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Old 12-26-2003, 11:41 AM   #1
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USB keyboard dies during installation


i have searched through the forums for this and have read all of what i have found, but cant seem to find a resolution. here is what happens:

i am trying to install slack 9.1 from cd's
i have a usb keyboard and mouse, bios is enabled for all usb options. both kb/ms work in the bios and i can choose options with it before anything boots. when the slack cd boots i get to the boot: prompt and both the kb and ms are powered up and are working (i can hit enter to boot the kernel). then as it boots (bare.i kernel) i get a bunch of usb errors and the kb and ms loose power and turn off, then i get to the keymap prompt and cant do anything. keyboard dead, mouse dead

i have read to use the usb.i kernel at the boot prompt but that does not exist on the cd. i have also been told to use the nousb parameter but that doesnt make sense since both devices are usb and i need them to work. i have also read that slack 9.0 did not have this problem and that people have installed that when having this problem with 9.1

i do have a ps2 keyboard and an adapter for the mouse to make it ps2 but what happens after i install with those and switch back to usb devices? is there in fact something wrong with the bare.i kernel in 9.1 that kills usb? i have installed 9.1 with ps2 devices but do have a usb printer that works fine. this is the first time i have tried to install with a usb kb and mouse.

all posts that i have found here seemed to have dropped off.

help!
 
Old 12-26-2003, 04:22 PM   #2
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last usb troubles i ran into with slack were solved using the jfs.s kernel, on the live disk. if no one has a simpler fix, you may want to try booting cd2 (if you have it) and see if you can get the keyboard working in that. then install from there...
 
Old 12-26-2003, 08:28 PM   #3
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i can run the install from disc 2? i'll try using the jfs.s kernel though too. i'll let you know what happens.

thanks
 
Old 12-26-2003, 09:13 PM   #4
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no joy. using the jfs.s kernel did not work, so i booted to disc 2. this is weird, why does the bare.i kernel on disc 2 work, but not on disc 1?

booting with disc 2 all the usb stuff loads and the keyboard works fine, but i cant run setup from disc 2 not can i change the disc's. if i do umount /dev/hdc it says the device is busy. cant install from disc 2 but the bare.i kernel on it alows my keyboard to work. if i boot bare.i kernel on disc 1 it doesnt???????

does anyone know why this is and how i can get around it without having to use a ps2 keyboard
 
Old 12-27-2003, 09:09 AM   #5
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Hey, did you say the power to your mouse turned off? I was messing around with some USB modules and the same thing happened, except I can't get the power to the USB ports restored. Have any pointers?
 
Old 12-27-2003, 10:22 AM   #6
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umm nope. im trying to get slackware installed

just to make myself clear, the bare.i kernel on disc 1 errors out on usb stuff and my keyboard and mouse quit working by the time i get to the keymap prompt. before that it works. i can get to the boot: prompt and enter parameters there, but after that the usb quits working.

now i can boot disc 2 with the same bare.i kernel and the usb stuff loads and works fine. i can log in as root and do all that. however i cannot run setup from disc 2 and i cannot swap out disc's

why would the bare.i kernel work on disc 2 but not on disc 1?
if i make boot floppies and use the same bare.i kernel, would the same thing happen? guess i can try it to find out. wish me luck.

i cant beleive i am the only one with this problem. i have seen other posts but they are a couple of months old

anyone out there got any pointers?

thanks
 
Old 12-27-2003, 02:03 PM   #7
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oh well, hooked up a ps/2 keyboard to do the install and then on the reboot unhooked it and the usb keyboard and mouse worked fine ( i had them both hooked up during the install and made sure the hotplug module got loaded).

i wonder if the slackware gods know about this.....


so slack 9.1 is back up and running. i think i wont change again any time soon. i really never had a reason to change, just tried mandrake 9.2 and had a bunch of issues and suse 9 pro has way too much overhead...its like they say...once you go slack, you never go back!
 
  


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