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Old 09-13-2003, 11:33 AM   #1
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Unhappy HELP! Red Hat will not boot with a USB keyboard!!!

I am VERY new to the Linux world, about 3 or 4 weeks to be exact, but I have been able to figure a few things out. They are as follows

Both Red Hat 8 and 9 have this same problem, being that after install with a USB keyboard they will get to a line that reads something like

apm: BIOS version 2.0 Flags 0x03...

I don't remember the exact phrase this morning, but anyway it hangs right there. It does not matter whether I am using GRUB or LILO, and adding
"apm=off" (without the quotes obviously)
to the boot options doesn't help

If I hook up a ps/2 keyboard it works fine. Also, when I do this and Kudzu rund it removes a configuration for my EXACT keyboard, USB hub and all.

I found out on a web site dedicated to GRUB that it is a known problem for a system not to boot without a keyboard, but this seems to be going past grub without problem, it seems to be in the kernel. Please don't tell me I have to compile a new one... I just don't have time for that right now. (enrolled in 21 credit hours for this semester and this is the light one)

Also, just FYI, this is a Dual-boot system with Windows XP on a FAT 32 partition with linux being installed second.

ANY input is appreciated more than you will ever know.
Sincerely frustrated,

Mandrake 9.1 booted fine, but I didn't really like it, and Knoppix works like a charm, in case that may help.
Old 09-19-2003, 04:28 AM   #2
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I image no one answered this because, well. So what? So it wont boot with a USB keyboard, you said you have a ps/2 keyboard, so you can use the computer...

I'd say you have to look up a howto for loading the USB keyboard module into an initrd file so the system would boot up with USB keyboard support...

Or just go buy a USB/PS2 adapter plug. Should cost a whole 3$

Since most people can head down to a discount store, get mice for 1$, keyboards for 4$, and joypad joysticks for 2$, no one really bothers if the usb version doesnt work. heh
Old 09-19-2003, 06:43 AM   #3
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I seem to recall that "USB legacy support" option has to be turned on in the bios for mice and presumably keyboards to work correctly with certain distros.

Old 09-20-2003, 03:12 PM   #4
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Well, Caeda

I had already figured that answer out. I just thought I might try to get some REAL answers to my questions. Seeing as both Knoppix and Mandrake 9.1 will load the keyboard, I just thought someone might know how to load the same support for red hat. That's alright though, I just decided to compile my own kernel based on 2.4.22 and go from there, so problem is fixed thanks for nothing.
Old 09-25-2003, 02:41 AM   #5
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you can't plug a usb keyboard into a ps2 adapter, won't work.... Those adapters are for usb mice and even they sometimes don't work right.


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