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port-i386/40030: USB Keyboard not recognized, intermittently works

>Number:         40030
>Category:       port-i386
>Synopsis:       USB Keyboard not recognized, intermittently works
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       serious
>Priority:       medium
>Responsible:    port-i386-maintainer
>State:          open
>Class:          sw-bug
>Submitter-Id:   net
>Arrival-Date:   Wed Nov 26 05:35:00 +0000 2008
>Originator:     Jeff Wheeler
>Release:        4.0.1
NetBSD Ulysses.home 4.0.1 NetBSD 4.0.1 (GENERIC) #0: Tue Oct 7 22:58:48 PDT 
I am using Apple's latest wired keyboard [1], which is a generic USB 2.0, on an 
old Dell desktop with very vanilla components.

Regardless of the USB port used, the keyboard is only occasionally recognized 
as such, and the machine needs to be rebooted several times before it 
recognizes the keyboard and handles it properly.

Most of the time, the keyboard is ignored, and I get to the login prompt and am 
unable to do anything. The times when it works successfully, I can login fine 
and the keyboard continues to work correctly while the machine is still on.

I'm not sure what other information may be helpful (I'm a NetBSD beginner), so 
please let me know if I can be of more help.

I'm fairly certain this is not a hardware issue. The USB ports and the keyboard 
function consistently correctly on an Ubuntu live cd and other Linux distros.

With an old Dell Dimension 2400 (or likely any fiveish-year-old Dell), connect 
an Apple wired keyboard to either the front or the back USB ports and reboot 
several times. Only 1 of about four times will the keyboard be recognized.

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