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Old 10-19-2004, 12:45 PM   #1
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Unhappy Redhat EL3 WS with USB KB/Mouse Installation Problems :(


I'm having problems installing Redhat EL3 WS on a Dell GX280.

The problem is that once I boot from the first CD and then choose my install type, my USB devices power off. This wouldn't be a problem if my PC had PS/2 ports... but it doesn't!

I've checked the knowledge base and it mentions BIOS settings concerning Legacy USB Keyboard support, but after a thorough search through the BIOS this is not an option available to me.

Has anyone else experience (and overcome) this problem before? Or can anyone offer me some advice regarding how to fix this?

Thanks In Advance

Old 01-10-2005, 04:17 PM   #2
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If you are still having issues, I think the keyboard problem is due to kudzu not being able to configure the keyboard because the
keyboard is not working when kudzu detects new hardware. If you add something like
console=tty0 console=ttyS0,9600n8
at the end of the kernel line in grub for your boot option, this will redirect console output to the serial line. Then if you connect another
system to the serial line and start up a terminal program (e.g. hyperterm in windows, kermit in linux) and set up to use that serial line,
you should the console messages on the terminal screen, and more importantly you can tell kudzu to configure the keyboard.

I've also noticed what may be some at least temporary amelioration of the issue if the keyboard unplugged and replugged in after
linux up, or another USB keyboard plugged in. Not positive, though.

Still working on getting the mouse to work.
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As for mouse, check \
/etc/X11/XF86config, and make sure mouse stanza set to Protocol PS/2 and
device /dev/input/mice
Old 07-21-2005, 01:19 PM   #4
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I am having this same problem with a Dell Optiplex GX280 and RH ES 3. Is there a solution other than piping the console output to another machine?

Lemme go see if I can track down a serial cable.

If there is another solution, please let me know.



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