install freebsd with usb keyboard

Paul Schmehl pauls at
Tue Jun 14 04:35:29 GMT 2005

--On June 13, 2005 6:42:03 PM -0700 Kan Cai <kan.cai at> wrote:
> I have been trying to install FreeBSD with a usb keyboard (I have
> tried 3 keyboards so far), but no success. It seems that it can
> recognize the device correctly (because it prints out the device names
> precisely when bringing up the usbs), but it freezes right after the
> sysinstall menu comes out. The ps2 plug is broken, so I dont have any
> other choice.
> I have searched the google and mail list. One suggestion was to
> change the BIOS setting WRT the legacy usb option. The other is to set
> hint.atkbd.0.flags="0x1" while booting. But the problem is that the
> keyboard doesn't work so that I cannot type anything or enter the
> Is there anything I can do except hammering my box?
As a matter of fact there is.  You could pay attention when the system is 
booting and press the seven (7) key when prompted so your keyboard will be 
recognized for install purposes.

Paul Schmehl (pauls at
Adjunct Information Security Officer
University of Texas at Dallas
AVIEN Founding Member

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