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Old 12-09-2004, 08:58 AM   #1
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USB Keyboard and Mouse problems on Fedora 3 connected through Thinkpad dock


I am currently experiencing USB keyboard and mouse problems getting my newly installed Fedora Core 3 on my IBM Thinkpad working through the docking station. The output of dmesg shows the USB hub/ports are enabled ( 3 are shown ).

Tried running kudzu but that did nothing. Discovered that during Grub stage 2 loading ( notebook also has Windows XP Pro installed ( dual boot) )that the USB keyboard plugged into the dock works fine to select which system to boot. Once Fedora loads, the USB keyboard and mouse stop functioning. I am then forced to use the laptop keyboard and pointer whiled docked.

Once I remove the laptop from the docking station and plug in the same keyboard and mouse ( this is an IBM USB keyboard and USB mouse ) directly into one of my two USB ports in back of the laptop, kudzu shows the recognition of a new keyboard and configures it and everything works fine. Then if I plug it back in to the dock, kudzu runs and states a "previous hardware device can no longer be found" and asks if you want to remove the keyboard. The keyboard/mouse is plugged in at this time into the USB port in back of the dock.

Doesn't work. Tried looking at other issues with USB mouse and keyboard problems, but no luck. Modifying xorg.conf did not work ( adding DevInputMice ) only prevented my system from booting X.

Has anyone run into this problem on Fedora 3 (2)? This worked for me on Redhat 9.
 
Old 02-13-2005, 06:26 PM   #2
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I have a very similar problem with FC2 (haven't tried it on FC3 yet). My IBM USB Keyboard works fine the first time I boot into Linux, but when I reboot, it doesn't work after Lilo. This is not only with USB keyboards, as the same error has occured with a USB printer I have no solution yet, just frustrations. I have also noticed that when the USB Keyboard is plugged in, the dots (.............) after Lilo are very slow to appear. As soon as I reboot without the USB Keyboard, they are back to normal speed! I have absolutely no idea what the problem is

-Alan
 
Old 02-14-2005, 11:14 AM   #3
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I am using grub and have a dual boot machine( WinXP Pro ). I have no problem selecting through grub the OS I want to boot from with the USB keyboard and mouse plugged into my Thinkpad docking station. It works fine within the grub screen. The minute I select Fedora Core 3 as the OS and it loads the keyboard/mouse stops working.

This setup works fine under WinXP. IBM support states this as a Redhat Fedora issue, not an IBM thinkpad issue.
 
Old 02-14-2005, 11:22 AM   #4
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Ya, it sounds exactly the same problem as I have. the Keyboard works fine in win98 (I dual boot also), it's just when I reboot into Linux it doesn't work. I even found sometimes that when I rebooted and turned the power completely off, and then on again, the keyboard would work in Linux after Lilo. The only thing I can think of, is that the USB driver in Linux, on a reboot, isn't recognizing that the Keyboard is still plugged in, and it doesn't load the driver for it. It's very strange. I agree with IBm that it is not their problem, it's something within Linux, and it could well be Fedora Core. I'm going to try leaving my USB Digi-camera and USB mp3 player plugged in, and see if on a reboot, and test whether Linux still sees them. if you get anything new, let me know - it's very anoying

-Alan
 
Old 02-15-2005, 08:38 AM   #5
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Will do. Keep me posted as well.

Matt D.
 
Old 09-23-2005, 09:32 AM   #6
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Same Problem

I have a ThinkPad T-30 with the docking stations and I'm having the same problem with Redhat 9.0 Pro. Has this issue been resolved? Not only will the USB ports not work, but I'm unable to get the serial connection to work.

Mike
 
Old 09-23-2005, 10:24 AM   #7
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Hello. I have a Thinkad T42 with 2 usb 2.0 slots, and they are working well, however I haven't tried my usb keyboard in one yet and booting with it. What is the dock for the thinkpads? The problem with usb that seems to be occuring for quite a few different people, that I know of, is that when we boot the system with a usb mouse/keyboard/printer/etc..., sometimes it doesn't work.... period, yet other times it works great. I'm using FC4, and have had this problem with FC3 as well (FC3 is when I bought my usb keyboard, so I don't know for sure if the problem exists with lesser versions).

What I figured out is that if you plug the usb keyboard in (and make sure the BIOS has usb setup to work), tell the Redhat/Fedora config tools that say they've detected new hardware, and will install it for you, to IGNORE the new hardware, usb devices have worked flawlessly since.

It sounds like that might not be your problem, because you mention the dock, which I don't think I have or have used. If you can somehow tell RH9to ignore the new devices, it might work. I'm going to try booting with my usb keyboard/mouse in my laptop and see if they work.

-Alan
 
  


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