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USB keyboard not recognised at boot

by jbjerome / June 18, 2005 1:53 PM PDT

So I am at a loss as to what to do as I do not want to switch back to the PS/2. I have the Microsoft Wireless Desktop with the MS comfort keyboard and Optical Mouse connected via USB. I have a dual boot with XP and Fedora Core 4 and when the boot loader/GRUB pops up the keyboard does not respond so that I can boot inbo Linux. I first noticed this on the install of FC4 when at the initial prompt on whether to use the graphical or text interface to install the keyboard did not respond, but luckily it defaulted into the graphical interface. However, right now I can not boot into Linux. How do I get around this? I have already moved the receiver around to different USB ports on my Dell 8100 with a P4 2.6 powerleap upgrade. Please help!

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Go back to basics
by Willy / June 18, 2005 8:55 PM PDT

Did it ever work with Linix? You need legacy devices just to get things going in Linix, otherwise, you maybe attacking several problems and not know it, dealing with one. Return to PS/2 to see if everything settles down and then start the USB kybd. problem. If that's the problem alone then find a driver to attach it. Remember USB isn't activate until seen later system wise, thus all has to be OK before hand. On top of this you have a wireless setup, make sure that is also Linix capable with a driver. These are my best guesses, but divide and conquer to resolve problems.

tada -----Willy

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back to basics but...
by jbjerome / June 19, 2005 7:11 AM PDT
In reply to: Go back to basics

It is a USB wireless adapter that then connects via Bluetooth to the mouse and keyboard.. It works OK on initial boot, say if I want to access the BIOS to change say the boot device. However, right after that initial BIOS check at the point where a boot loader pops up (or the XP boot menu) at this point the keyboard does not respond. So if I want to change from the default options then I am stuck. So GRUB has XP configured to start on default, but let's say I want to boot into Linux then I can't (unless I probably use a boot disk). But then what's the point in having a boot loader, then?

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