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Old 03-03-2003, 10:46 AM   #1
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Unhappy usb keyboard and mouse on mandrake 9.0

I recently installed mandrake 9.0 (dual booting with winxp) installation was a breeze however when i booted it up and got into X my usb keyboard doesn't do a thing not even light up I also have a usb wheel mouse (5 button) that doesn't respond. They both functioned during installation. I tried reinstalling a couple of times but same thing either way. when i choose the option to automatically log in a user KDE starts great and is real pretty but i can't do anything without a functioning human interface device. can anyone help????

Old 03-03-2003, 12:26 PM   #2
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It might be because of using a usb hub. I've heard that this sort of thing happens with some usb devices in windows. Try unplugging one of the devices and try booting the machine and do the same for the other. If you have an un-powered hub it you could try getting your hands on a powered one instead. Hope this helps
Old 03-03-2003, 03:47 PM   #3
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Are they both on the same hub? Do you have more than one hub? If so, trying putting them in different hubs.

Also, try using text-mode (you'll need to reinstall, as I can't think of a way to get to text mode without using keyboard or mouse. Select 'minimum install')

If it does work under text-mode, it's a problem with X. If it doesn't work under text mode, then it could be a problem with hotplug, which starts up the USB devices when you boot.

Also, try other choices for the Mouse and Keyboard when you install. Make sure they are USB types that you select.
Old 03-03-2003, 09:00 PM   #4
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well james was right in a way. by rebooting with only one of the devices plugged in I get access to that device on startup of X. If I choose the keyboard as the device to leave plugged in I can then plug in the mouse at login time. both work then. it doesn't work the other way around though. (mouse first then keyboard)... but if I restart X or the computer when both are working I have to start over unplug the mouse and boot with just the keyboard. my computer does have some kind of usb hub built in but I haven't added one after purchase. another thing to mention is that the lights go out (and i assume this is when i lose control) on the keyboard during startup when the text "mounting USB file system" or something like that comes up it goes by pretty quickly.

I can use the system now but it's a real pain to have to unplug my mouse before turning on my computer.


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