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Old 04-09-2008, 07:43 PM   #1
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USB wireless keyboard/mouse access with Solaris


Hi, have just installed Solaris Express Dev. Ed. which
installed smoothly and looks good, but I
find that it does not reconise my keyboard/mouse when plugged into a USB port. I have to reconnect via the PS/2 ports, before rebooting, but its very
awkward to have to reach around the case to re-connect 'just to run Solaris'. ( The other O/S normally use the USB port)

Is there any update/patch/driver that sorts out this problem ?
 
Old 04-10-2008, 09:19 AM   #2
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I'm curious to know what OS doesn't support the PS/2 port and requires you to switch to USB!
 
Old 04-10-2008, 09:30 AM   #3
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I plugged tons of USB keyboards and never had any problem, it sounds pretty strange.

EDITED: This http://www.sun.com/io_technologies/usb/USB-Faq.html FAQ says:

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Can I use non SUN keyboards/mice ?

Yes, many (such as Logitech etc.) are known to work but some others have issues. Check http://www.sun.com/io for list of known working third party keyboards/mice. Some of the latest Logitech keyboard and mice have been tested under the latest release of Solaris. We recommend you use latest Solaris Express releases if you want to use these Logitech devices.
Many is not all, by the way...

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Old 04-11-2008, 12:28 AM   #4
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I'm curious to know what OS doesn't support the PS/2 port and requires you to switch to USB!
I'vd had some problems with OpenBSD 4.2 in this regard, I was using 3.9 with PS/2 plugs (same kyb/mouse) and discovered 4.2 would not work, also under DesktopBSD, but fortuantely a DesktopBSD forum suggested trying USB port only instead for both kyb & mouse -- worked OK.

( It'd been plugged into PS/2 for so long I'd forgotten the PS/2 connectin was actually a conversion plug :-) )
 
Old 04-11-2008, 12:35 AM   #5
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"I plugged tons of USB keyboards and never had any problem, it sounds pretty strange."

I wonder if its the fact that its a MICROSOFT device ???. I followed your excellent leads to various device lists and note that NO Microsoft devices are listed.
Thats pretty 'petty' of Sun if that's the case , like MS or not - they do make rather nice keyboard/mouse devices in my opinion.

I'll have to try a Logitech unit instead. ( Which are also pretty good).

Thank you for your useful information.
 
Old 04-11-2008, 07:37 AM   #6
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"I plugged tons of USB keyboards and never had any problem, it sounds pretty strange."

I wonder if its the fact that its a MICROSOFT device ???. I followed your excellent leads to various device lists and note that NO Microsoft devices are listed.
Thats pretty 'petty' of Sun if that's the case , like MS or not - they do make rather nice keyboard/mouse devices in my opinion.
Well, I've also never had a USB keyboard/mouse fail to be recognized on Solaris. I'm typing this on a Microsoft keyboard, attached to a Sun system running Solaris right now!
 
Old 04-11-2008, 11:14 AM   #7
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Well, I have a "no name" USB keyboard which fails to work if plugged in when the PC is booted. Un-plugging/Re-plugging it in allows it to work properly. I didn't investigate further. I suspect the BIOS/keyboard dialog put it a state that Solaris doesn't like. Perhaps legacy USB keyboard/mouse support in the BIOS can change this behavior.
 
Old 04-12-2008, 07:50 PM   #8
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Well, I've also never had a USB keyboard/mouse fail to be recognized on Solaris. I'm typing this on a Microsoft keyboard, attached to a Sun system running Solaris right now!

Which one are you using ?

I've tried the plug/unplug power on/off techniques
without success with my Microsoft Wireless Multimedia Keyboard/mouse ver 1.0A.

It has been suggested that 'some' os/s & hardware dont take enough time during startup to ensure that USB ports are really awake, so some ports are just missed.
 
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Now that I think about it, there are known issues with some versions of the Ultra 20 BIOS that cause older Sun USB keyboards (type 6) to have to be unplugged/replugged during boot. Causes a boot failure though, not just a keyboard problem. Since the Ultra 20 is based off some standard BIOS (can't remember which one and the machine is not located here right now), the problem could be in other machines too.

As far as the Microsoft keyboard, the one I'm using now is the Natural Keyboard Pro. I've used other versions of the MS ergo keyboards before with no problems, both on x86 and SPARC Solaris installations.
 
  


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