this is my first post here, so I'll start off with a real quick situation report:
: I'm an IT professional using Windows, so I do know my way around hardware, pc guts and Windows software. I have seen the light
and want to run Linux. But which one? And just how? On *nix, I'm a total newbie. (My roots are in Macintosh, so I'm sort of an OS agnostic.
: As far as I can tell from reviews, I should probably go for Debian because it has a good installer (apt) or Mandrake because it's great at self-configuring. Also, I have a RedHat 9 lying around at home.
* System layout
: My pc acts as the internet gateway (and DHCP server) for my home network, so it needs to be in an up-and-running state whenever I leave it (so the family can surf
). It's got a 10mbit eth PCI towards the DSL and a 4-port 10/100mbit eth PCI towards my home network. My WinXP installation handles ICS, and while I hope to do the same on Linux, my first priority is to make it work for *me alone* before I look into the ICS stuff.
: I've installed RedHat and fiddled about for some hours. I like KDE better than Gnome. I have no idea why my print jobs dissapear, where to get a driver for my sound card, or how to access *any* local drives --- but these are all problems for a later post.
* THE PROBLEM
: When I try to install Debian (from CD), it gets to the inital boot prompt (you know, "Press F1-F8 for various installation options"). So far so good, but when I continue I get to the Debian welcome-to-the-installation screen with an okay button --- and my keyboard doesn't work! Obviously, I can't continue from there --- the only way ahead seems to be a hard power off. (>_<)
I saw two lines of "AT keyboard not detected" (or something to that effect) during load, but it doesn't make sense since I *know* it works --- after all, the BIOS, DOS&Windows, and RedHat are all happy with it. The rest of my hardware is detected just fine (though RedHat correctly detects my onboard audio but won't activate it).
* More hardware
: My keyboard is a Logitech Cordless iTouch (one of the first no-fuss PS/2-connected versions), but I see the same problem with a plain vanilla "wired" keyboard.
My mouse is a Microsoft Intellimouse 3.0 (optical, wired, USB), but I wouldn't think that is relevant in this regard.
My motherboard is an Asus A7A266-E with the newest BIOS ("1012"), sporting an AMD 1400 Thunderbird with 256Mb PC133 SDRAM on the side.
The primary IDE has an 80gig WinXP disk and a secondary 20gig "Linux playground" disk, the secondary IDE has an LS120 floppy drive and an unnamed CD-ROM slave drive.
How the devil can I make Debian see my keyboard (or just *any* keyboard, for that matter)?
So ... everybody: Thank you very much for listening to my woes, and I do hope that you can help me. If there's one thing I know, it's that Linux users are a forthcoming lot. Let's hope it's true! ;-)
Extra points awarded for:
-- Actually reading this far --- thanks again!
-- Should I go with Debian or Mandrake?
-- Is there a way to have one (or two!) user accounts, but not require a password? Double points if you can get us to log on without typing
-- Is there a one-key equivalent to the "Windows" keyboard shortcut to bring up the "not-the-Start-but-you-know-what-I-mean" menu, or is there a way to set that up? (Half credit for a solution for "Ctrl+Esc".)
-- Is there a pinball game for Linux? My wife would be, um, more forgiving if she didn't have to wait for the reboot into Windows to play her Space Cadet Table