Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 253651
Keyboard inoperative at boot options on Dell E520
Last modified: 2013-01-09 23:24:06 EST
Description of problem:
The LiveCD does not enable (USB) keyboard on Dell Dimension E520
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Always on boot.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Boot LiveCD
Prompt for boot option displayed, but keyboard is inoperative.
Keyboard should work.
Once the timeouts expire, the boot process continues and after loading, keyboard
is enabled and install proceeds without other problems.
Please let me know what other information I can provide about this system and
There's a BIOS bug with some Dell boxes -- I'm not sure if this is one of them;
but definitely worth looking for a BIOS update.
That did it.
I updated to version 2.4.0 from the Dell Web site and now the keyboard is
recognized at the boot option prompt.
(I note that grub has always managed to enable the keyboard before loading a
kernel. Perhaps there's something the LiveCD can do to work around the problem.)
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It was fixed by upgrading the BIOS to 2.4.0.