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Old 06-01-2011, 05:24 AM   #1
jamesubuntufan
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Thumbs down keyboard will not control bios options


Hi there,

I have two problems here and they need to solved one at a time. The first is, as i was upgrading to the latest distro of ubuntu 11.04, i decided to leave it installing over night. The next morning it is completely locked up and i can't move the mouse or type anything.

I reboot, and i am given the options between normal boot, recovery mode, previous versions etc etc.

The keyboard input method does not work. My motherboard does not have that oldfasioned connection that always works with bios, only usb, so i can't control the bios or any of the startup process because i can only use a USB keyboard with this pc.

The operating system won't boot because it wants me to choose an option on the screen, and unlike windows, it will not count down from 20seconds before automatically selecting the first option.

Any ideas? Try to ignore the fact that it crashed on me while upgrading, lets solve the bios control problem first
 
Old 06-01-2011, 08:39 PM   #2
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The first idea that comes to mind is a Live CD or USB drive. If your bios is already configured for one of the two to boot before your hard drive, you should be able to attempt reinstalling Ubuntu, back up data, etc.

If your hard drive is set as first boot priority however, you should start calling around to find a PS/2 keyboard lying around in a friend's attic or at a pawn shop. There's no way that I'm aware of to "fix" the usb keyboard incompatibility with your bios. Flashing your bios is a possibility, I suppose, but you'd have to contact the motherboard's manufacturer and see if it's even possible with your model.
 
Old 06-02-2011, 04:52 AM   #3
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Thankyou for your advice. There are no PS/2 ports on the motherboard, so what i will have to try is to either reinstall the operating system, or see if the live CD allows me to enter ubuntu and subsequence usb keyboard drivers!

Thankyou again!
J
 
Old 06-02-2011, 04:58 AM   #4
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Thankyou for your advice. There are no PS/2 ports on the motherboard, so what i will have to try is to either reinstall the operating system, or see if the live CD allows me to enter ubuntu and subsequence usb keyboard drivers!
USB keyboards should get you into BIOS. I havent had any problems with BIOS and USB keyboards, even on systems that do have PS/2 ports.

With a motherboard with no PS/2 ports the USB keybaord should work every time. Maybe you are hitting the wrong key to enter the BIOS?
 
Old 06-02-2011, 05:41 AM   #5
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I have same problems when i change my keyboard and mouse then i solve this problem if you have usb keyboard then you update keyboard driver i sure your problems will be solve.
 
Old 06-03-2011, 08:49 AM   #6
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Reseting the bios works. Unfortunatly my ubuntu live CD does not contain any software to fix the cribled operating system so i'm going to have to start again. Ubuntu contains keyboard drivers once the live cd is loaded, but while you are still in the bios it is next to useless.
 
  


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