keyboard dies at login screen
jonesy at CS.Princeton.EDU
Sat Jan 11 12:08:01 CST 2003
This is kinda kooky. Wondering if anyone's seen this issue.
I have 3 PE2650's, all configured exactly the same from both a hardware
and software standpoint. They're all running from the same Redhat 7.3
kickstart template, and when I configured the kernels, I did one, saved
the config to a file, and used the file for the other kernels. They're
all running 2.4.20, by the way.
So two of the boxes come up spectacularly. Yay me. The third one
*looks* like everything is going fine... the lights on the keyboard
flash, and the keyboard is usable at the Grub boot screen (ie, I can
select which kernel I wanna boot, etc). It's also usable during the
service startup (ie, during eth0 initialization, which always takes a
few seconds, I can hit enter and stuff and see results). However, as
soon as the login prompt is displayed, the keyboard becomes unusable!
So I figured I'd run delldiag on the sucker, but the problem is, while
I can get around in the early stages of loading modules in delldiag and
all (ie, I can hit 'ok' when I load a new floppy), once I get to the
menu where I'm supposed to tell delldiag what to do, I can't use the
keyboard again!! ACK!
I've tried all the usual troubleshooting stuff; using known good
keyboards, plugging in the keyboard directly instead of going via the
KVM switch, etc. Trying a couple of different brand keyboards (one was
a Dell) :-), making sure everything was connected properly, using both
'Off' and 'On' settings in the BIOS for 'numlock', etc. I can't think
of what else I can do. Redhat's logs contain nothing about the
keyboard, and dmesg and everything else looks normal AFAIK.
Any clues here?
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