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    Keyboard stops accepting input during upgrade to Woody
    Contributed by zordroyd on Tuesday, October 02 @ 01:47:35 BST

    Ask Debianplanet
    I am having a problem with some fresh installs--during the configuration stage of the dist-upgrade from stable to testing the keyboard ceases to accept input. After reboot, the keyboard lights will flash and allow input (for entry into bios or lilo) but when login comes up, again no input.

    The problem occurred soon after answering to the pam modules query to replace the configuration or leave it alone to which I've answered both Y and N with like results. I have followed the same procedure that has been many times successful. It is with two seperate machines (a P and PIII) though whose only common denominator is motherboard branding (Intel) with which I am having trouble. Any ideas would be appreciated as I have had very little luck with my searches.

    DanielS:If you could toggle NumLock on and off after the PAM modules, and tell us the exact place where it stops, that'd be nifty. What sort of keyboard - USB? PS/2? AT?

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    Re: Keyboard stops accepting input during upgrade to Woody (Score: 1, Informative)
    by Anonymous on Tuesday, October 02 @ 02:18:53 BST

    I noticed a similar breakage with kernel-image-2.2.19-ide. See:

    Possible solution: edit gpm init script and inset a "sleep 5" at the top, or disable ECP parport-mode in your BIOS.

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    Re: Keyboard stops accepting input during upgrade to Woody (Score: 1)
    by Anonymous on Tuesday, October 02 @ 05:44:11 BST

    Sounds like GPM as others have mentioned (I have seen this problem, too). If it is a USB keyboard, it sounds like hotplug.

    The first step I would suggest is to unplug your keyboard and plug it back in again. Seems simple, but it seems to fix the problem in a lot of cases.

    What was the package that installed after PAM?


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    Re: Keyboard stops accepting input during upgrade to Woody (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Tuesday, October 02 @ 07:03:31 BST

    Sounds like a problem I had a while back. KDM would ask for logon but wouldn't let me type. Restarting the x-server from the menu (mouse worked ok) would fix. Eventually the problem went away. Keyboard was ps/2 (/dev/psaux).

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    Re: Keyboard stops accepting input during upgrade to Woody (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Tuesday, October 02 @ 10:19:26 BST

    I got the same problem in a computer with a serial mouse badly configured as ps/2 in gpm. gpm taked over the keyboard in this computer. When I booted without gpm and fixed gpm configuration, all was ok.



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    PS/2 Keyboard (Score: 1)
    by zordroyd on Tuesday, October 02 @ 16:11:59 BST
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    Thank you for all the ideas. In frustration yesterday I reinstalled stable, and am downloading the upgrade (arghh! ppp!) again right now. I will take better notice this time for any particulars especially gpm.



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