[rescue] Best brains: Â Dead keyboard ports on PC hardware
lionel4287 at verizon.net
Tue Jun 19 09:00:08 CDT 2007
>From: Phil Stracchino <phil.stracchino at speakeasy.net>
>Date: 2007/06/19 Tue AM 08:00:32 CDT
>To: The Rescue List <rescue at sunhelp.org>
>Subject: Re: [rescue] Best brains: Dead keyboard ports on PC hardware
>Mike Hebel wrote:
>> In a fit of angst Phil Stracchino gargled the following:
>>> Marcin 'Rambo' Roguski wrote:
>>>> Excluding the hardware failure? Can you disable serial
>>>> ports and see what happens?
>>> Not without getting into the BIOS. See chicken and egg. :)
>> Something else just occurred to me - try plugging in just the keyboard but
>> into the _mouse_ port. Sometimes those are separate ports but have some
>Already tried that, unfortunately. I also tried three different
>keyboards, two of them known good keyboards from other machines, to rule
>out a keyboard failure.
I don't think there is a way to save this MB for use with a keyboard. You
could load a different OS by installing a pre-configured OS hard drive and
accessing the system via network/serial terminal, but without the local
keyboard, it is toast (IMHO).
I took a look at the manual for the MB, and there is no conclusive statement
that the MB would support USB mouse/keyboard that I could find, no serial
console redirect, and no way to modify the BIOS settings to even try a USB
keyboard. You could bot off a DOS diskette with a startup .bat file that
would redirect input to come from the serial port, but even with a DOS system
there is no tool t update the BIOS.
I think it's time to swap out the MB and upgrade they system (hey, want a
SuperMicro MB with dual PIII/450 CPUs?). I don't see any guarantee that any
efforts will result in a functioning system with a local keyboard...
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