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Old 07-17-2003, 03:22 PM   #1
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Keyboard lockup in SuSE 8.2

I recently installed SuSE 8.2 on a Gateway Solo 5300

For the most part the entire install went smoothly, but there is one hard-ware related issue that is really driving me nuts!

It seems that whenever there is any type of "hardware detection"? The keyboard locks up.

Literally, this will not occur at all during normal use, but if I need to re-configure any hardware device - the keyboard will lockup during the split second stage of "hardware detection". For some strange reason, it will also happen if I need to make changes to software.. so again, once yast loads the "install software" module - the keyboard is gone. The keyboard is locked up in -both- kde and the console mode... so I assume this is some type of irq conflict??

I use a USB mouse, so I noticed when I am sometimes able to get it to work again, if I create a new session using "Start New Session" under the main kde menu... Most of the time if I do this, the keyboard will start working again, so Im not sure if this is an issue that sometimes will fix when the X server resets...

I have seen other posts related to this, but they involve APM or a set amount of time... This -just- happens when there is some type of hardware detection. I can work for 15 hours straight without a hitch until I need to go and fetch some software, or change any settings to hardware.

My hardware attached to the laptop:

USB Logitech Mouse
USB CDMA modem for cell phone

Anyone know what I can try to prevent from happening?
Old 09-29-2003, 10:24 AM   #2
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Keyboard lockup

I have a similar problem. I have a Gateway 5300 with a Logitech USB Mouse and I have been unable to fully loaded Suse 8.0 or 8.2 because the keyboard always locks up. I have loaded and ran Red Hat, Mandrake and Debian with no problem. Suse has no answer for the problem. I bought 8.0 and registered it but the tech support, which sucks by the way, had no idea what to do. If you ever get an answer and a fix for this problem please post it here. I check back every now and then to see if anyone finds a fix.
Old 09-29-2003, 05:49 PM   #3
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Here's a thought, you might try to upgrade hotplug. Just looking at Suse download it uses hotplug-2002_08_26-22.i586.rpm

Good luck.
Old 10-01-2003, 12:51 AM   #4
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maybe you can help me too

hi, i have a solo5300 too, but i dont have the original cdrom drive, i have a floppy and a dvd/cdrom drive, i cant get it to boot from the cd and im sure i have the bios configured properly, i need to install an operating system.

if this makes any sense to you, and you can help me out that would be awesome!
also, one more thing, have you found a battery made by someone besides gateway?
Old 01-22-2004, 02:13 AM   #5
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Keyboard Lock

I have exactly the same problem on my IBM Thinkpad T23 using Suse 9.0
The problem usually occurs when configuring hardware using Yast.

Keyboard locks up completely. Any suggestions would be gratefully received!


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