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Keyboard Problem

by gamingx / October 16, 2007 1:07 AM PDT

Hello everyone,
This is a first time for me on the CNET forums, though I have been a member on CNET for quite sometime. Let's get to the problem.
I am triple booting my system with Windows XP, Ubuntu 7.0.4 and Fedora 7.Yesterday I noticed that my keyboard no longer works during startup i.e when my system boots up, and I want to choose a different operating system from the grub (bootloader for the three operating systems)the keyboard does not respond. The default entry for the grub is Windows XP. So I have to wait for 9 secs (default) for Windows to boot up. But I am unable to select Ubuntu or Fedora, or for that matter I am unable to do anything with the keyboard during boot. I can't even enter the Bios setup. I thought this was a hardware problem and that probably my keyboard was malfunctioning. The keyboard was a USB Keyboard. But then I replaced it with a P/S 2 Keyboard, but no luck. So, I am left with nothing but XP. Anyone has answers to this?

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by samusgravity / October 17, 2007 6:07 AM PDT
In reply to: Keyboard Problem

The triple-boot may be causing the problem. If you are willing to remove one of the operating systems, your keyboard may begin to work again during boot. I have heard about various problems with triple booting, some with hardware failures, some with software failures. Only delete the OS if you are an experienced user.

NOTE: If you do choose to delete one of the OS, make sure to back up all of the files on the drive (pictures, documents)through window's "My Computer". One thing worse than losing an OS is losing memories!!!

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Why three?
by BrianZachary / October 17, 2007 8:21 AM PDT
In reply to: Keyboard Problem

Is there a reason you have three different operating systems? I'm just curious because Ubuntu and Fedora are both Linux based. You never said if the keyboard works after the operating system is loaded. I assume so since you typed your post, unless you used a different computer.

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by PKsteven / October 17, 2007 8:35 AM PDT
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stated, it's most likely a Linux combo. When I loaded PCLOS with Fedora, I began losing my keyboard until I booted into Windows. So perhaps it's a Fedora issue? I began having keyboard trouble with Ubuntu and Fedora too, so I only have Ubuntu now and have no issue. Of course the problem being, you don't have a keyboard. However, it may be your bios needs to be reset to without a keyboard?

I first suggest before removing OSs, take the side off the PC, or whatever you have, and remove CMOS battery for about 10 seconds to reset the bios and this may give you keyboard functions back.

Another option, boot from Ubuntu live CD and see if you get functions although if bios isn't set to boot from CD you may not be able to.

You can manually remove the partition in Windows but this will likely effect both linux distros as the config and menu.lst files are configured for both OSs.

I have a million ways to fix a grub but if you have no keyboard, this leaves you limited. I will do some more checking to see if removing the partitions is the LAST resort.


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Solved the problem
by gamingx / October 18, 2007 2:43 AM PDT
In reply to: Keyboard Problem

Thanks for the help guys, really helped me out.....I tried out comicfan's suggestion of removing the battery for sometime and then restarting. The keyboard works perfectly fine though. As for the question regarding why I am using two Linux distros is because I actually installed Ubuntu first, then my brother insisted that I install Fedora because he wants to run something called NCTUNS, which he says works only on Fedora. So I was left with no other option but to install Fedora. Thanks once again guys, I hope this problem does not occur again.....

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by PKsteven / October 20, 2007 10:34 AM PDT
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Just a note, many people run more than one Linux distro, not uncommon at all. I "had" Fedora and Ubuntu as well. Different distros can be used for different things, I used Fedora more for a "work" OS and let my wife have Ubuntu for all the fun stuff I guess you could say. Especially if you "just like" more than one particular distro, you can have both or more.



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