Subject: Re: Keyboard difficulties
To: Jochen Kunz <>
From: Manuel Bouyer <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 12/05/2001 19:51:19
On Wed, Dec 05, 2001 at 09:49:19AM +0100, Jochen Kunz wrote:
> On 2001.12.04 11:57 Chuck McManis wrote:
> > And there is the small issue that since on "cheapo" motherboards the
> > 5v line isn't fused "hot plugging" a mouse or keyboard can be "quick
> > frying"  of your motherboard. 
> [...]
> > If you want to hot plug such things 
> > then perhaps the USB drivers would be more suitable.
> That is true when you need a real hot plugable keyboard. I encountered
> this problem too the hard way. I forgot to plug in the keyboard when I
> powered on a PeeCee that I had moved. I was not able to log in in any
> way so I had to reboot with the power switch. This is no acceptable
> solution. 
> NetBSD really should tolerate a "Uuups I forgot to plug in the keyboard"
> error. 

It's not completely clear that the hardware supports this. I've seen PCs where
it would be impossible to get the keyboard working for the BIOS if it wasn't
pluged at boot time (you know, the message "keyboard error, hit F1 to

Manuel Bouyer <>