Package: debian-installer
Version: 40r2
Followup-For: Bug #411552


There are many (older) PC BIOSes that do support USB keyboard but only
in BIOS, not once an OS (like syslinux) is booted. Of course, Linux can
use the keyboard with appropriate drivers but syslinux cannot.

This applies to recent Apple hardware as well. The PC BIOS emulation is
quite flaky and the USB keyboard usually fails. It is said it can be
restored with unplugging and replugging the keyboard, at least
sometimes.

There are workarounds for both cases. You can use the PS2 port if you
have such keyboard around and nothing else is faulty.
With Apple hardware Linux could supposedly boot natively using the efi
thingy (although that might cause problems with graphics and stuff
because most hardware is unitialized or initialized in a different way
then).

Thanks

Michal


-- System Information:
Debian Release: lenny/sid
APT prefers testing
APT policy: (990, 'testing'), (500, 'unstable'), (1, 'experimental')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.23.3-src (SMP w/1 CPU core)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash



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