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Old 12-31-2003, 01:10 PM   #1
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Slack 9.1 1st-time boot Problems -> USB KEYBOARD

Hey all
I need some serious help
I've got slack 9.1 installed
I boot from the cd, install it, all perfectly normal (I got usb keyboard + usb mouse).
When I'm done configuring it, and the pc reboots for the first time after the slack instalation, I set lilo to use 'linux' and it boots the slackware.. when it gets to the root login screen, keyboard is frozen and I can't type anything.. I also heard 'somewhere' that some guy kept hitting some keyboard keys while the kernel booted so the kernel would 'detected' the usb keyboard.. well I tried that lame shit and the kernel froze (hang) during usb.c or whatever..

I got BIOS option set 'usb keyboard under dos' meaning the bios will detect and start the usb keyboard so that's why I can get LILO to choose 'linux' or 'windows' option.. and the funny thing is, I was able to install the slackware just fine, booting from the CD, and when I try to login into it for the first time after installation, it hangs.. either the kernel or the keyboard won't work (froze)..
the keyboard WILL work halfway thru the kernel loading process, I 'got' that from hitting caps lock a few times during kernel loading..

Please help, I'm desperate and found nothing that could solve my problem thanks.
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Old 12-31-2003, 03:41 PM   #3
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Originally posted by revz
The only thing I can think of is your kernel config. You will need to make sure the proper USB support is included...some can be modules, some things work best if compiled into the kernel (like HID).

1) If you have a ps/2 keyboard lying around it would help until you get it worked out.

2) If the keyboard worked during the install, you can boot from the cd and mount your Linux partition and compile the kernel from there.

Another option would be to...
bare.i root=/dev/hdxx noinitrd ro
at the boot: prompt when booting from the CD.

Once the kernel is properly configured, then you'll need to make sure the proper modules are loading at boot.


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