install freebsd with usb keyboard

Daniel Gerzo danger at
Tue Jun 14 21:12:03 GMT 2005

Hello Kan,

Tuesday, June 14, 2005, 11:05:20 PM, you wrote the following:

> 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?

Well, I'm not sure if that exists in < 5.4 but there is an option
called "Boot FreeBSD with USB keyboard" or similar in 5.4. I was
installing 5.4 on Dell gx280, which doesn't have any PS/2 ports so it
is possible to use only USB keyboard (that really sucks btw.), some
time ago.

> thanks a lot,
> --ken

> 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.

Best Regards,

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