Re: linux won't boot without a keyboard

Matt (
20 Nov 1996 16:27:30 GMT

Hamish Neil Moffatt <> wrote:
: On a system here (Shuttle HOT-433, 486 PCI motherboard, with AMD 5x86-133
: fitted), Linux (2.0.25) won't boot without a keyboard attached.
: LILO loads, loads Linux; I get "Loading Linux ....."; then it waits
: forever, until a keyboard is plugged in. Once the keyboard
: is connected it resumes immediately. Keyboard is set to absent
: in the (AMI) BIOS; we'd prefer not to have a keyboard attached
: because this machine will be in a server environment off our premises.

I'll also pipe in a "me to" message here. I have a Biostar 486 PCI
motherboard with the AMD133 chip in it. And booting without the keyboard
used to work fine. Sometime in the 2.0.x upgrades it appears to have
stopped working. I also started getting a lot of keyboard errors
reported now. I use a keyboard/monitor switch on 4 boxes, and had
successfully tested a full power outage scenario before.

This is something in linux as opposed to the bios, as I get the same as
above, the kernel image is loaded. It fails to start spewing kernel
information until I plug the keyboard in. And it will sit and wait,
until a keyboard is plugged in. Was there some kernel change made in the
2.0.x series to update something in the keyboards perhaps?

 -Matt (  --  DataHaven Project -
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