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Bug#612250: release-notes: Loss of keyboard and mouse may occur during upgrade

Package: release-notes
Severity: normal
Tags: patch


During upgrade the text console was lost and replaced with a gdm login
screen.  The second time this occurred neither the keyboard or mouse
would respond.  Unplugging and replugging each of these USB devices
resovled the problem.

The attached patch tells the user how to recover.  USB is repeated
twice because, technically, PS2 keyboards should not be hotplugged
and, although I have not tested this, I do not believe that doing
so would change anything.


Video drivers:
Lenny: nv
Squeeze: nouveau

Video card is:

01:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: nVidia Corporation NV44 [Quadro NVS 285] [10de:0165] (rev a1)

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 6.0
  APT prefers stable
  APT policy: (500, 'stable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.32-5-686 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
diff -ruN release-notes/en/upgrading.dbk release-notes-new/en/upgrading.dbk
--- release-notes/en/upgrading.dbk	2011-02-06 23:52:05.000000000 -0600
+++ release-notes-new/en/upgrading.dbk	2011-02-07 00:05:15.000000000 -0600
@@ -1158,6 +1158,11 @@
 <keycombo action='simul'><keycap>Alt</keycap><keycap>Right
 Arrow</keycap></keycombo> to switch between the different text-mode terminals.
+<para>Should your USB keyboard (or mouse) fail to respond when
+attempting to switch away from the graphical startup screen, unplug
+the USB keyboard and re-insert the plug.  The keyboard should then be
+detected and return to operation.
 <section id="package-specific-issues">

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