I am VERY new to the Linux world, about 3 or 4 weeks to be exact, but I have been able to figure a few things out. They are as follows
Both Red Hat 8 and 9 have this same problem, being that after install with a USB keyboard they will get to a line that reads something like
apm: BIOS version 2.0 Flags 0x03...
I don't remember the exact phrase this morning, but anyway it hangs right there. It does not matter whether I am using GRUB or LILO, and adding
"apm=off" (without the quotes obviously)
to the boot options doesn't help
If I hook up a ps/2 keyboard it works fine. Also, when I do this and Kudzu rund it removes a configuration for my EXACT keyboard, USB hub and all.
I found out on a web site dedicated to GRUB that it is a known problem for a system not to boot without a keyboard, but this seems to be going past grub without problem, it seems to be in the kernel. Please don't tell me I have to compile a new one... I just don't have time for that right now. (enrolled in 21 credit hours for this semester and this is the light one)
Also, just FYI, this is a Dual-boot system with Windows XP on a FAT 32 partition with linux being installed second.
ANY input is appreciated more than you will ever know.
Mandrake 9.1 booted fine, but I didn't really like it, and Knoppix works like a charm, in case that may help.