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Re: Can't install Debian - USB keyboard doesn't turn on until Windows loads

OK. I managed to get Debian installed. Here is what I did:

I had previously installed the Debian installer stuff from the DVD into the Windows bootloader. However, since my keyboard didn't work I couldn't tell the computer to start the Debian installer from the Windows bootloader menu, so I only had the option of starting Windows. I had the same problem with booting the Debian DVD directly. My USB keyboard was not working yet, so I could not start the installer.

So, after some thinking, I found this free program for managing the Windows bootloader:


In Windows, I used the program to change the default from Windows loading to loading the Debian installer.

I rebooted. As soon as the installer loaded, I was able to use my USB keyboard to install Debian.

This is the first time I have ever had this issue and the first time I have owned a computer without a PS/2 keyboard connector. I have another computer where the same USB keyboard works at system boot, so I can get into CMOS or choose options from the Grub menu.

However, I will still have the same problem in the future if I need to reinstall Debian. Plus, I cannot get into CMOS while my keyboard is not working during boot.

On Fri, Jun 27, 2014 at 11:11 PM, Kitty Cat <realizar.la.paz@gmail.com> wrote:
Yes. I have previously searched and found such things like this:


It says...

Check for and enable USB Legacy Support:

  1. Attach a PS/2 keyboard to the computer and boot the system.
  2. Enter BIOS Setup by pressing [F2] during boot.
  3. Go to the Advanced > USB Configuration menu.
  4. Set Legacy USB Support to Enabled. (May be listed as USB Legacy)
  5. Exit and save changes [F10].

Any USB mouse or keyboard should now work in DOS mode.

HOWEVER... _This_mobo_does_not_have_a_PS/2_keyboard_or_mouse_connector._

I can only use USB keyboards and mice with it. The keyboard does not work until _after_ Windows loads.

If I boot the Debian install DVD, the menu comes up, but I am unable to press any buttons because the USB keyboard driver is not loaded or something similar.

So, what I think I need to do is find a way to get the Debian install DVD to bypass the need to press a key until such time that a USB keyboard driver loads or something like that.

OR... How do I tell the Windows bootloader to load the Linux kernel instead of booting Windows? This might work to get me past the point where the USB keyboard will work. However, if the keyboard doesn't start working after the kernel loads, then I'm stuck and won't be able to do anything with the computer.

On Fri, Jun 27, 2014 at 8:32 PM, Bzzzz <lazyvirus@gmx.com> wrote:
On Fri, 27 Jun 2014 20:12:11 -0600
Kitty Cat <realizar.la.paz@gmail.com> wrote:


There are plenty of answers on… search engines (even how to
access the BIOS on a MPC).

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