I have installed Mandrake 8.1, and everything starts up well on an HP Pavillion 9496 with Netgear FA311 net card. But I cannot enter a password at the login dialogue, as the keyboard is locked.
The Pavillion keyboard is a USB model, with mouse attached to the keyboard. The mouse DOES work normally.
With Mandrake 8.0, there were no problems with the keyboard or mouse.
Any ideas? Thanks everyone.