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  1. Boot issues

    Just installed Ubuntu 7.04. When booting the computer, GRUB doesn't
    respond to keyboard input, forcing a boot to Ubuntu. I'm using a Microsoft
    Wireless Keyboard and Mouse and I'd like to continue using their features
    (font enlarging, Favorites on the keyboard, button functions on the mouse).

    But especially, I need to get into XP from time to time. Failing any
    solution, I'm afraid Ubuntu is going to have to go. And, apparently, it
    won't be easy to remove.

    Any help appreciated.

    Bob

  2. Re: Boot issues

    > Just installed Ubuntu 7.04. When booting the computer, GRUB doesn't
    > respond to keyboard input, forcing a boot to Ubuntu. I'm using a
    > Microsoft Wireless Keyboard and Mouse and I'd like to continue using
    > their features (font enlarging, Favorites on the keyboard, button
    > functions on the mouse).


    It sounds like your wireless keyboard is the issue. Grub may not support
    that yet. The best you could hope for is to configure grub to boot XP by
    default. From XP you can overwrite the disks MBR and therefor erase grub
    and whatever limited access you have to your linux distrobution. But
    there's only two ways to make that change, plug in a non-wireless
    keyboard, or boot a livecd with wireless keyboard support.

    http://www.gnu.org/manual/

    http://www.gnu.org/software/grub/manual/grub.html


  3. Re: Boot issues

    Shadow_7 staggered into the Black Sun and said:
    >> Just installed Ubuntu 7.04. When booting the computer, GRUB doesn't
    >> respond to keyboard input

    > It sounds like your wireless keyboard is the issue. Grub may not
    > support that yet.


    ? GRUB uses BIOS functions to read keyboard input, for obvious reasons.
    If the BIOS doesn't respond to your wireless keyboard, you have
    Problems. So, using a real keyboard, go into your BIOS Setup and see
    what options there are for USB keyboard support. Many modern BIOSes can
    convert HID/HIDBP packets to PS/2 scancodes if you turn the right
    options on. I couldn't tell you what that option might be called in
    your particular BIOS Setup--every one is different, and they are often
    translated from Mandarin to English by someone who only speaks Tagalog.

    >> Microsoft Wireless Keyboard and Mouse and I'd like to continue using
    >> their features (font enlarging, Favorites on the keyboard, button
    >> functions on the mouse).


    xbindkeys or its frontend gtk-xbindkeys. Opening the Firefox Bookmarks
    menu when there's no Firefox instance running may take a little screwing
    around (launch Firefox, wait for it to show up, send Alt-B). If there's
    an instance running, it's easier, use wmctrl to activate the window and
    xmacroplay to send the Alt-B.

    > there's only two ways to make that change, plug in a non-wireless
    > keyboard, or boot a livecd with wireless keyboard support.


    I'd suggest the first as you'd probably need it to fix the BIOS options.

    --
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    It's part of my anger management therapy.
    --Patrik_Aka_RedX
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  4. Re: Boot issues

    On Tue, 12 Jun 2007 04:32:21 +0000, Bob Landry wrote:

    > Just installed Ubuntu 7.04. When booting the computer, GRUB doesn't
    > respond to keyboard input, forcing a boot to Ubuntu. I'm using a
    > Microsoft Wireless Keyboard and Mouse and I'd like to continue using
    > their features (font enlarging, Favorites on the keyboard, button
    > functions on the mouse).
    >
    > But especially, I need to get into XP from time to time. Failing any
    > solution, I'm afraid Ubuntu is going to have to go. And, apparently, it
    > won't be easy to remove.


    Nonsense. Just boot into Rescue Mode with your XP Install CD. In the
    terminal window type fixmbr. That will overwrite Ubuntu's GRUB
    bootloader with the Windows' one. XP should boot up. Then just use
    Windows to delete or format or whatever where you installed Ubuntu.

    However, don't give up, yet. Your keyboard problem is due to the fact
    that's it's wireless and has been enable during POST. Check your BIOS to
    see if it can be enabled there. It probably can't, but it doesn't hurt
    to check.

    Stef

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