[Sunhelp] Type 6 keyboard, E250, Solaris 7 5/99
McMurry, James A.
James.McMurry at destia.com
Thu Nov 11 10:34:43 CST 1999
When I boot this system after installation, I get this message:
loadkeys: ioctl(KIOCLAYOUT): Timer expired
One time, I saw:
kdb: Unknown keyboard type, Type 3 assumed
After the system comes up, I find that I can do almost nothing with it,
because garbage keeps appearing as I type, something like the line noise I
used to get with my 2400 bps non-error-correcting modem. Keypresses don't
always register, the wrong character appears, etc.
So I go to the Solaris 7 5/99 Sun Hardware Platform Guide, where it doesn't
mention the Type 6 keyboard as a supported option. Oops.
I am amazed. Sun doesn't manufacture backwards-compatible **keyboards**?!?
The keyboard works fine in the EPROM and seemed OK during the Solaris
installation. I'm hoping I can get access to the system using a null modem
cable on port A, but I haven't tried that yet. Assuming I can get the
system up in a condition where I can actually type on it, does anyone know
what my options are to get this working? I suppose I could (as a last
resort) send the keyboard back to the vendor and get a Type 5, but I'm
opposed to that on principle.
BTW, I tried adding a user so I could telnet in, but it's too screwed for me
to type anything useful past "useradd".
Thanks for any assistance you can offer,
GNMC Systems Administration Manager
Destia Communications, Inc.
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