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misc/44681: USB Keyboard problems

>Number:         44681
>Category:       misc
>Synopsis:       USB Keyboard problems
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       low
>Responsible:    misc-bug-people
>State:          open
>Class:          sw-bug
>Submitter-Id:   net
>Arrival-Date:   Fri Mar 04 11:10:00 +0000 2011
>Originator:     Zbigniew
>Release:        3.1
NetBSD 3.1, kernel GENERIC
It seems, that USB-keyboard is improperly initialized at boot-up time. I'm 
using somewhat dated NetBSD release, on even more dated hardware (K6-2, mobo 
GA-586TX3), with the new USB-keyboard (OK 225 Virgo), having in BIOS setting 
"USB keyboard support" set to "enabled" (GRUB needs this). Problem description:

1. After the system finished booting, I noticed, that some keys of the keyboard 
are giving other characters, than the one of key labels (e.g. by pressing "o" 
one gets "e", "u" gives "o" and there are a few more such mistakes). This 
problem can be worked around quite easily: just by disconnecting the keyboard, 
and plugging it in again (of course, such operation spoils the settings of 
keyboard repeating rate, for example). Then the keyboard seems to be properly 
initialized, and all the keys are working properly (BTW: the keyboard is 
reported as "Tsunami USB Keyboard, rev. 1.10/2.90. addr 3, iclass 3/0").

2. Somewhat worse problem can occur, if there are any problems with finding the 
root partition during boot-up time. It's impossible to use USB-keyboard at that 
time (although AFAIK it has been initialized already?), and to type something 
like "wd0a" - to allow system to boot completely - one has to connect ordinary 
Not a problem; just connect USB-keyboard, and follow the description.

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