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Re: install/48557: 6.1.3 installed just perfect. When I rebooted, the kbd didn't work, could not log in.
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From: John Watts <john.watts%shaw.ca@localhost>
Subject: Re: install/48557: 6.1.3 installed just perfect. When I rebooted,
the kbd didn't work, could not log in.
Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2014 16:05:55 -0700
On Tue, 28 Jan 2014 21:05:00 +0000 (UTC)
Martin Husemann <martin%duskware.de@localhost> wrote:
> The following reply was made to PR install/48557; it has been noted
> by GNATS.
> From: Martin Husemann <martin%duskware.de@localhost>
> To: gnats-bugs%NetBSD.org@localhost
> Cc: install-manager%netbsd.org@localhost, gnats-admin%netbsd.org@localhost,
> Subject: Re: install/48557: 6.1.3 installed just perfect. When I
> rebooted, the kbd didn't work, could not log in. Date: Tue, 28 Jan
> 2014 22:00:03 +0100
> Is your keyboard connected via USB?
> If so, can you try unplugging it (as early as possible) and replug it
> once the kernel has shown some usb related messages (ehci/uhci/ohci
> or similar)?
Yes, I use a USB keyboard.
I tried this procedure about 6 times without success. The first few
times there was a message in the "neighbourhood" of the network
configuration step which said "uhub2 device problem, disabling port 4.
Then the start up sequence continued to login, which failed (no kbd
The last few times I didn't see that message, but there was a new
sequence of lines referring to filesystem check procedures - I have
been recovering by just pushing the start button and holding it in for
a few seconds.
I tried a new keyboard that I just bought for another machine. It is a
"dasKeyboard" with the older type keyswitches. It worked perfectly, I
just plugged it in and NetBSD booted and allowed login and everything
worked perfectly. This (expensive) keyboard is a slightly strange
beast, it is usb, but the cable from the keyboard has *two* usb
connectors on the end. You plug them both in and the keyboard works,
plus there are two functioning USB sockets on the right hand edge of
the keyboard itself. I like. You get a working keyboard and you get
your usb slots back too, in a more convenient spot. I can now attach
my wireless mouse radio gadget, right close to the mouse but not in the
way at all. If you want to google (I am not selling the keyboards, just
Das Keyboard Professional Keyboard with Quiet Keys (DASK3MKPRORED)
* End goodnews*
I have still another keyboard, quite similar to the first keyboard I
tried (this one is a Lenovo "ibm" style keyboard). It didn't work
either. I have a little USB/PS2 adapter. I put it on the end of the
usb cable of the lenovo and plugged it into the little ps2 connection.
gigabyte had marked the ps2 plug with both a keyboard symbol and a
mouse symbol so if it had been a true ps2 cable it should have
worked. It didn't work in this case though.
Final result is that NetBSD likes dasKeyboard usb keyboards and *does
not like* ibm or lenovo usb keyboards. Meanwhile, the daskeyboard, the
ibm and the lenovo keyboards (all usb connection type) all work on
windows, linux (debian) but others too, and Openbsd and freebsd too. I
think I have had the IBM one for at least 20 years. I have gone
through a few of the lenovo ones (3?) but they have been OK. I bought
the das Keyboard one because I thought it might be the reincarnation of
the old IBM keyboards from back then. (Pretty good, but I don't think
I have no idea what that all adds up to. I am now able to investigate
NetBSD though, that's the good news for me.
If you have any other questions about my experience here, please send
email, I would be happy to assist if I can.
Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada
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