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Old 06-21-2005, 11:18 PM   #1
Registered: Jun 2005
Location: SD, USA
Distribution: Ubuntu, Gentoo, Fedora Core
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Linux W/ Mouse Support

I'm a nube to linux. Trying to break the bad windows habit.

I finally found the types I want.
I have an HP Pavillion ze4800 with 256Ram, and an intel Pentium M
I have 3 partitions
2 primary
1 swap

I have installed various linux operating systems on my laptop.
I decided I like Ubuntu, Icepack Linux, and College Linux.
I was installing them on our schools computers. My problem is that they won't install on my system.
I can install Ubuntu, but I want a dual boot with Icepack Linux and College Linux.

When I install the Icepack linux, it seems to work perfect while installing from the first cd. When it reboots and asks me to put in the root password and put in the 2nd cd to continue installing, I have NO mouse or keyboard support.

In College Linux, It seems to be installing fine, until it asks about my keyboard. It tells me to press 1 to change layout, or Enter to continue, but I can't type anything.

Keep in mind, I am new to linux, but experienced enough to prefer these two versions. I don't know how to change auto detect options and that when the boot thing comes up to install, and I'm not very fluent in the console.

I hope this is enough information to get help.
Thank you for ANY help in my problem.
Old 06-22-2005, 11:54 AM   #2
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Location: Northern Ontario, Canada
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I'm not familiar with any of those distros and I don't dual boot (only Slackware 10). However, when you first install, it should prompt you to select your keyboard and mouse type. When you press 1 or Enter, are you using the number pad at the right of your keyboard or the numbers above the letters on the keyboard? If the number pad, make sure your Num Lock is on--but it's best to use the other numbers and Enter key.

Other than that, I have no idea what could be causing it....sorry.
Old 11-18-2005, 12:40 AM   #3
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Location: Jackson MS Metro Area
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Try hooking up an extra ps/2 keyboard and a serial mouse if you have one, it doesnt like the built in ones, i tried red hat 9 on it and had same prob, the external devices worked, but i had more probs though i never got it installed on that machine b/c red hat 9 didnt have some necessary drivers or something will try fc4 eventually. if you could get past build with external devices at least you could then try to tweak it to work with interal ones


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