View Full Version : Bootloader not seeing my keyboard
4th October 2005, 09:53 AM
So I just installed fedora on my computer with the intent of being able to dual boot to it or windows xp, and it looks like everything went fine; I got past the hanging install by typing some garbage first, and the install was still a bit buggy (it would still hang every once in a while during setup, but I eventually got it to get me to the install page, and that all worked well). Anyway, I think that all worked out, and at startup I see a prompt to press any key (where's the any key?) to go to options or whatever, or it will boot to XP in 3 seconds... Well, I've mashed the keyboard a few times, but I can't stop it from booting to windows! I've got a wireless USB keyboard... Does that matter? Does it have to be PS/2? Or at least wired? It seemed to work for the install... I'd like to be able to use this keyboard if I can, but it may be tough if I can't select my OS with it! If it's not the keyboard, what could it be? I'll try a wired keyboard tomorrow, but until then, any advice you guys have is appreciated! Thanks,
4th October 2005, 10:10 AM
Tried it again, still didn't work. I did verify that the BIOS sees the keyboard just fine however, since pressing DEL to enter setup when the BIOS prompts to do so works just fine, and I can navigate in the BIOS setup with it. If they BIOS sees the keyboard, everything should, right? I noticed that when I run the install DVD for fedora (this is FC4 by the way), and I get that first prompt, nothing I type shows up, and it takes a long time after I press enter before it goes on... making me wonder if it even saw the keyboard, or if it just timed out... But then, when it asked me to check the disk, the keyboard worked... So yeah, uh, I'm confused. Thanks.
4th October 2005, 10:17 AM
i got this from the kernel-parameters documentation:
usb-handoff [HW] Enable early USB BIOS -> OS handoff
so see if you can add in some way this kernel parameter: usb-handoff
4th October 2005, 10:32 AM
Hmmm... It looks like it completely ignored the keyboard at the first prompt from the boot CD, so I may not be able to access the kernel... I may have to grab an old PS/2 Keyboard from somewhere... I guess I should just go to bed and deal with it in the morning! But hopefully once I get it to respond, I can use that USB kernel parameter to set it up for the normal keyboard... Thanks!
28th October 2005, 05:11 PM
Talk about a timely posting. I have a KVM switch with built in usb which has allowed me to share all my USB stuff between my Windows XP Work Laptop and my Dual boot FC4 dekstop. Until last night I had been using a PS/2 keyboard (plugged into one of those PS2 to usb adapters). So last night I hooked up my recently purchased USB
keyboard. I experience the same issue that Facegarden did. Grub doesn't see the keyboard (which is not such a big deal). However occasionally I do need to boot into Windows XP and like facegarden I don't want to have to keep my PS2 keyboard around.
I'm at work now (so I can't see anything in FC4). Could you be more specific as to where the kernel params documentation is and where you make the change?
13th November 2005, 12:01 PM
I'm also having this problem whith a new Logitech wireless USB keyboard. A friend of mine also runs dualboot whith a Logitech keyboard and it works like a charm. I decided to buy an exactly identical MSI motherboard as he owns to overcome the problem, but it still doesn't work.
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