install freebsd with usb keyboard

Kan Cai kan.cai at
Tue Jun 14 21:05:21 GMT 2005

Thanks, Paul. What you meant is that I should choose option 7 when the 
beastie menu pops up, right? I am not sure which FreeBSD release could do 
that. In my 5.2.1 and 5.3R1, the option 7 is "reboot". Is that in 5.4?

thanks a lot,

On 6/14/05, Paul Schmehl <pauls at> wrote:
> --On Monday, June 13, 2005 22:16:38 -0700 Kan Cai <kan.cai at> 
> wrote:
> > Hi, Paul:
> >
> > Thanks for the reply, but it didn't work. I tried 3 keyboards and 2
> > FreeBSD releases (5.2.1, and 5.3R1). The combination of logitech 
> keyboard
> > with 5.2.1 does highlight the keymap option in sysinstall menu, but that
> > is how far it goes. The keyboard stops working so that I cannot press
> > "space", "tab" or "enter".
> >
> I'm not sure I explained myself clearly. Let's try again.
> ***During the boot process***** before you ever get to sysinstall, when 
> the
> daemon shows up on the screen and you're given a menu with several 
> options,
> if you look closely, option seven (7) must be chosen to use a usb keyboard
> **during the install**.
> If you're waiting until the sysinstall appears, that's way too late. You
> need to chose option 7 before the kernel even loads, almost immediately
> after the system boots.
> If you *are* doing that and the keyboards aren't working anyway, then I
> have no idea what the problem might be.
> Paul Schmehl (pauls at
> Adjunct Information Security Officer
> University of Texas at Dallas
> AVIEN Founding Member

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