8042 is the most standard thing in the world right?