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Old 10-17-2005, 12:18 AM   #1
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USB Keyboard failing


I have a logitech USB keyboard, with all the little windows buttons up top which is great cos i'm dual booting and they are very well implemented in windows.

I have a problem that the keyboard doesn't work once everything loads and it puts me in Xwindows UNLESS i am continuously pressing different random buttons while the kernel loads. I think worst case scenario is i put the pc on and let GRUB load linux on default without touching anything, then by the time it gets to log on screen in X i can't type... or even reboot cos it needs the root pass! What can i do?

I'm running debian latest stable version and pretty amateur
 
Old 10-18-2005, 09:25 AM   #2
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Hello!

I tried to install debian too.

During install I the usb keyboard didn´t work, so I could not finish the installation.

USB keyboard worked with suse 10, fedora 4, slackware (i tested so far).

Greetings
 
Old 10-18-2005, 09:38 AM   #3
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Does your BIOS have a setting called "Legacy USB support" or something similar? On my PC that setting needs to be enabled to use a USB keyboard at boot time (eg LILO or GRUB). Otherwise you have to wait until the O.S. loads a USB driver for the keyboard to function.

Hope that helps.

Dave
 
Old 10-18-2005, 10:23 AM   #4
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mine works at boot but stops after that (when it does stop)!
 
Old 10-22-2005, 10:47 AM   #5
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My problem has now gotten worse,

i just reinstalled now using debian sarge but kernel 2.6 and i really have to try to make it work ( i have to be at the computer when it starts up so that just after it detects the keyboard i hold down a key to make sure it doesn't disconnect) its bad cos then once i get to login screen and can't type i try to reboot but can't cos it needs root password so i have3 to force the pc to reboot ie. press the reset button
 
Old 10-23-2005, 05:24 AM   #6
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I know nothing about Debian, but do you have hotplug running? This might help.

Also, you could try unplugging the keyboard, waiting a few seconds, and then plugging it in again to see if it is recognised then. I hate USB!
 
Old 10-23-2005, 09:39 AM   #7
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Originally posted by tredegar
I know nothing about Debian, but do you have hotplug running? This might help.

Also, you could try unplugging the keyboard, waiting a few seconds, and then plugging it in again to see if it is recognised then. I hate USB!
It seems to me that as a linux users you would! In windows usb is fantastic! Even from an unbiased perspective.

I'll look into hotplug... sounds like an app that allows dynamic interface with usb or something might mean i can just unplug and replug otherwise though i've tried already.

I can't get rid of the keyboard cos my sister likes to use it in windows its got all the media player buttons... i don't mind it either, i honestly thought an operating system like linux would have no trouble adapting to it
 
  


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