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    Scoo NNTP User

    Default No keyboard under X

    I updated a SuSE 9.3 to 11.1. Although the install went seemingly well, I have no keyboard under X. The keyboard does work on text console. X -probeonly complains about the use of udevinfo instead of udevadm info, but apart from that it apears to work. sax2 does hav the issue as well, independantly from any keyboard settings.

    Has anybody an idea?

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    Default Re: No keyboard under X

    If keyboard works under konsole, you could try running "yast" (no quotes - with root permissions) and then navigate to the menu item to tune your keyboard.

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    brassy NNTP User

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    > I updated a SuSE 9.3 to 11.1

    as most folks say that that can't done, successfully--i am impressed!

    because, despite the small keyboard problem you have now it seems you
    have done it with great success..

    tell, me did you follow a how-to you could share...or (let me guess)
    you just did it from understanding the system?

    tia

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    Scoo NNTP User

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    Regarding the Update from 9.3 to 11.1: Probably this is a classical case of "To boldly step where no man went before."

    Indeed I just tried it, and was "almost" successful. I got a few complains during the installation, but from irrelevant packages. And besides the keyboard issue the machine does not look too bad, it boots up to the graphical login with apropriate graphics mode, it has a working network, the mouse works fine...

    And although I'm by no means an expert on newer SuSEs I'm doing this for some time. Since kernel 0.96something I think. Probably I'm just a (too) optimistic dinosaur

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    Scoo NNTP User

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    Yes, I tried that. However, the text-console related keyboard settings do change nothing (at the console the keyboard works fine anyhow). And for tuning xorg.conf yast just fires sax2. Which I did as well (mentioned above). And alas, the test input in sax2 does not work.

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    I know of cases where a USB keyboard is only recognized if one selects legacy mode in their BIOS.

    BUT ... typically when that is needed, it is because the keyboard is not recognized in the konsole nor in the GUI.

    Still, I suppose you could try that. Go to BIOS and change your USB settings to legacy mode (assuming there is such a BIOS setting on your PC).

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    brassy NNTP User

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    > Has anybody an idea?

    if no one comes in with a *bingo* solution, maybe you can try with a
    11.1 install DVD (_not_ Live CD) boot from it and make all the right
    decisions until you come to this page in the install process
    http://en.opensuse.org/INSTALL_Local...tallation_Mode and
    click on "Repair Installed System", spin and close the cylinder, put
    the muzzle to your temple and pull the trigger..

    you might win that roulette...you might not...i'm confident you have
    all your data backed up....so. . . . .

    hmmmmmm...before you do that...have you yet tried at the very first
    boot green screen to type 3 and then enter...that will take you to run
    level three where you should be able to fire up your favorite editor
    (mine is mc) and have a look at /etc/X11/xorg.conf

    well...going back now i see you have told us nothing about your
    keyboard...is it USB, maybe wireless or what? heck, maybe it is
    laptop...well...make a backup of that config file and then get
    creative with the keyboard entries in it...

    do you happen to have a backup of that file as it existed in 9.3???,
    if so, i'd just make sure the new file's KEYBOARD entries makes sense
    compared to the old file..

    well...i suspect you are far ahead of me in diddling creative magic
    chants into config files...

    maybe my previously mentioned Russian Roulette with a DVD is the best
    guess i come up with..

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    Scoo NNTP User

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    Yes indeed, I didn't supply too much information. The keyboard is a normal PS/2. In fact one of these heavy original IBM PS/2 keyboards from last millenium

    It's connected via a console switch, but this setup works for years. I did check the xorg.conf, it's keyboard definition is identical to the one used by SuSE 9.3 (and those made sense). And for the magic chant part: Yes, I do remeber the old times where man were real men and created their mode lines in the XF86CONFIG with a slide rule

    Funnilly I was able to use X (& kde) if I started it from a textconsole logged in under root. This includes keyboard usage. Thus I suspect either an issue with access rights (but didn't found anything obvious) or a damaged X module due to the update installation. Btw. even the ATI driver worked after the update

    As much as I like the occasional puzzle, I didn't feel it right to invest more time into this. So I bit the bullet and did a clean reinstall. And now even the keyboard works

    For anybody worried about my data: Yes, I do have a good backup, and additionally can leave the home and data partitions out of the update game. Was sysadmin in a former life...

    My conclusion of the whole story: No, an update from 9.3 to 11.1 does not work. This will probably surprise nobody.

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    brassy NNTP User

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    > My conclusion of the whole story: No, an update from 9.3 to 11.1 does
    > not work. This will probably surprise nobody.


    glad you got to where you need to be..

    unsurprised, but need to know if your slide was ivory on bamboo and
    swinging from your belt? ;-)


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    Scoo NNTP User

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    I still do own two slides, one aluminium and one plastic. And no, I was never cool enough to dangle one from my belt. That would have been too much with the girls

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