PE2850 + FreeBSD 5.3-BETA6 - Keyboard not working

Brooks Davis brooks at
Wed Sep 29 11:43:27 PDT 2004

On Wed, Sep 29, 2004 at 08:42:32AM -0500, Muthu_T at wrote:
> All,
>    Successfully installed FreeBSD 5.3-BETA6 on Dell PE2860.
> After rebooting in the login prompt the system doesn't accept any
> keystrokes.
> I have 1 USB and 1 PS/2 Keyboard. Both keyboards are working (caps
> on/off, Numlock on/off works), but the characters doesn't comes to the
> system console.
> Attaching the dmesg output.
> Looks like DELL DRAC (Dell Remote Access Card) card is identified as
> Keyboard. 
> See the line: (ukbd0: Dell DRAC4, rev 1.10/0.00, addr 2, iclass 3/1)
> Any fixes?

From your other message, I think I see what's happening.  The
information that the PS/2 keyboard works in single user mode was
critical.  The root problem is that you can have one and only one
console keyboard today.  I'm working on fixing that, but it's going
to take time.  For now we're attemting to work around this problem by
making ukbd0 the console keyboard in multiuser mode via devd rules.
In your case this backfires because ukbd0 is your DRAC card not yoru
external USB keyboard.  A workaround that should work in your case is
to boot into single user and comment out the ukbd related lines in
/etc/devd.conf.  Then your PS/2 keyboard will remain your console

-- Brooks
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