Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 165942
USB keyboard does not work in emergency mode on Dell GX280
Last modified: 2012-06-20 09:32:29 EDT
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Description of problem:
When booting the system in emergency mode on Dell GX280 machines, the keyboard will not work since USB drivers are not included in the initrd.
Note that the GX280 (and similar models) does not include any PS/2 emulation, so the system must rely exclusively on USB modules for keyboard access.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Pass the 'emergency' argument when booting the kernel and try to use the keyboard afterward
Actual Results: At the sulogin prompt, pressing some keys on the USB keyboard will not work
Expected Results: Keys pressed on the keyboard should show up on the screen.
Modified the initrd with something like:
mkinitrd -f --preload="ehci-hcd uhci-hcd" /boot/initrd-2.6.9-5.EL.img 2.6.9-5.EL mkinitrd -f --preload="ehci-hcd uhci-hcd" /boot/initrd-2.6.9-5.ELsmp.img 2.6.9-5.ELsmp
This indeed solved the problem. So one solution would be to include USB drivers in all initrd, or at least detect the presence of a USB-only keyboard at install time, and modify the initrd correspondingly.
I don't see how I can be of assistance here. Maybe Peter has ideas.
Peter, please have a look at this. I would like have this resolved: either
fixed of closed as WONTFIX.
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