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KVM's and grub/lilo multiboots w/VL
« on: February 09, 2009, 09:35:12 am »
OK, this one's a bit arcane...

I've got two machines running off one KVM. The KVM is a newer one that uses a USB mouse and keyboard but does not have a separate cable for each computers' mouse and keyboard. (They are sent in via ONE usb port.)

When it boots to grub, the keyboard doesn't work yet - So I'm unable to select which OS to use.  Interestingly, at initial boot the BIOS does recognize it - (I can go into system setup before getting to grub.)   Once the defaulted-to OS runs (some flavor of VL 6) everything works fine.  (I could just plug a regular keyboard into each machine at boot, but that sort of defeats the KVM idea in the first place.)

Am I correct that this means that GRUB itself does not have drivers to recognize a USB keyboard?

I haven't tried using LILO for this config - would it work instead?

thanks for the assist.
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Re: KVM's and grub/lilo multiboots w/VL
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2009, 04:05:07 pm »
GRUB can and does recognize USB keyboards.  I've had problems with KVMs with both lilo and grub and with operating systems other than Linux.
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