PE2850 + FreeBSD 5.3-BETA6 - Keyboard not working

Muthu_T at Muthu_T at
Wed Sep 29 23:40:11 PDT 2004

>From: Brooks Davis [mailto:brooks at] 
>Sent: Thursday, September 30, 2004 12:17 AM

>>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
>> 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 keyboard.

Commenting out the ukbd0 stuff in /etc/devd.conf does the magic. Now
PS/2 keyboard is working fine!

Installed the 64bit version of FreeBSD on this m/c. Running without any
issue. Wonderful Job! :-)


--T. Muthu Mohan

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