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Old 12-11-2003, 11:14 PM   #1
amazingdominik
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Unhappy can only use numbers as login


Hi,

I added "Turbolinux 8.0" to my HP Pavilion PC that runs on XP.
Actually: this Linux is the one that originally came with the machine and I used the restore CD to install it.

The system now uses Grub to boot one of the 2 OS'es

Now when Linux has booted it displays a windows titled "Gnome desktop manager" which has a field to enter a login.

I can only use the numeric keypad of my keyboard to enter a number here. No other character seems to be allowed. No other key on my keyboard seems to have any effect.

So I can not logon.

Anybody have any idea what is causing this?

Is there a way to get the system started in runlevel 3 so I can try a text logon? Please be specific because I am a first-time user of Linux.

When the system boots I see a daemon/service starting that generates a random number. Is this normal behaviour? Could this be part of some protection mechanism?

Thanks in advance for any help!
 
Old 12-11-2003, 11:28 PM   #2
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Haven't used turbolinux before but maybe it has to do with the keyboard layout you selected during installation.
But yeah, see if it works in console, to boot runlevel 3 you need to add '3' to your kernel parameter, so inside the grub menu with your linux(or the kernel you're booting) highlighted press 'e', then append a space and a '3' on the line similar to this "kernel /boot/vmlinuz-watever root=/dev/hda ro"
 
Old 12-12-2003, 04:33 AM   #3
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I re-installed the whole thing for about the 20th time and I selected to have a text prompt for logon. That worked but I could not load "X". That just resulted in an error saying that no windows had been defined and a lot of other things, about 2 screens .

I just select the standard keyboard layout and during the install it works fine. The installer even offers a test to check if the keyboard is working correctly and that is all OK.

I will now do a full install again and use the trick you mentioned to boot in runlevel 3 for further testing.

I have a nasty feeling that this is some trick from HP who do not want the user to perform a customized install but only the default install that erases everything from the HD.

Thanks again.
 
Old 12-12-2003, 09:01 AM   #4
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It seems to be a keyboard problem indeed.

As long as I am in text mode everything works fine. As soon X is started only the numeric keypad is working. I can logon now by using runlevel 3 and then starting X myself. The ALT key, and amazingly- the left Windows key is also working.

Whatever layout I choose: the same problem. HP does not mention anything about this nor do they mention a driver. This Linux was installed upon delivery however, and it worked.

Furthermore I see many things wrong:

When I open the help function most of the text dissappears. For a brief moment something appears when I click an option, and after that I get only a long white document. Possibly a display problem.
Applications crash and some packages that where installed do not seem to function. When I choose new background settings for the logon screen this is forgotten the next time I boot, ....


I still wonder why a PC that was shipped with this Linux pre-installed has so many problems running this OS after re-installing it with the recovery CD's while it runs an Windows XP as a breeze.

My problem remains: how can I get this keyboard to work? It is a very normal 104 keys PS/2 keyboard....
 
  


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