OT: Re: The worst error message in history belongs to... BIND9!

Daniel A. A. alive at dienub.org
Sat Jul 7 00:59:07 UTC 2007

perryh at pluto.rain.com wrote:
>>> Favourite worst written error message in history:
>>>     Keyboard not found. Press F1 to continue. 
>> I have always loved this one!! Who made that up!?
> Someone at IBM.  That's what the original IBM PC, PC-AT, and
> (presumably) PC-XT displayed if the keyboard was dead or not
> plugged in.
> It was probably a case of modular code:  any problem in POST would
> display a message and return a "fail" status, and the generic code
> would append "Press F1 to continue." and wait.  Not a bad idea at
> all -- certainly better than blindly trying to boot the machine
> without giving the operator a chance to decide what to do about
> the problem -- but this particular combination does have a chicken-
> egg aspect :(
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This still happened on my fairly recent ASUS p4s8x  Pentium 4 motherboard.
I think you could make almost any motherboard yield that error, even 
these days.

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