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ps/2 Keyboard won't work if booting off usb flash drive
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RickGT351

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PostPosted: Thu 13 Sep 2012, 08:30    Post subject:  ps/2 Keyboard won't work if booting off usb flash drive
Subject description: puppy 5.25 Keyboard works fine if booting off cd
 

But there's nobody home if I boot off the flashdrive. I have had this issue with other puppy distros as well.
Once puppy's desktop is up, my keyboard is totally not working. So I can't change the name on the welcome screen. I have tried using the mouse/keyboard wizard and it recognises the keyboard as a 102 button Intl US but the keyboard still doesn't work Question

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Flash
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PostPosted: Thu 13 Sep 2012, 23:54    Post subject:  

Is it a USB keyboard or a PS/2? Does the computer respond to keyboard commands before Puppy boots? For instance, can you get into the BIOS? Can you enter anything at the Puppy CD boot prompt?
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Karl Godt


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PostPosted: Fri 14 Sep 2012, 00:37    Post subject:  

That the default us-102 entry is shown does not mean the keyboard is recognized .

Seems there is only one USB port working on your board or do you have a serial or ps2 keyboard ?

Do you boot fresh or have you already created a save-file.3fs ?
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RickGT351

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PostPosted: Fri 14 Sep 2012, 01:10    Post subject: Keyboard won't work if booting off usb flash drive  

The keyboard is ps/2. I can use the keyboard ok before puppy boots.
I have just tried making a boot flash drive with Lupu 5.28 and the keyboard didn't work with that either.
The keyboard works ok if I either boot straight off the cd or or boot off the cd and use a 2fs or 3fs file off a hard drive. The issue only occurs if I boot off the flash drive.
I created a 2fs file at the end of the session where I created the boot flash drive.
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PostPosted: Fri 14 Sep 2012, 08:25    Post subject:  

My WAG (Wild-Ass Guess) is that Puppy thinks the keyboard is a USB keyboard. I'm guessing the mouse works. Is it also a PS/2? Do you have a different brand of keyboard you could try? I think a USB keyboard will work even if you plug it in after Puppy is booted up.
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Karl Godt


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PostPosted: Fri 14 Sep 2012, 08:40    Post subject:  

Then I would check the save-file by clicking on it .
Check for /etc/X11/xorg.conf in there and if the
Code:
Section "InputDevice"
   Identifier  "Keyboard0"
   Driver      "kbd"
   Option      "XkbRules" "xorg"
   Option      "XkbModel" "pc102"
   Option      "XkbLayout" "us" #xkeymap0
EndSection

is in that file .

Another thing would be trying to boot with " pfix=nox " parameter into the prompt and to check if the keyboard at least works there .
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RickGT351

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PostPosted: Fri 14 Sep 2012, 17:06    Post subject:  

Quote:
Then I would check the save-file by clicking on it .
Check for /etc/X11/xorg.conf in there and if the
Code:
Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Keyboard0"
Driver "kbd"
Option "XkbRules" "xorg"
Option "XkbModel" "pc102"
Option "XkbLayout" "us" #xkeymap0
EndSection

is in that file .

Another thing would be trying to boot with " pfix=nox " parameter into the prompt and to check if the keyboard at least works there


I checked /etc/X11/xorg.conf. The keyboard section in the file on the flash drive is the same as in a file from a fresh load straight off the cd. I tried the "pfix=nox" thing and the keyboard didn't work after the files had loaded. Question
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PostPosted: Sat 15 Sep 2012, 14:10    Post subject:  

How exactly are you putting Puppy on the USB flash drive?
Be detailed.
What program you use to do install?

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PostPosted: Wed 19 Sep 2012, 03:12    Post subject: ps/2 Keyboard won't work if booting off usb flash drive  

Hi RickGT351,

This is an interesting problem. Did you manage to solve it? If you did, please post your solution so that the Puppy Community may benefit.

If you are still having this issue, please advise and provide an update on what steps you have taken with troubleshooting. I have a theory as to what might be going on, but I will wait to hear from you first as it has been a few days since the last post...

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