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    Can't access my keyboard during Linux installation

    I have a 20 old computer and wanted to put a version of Linux on it. When flashing the ISO with Etcher to a USB SD card, it boots from the USB as normal and gives me a few options. Except I can't select anything. No arrow keys, no enter, not even the number lock (no light). I have tried two different versions of Linux (Lithium and Peppermint) and can't select anything, along with two keyboards. Perhaps it's the keyboard, perhaps the computer just freezes. Hard to tell.

    Keyboards are USB and the computer has no options for PS/2 or other types. I've tried every USB port. Before I booted to USB, I was in the BIOS to check the keyboard. Works fine.

    Now, Linux Mint did work, but I can't use it because it's way, way too fast for my puny computer (Intel Celeron with 512mb of RAM and 20gb HD). Then again, Mint doesn't have me select anything, it just boots. Once it boots, my keyboard worked fine.

    So, I need one of two things:

    1) My keyboard to work (or computer to stop freezing) during installation.

    2) A version that doesn't wait for me to select something; something with either a timer or something that just boots to Linus without immediately asking me options.

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    Last edited by Zap!; August 16, 2021, 11:03 PM.

    #2
    Check the BIOS for a legacy USB keyboard option and enable it. Without that, the keyboard won't work until the OS has loaded an USB stack.

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      #3
      Who has a 20mb hdd and linux is too fast with 512mig of ram.

      I smell a troll sorry.
      Thomas Byers (DRI)- "You'll have a million people using the A> [MS-DOS prompt] forever. You'll have five million using [nongraphic] menu systems such as Topview, Concurrent PC-DOS, Desq, and those types. But there'll be 50 to 100 million using the iconic-based interfaces."

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        #4
        Originally posted by Timo W. View Post
        Check the BIOS for a legacy USB keyboard option and enable it. Without that, the keyboard won't work until the OS has loaded an USB stack.
        Unfortunately I do not see it. It has a very limited bios, and the only mention of USB is Intel USB Controller, with a default to IRQ 11.
        Last edited by Zap!; August 16, 2021, 10:55 PM.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Caluser2000 View Post
          Who has a 20mb hdd and linux is too fast with 512mig of ram.

          I smell a troll sorry.
          He most likely wanted to say 20 GB. People make typos, you know?

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            #6
            Originally posted by Zap! View Post

            Unfortunately I do not see it. It's a very limited bios, and the only mention of USB is Intel USB Controller, with a default to IRQ 11.
            What computer/mainboard is it exactly?

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              #7
              Originally posted by Caluser2000 View Post
              Who has a 20mb hdd and linux is too fast with 512mig of ram.

              I smell a troll sorry.
              Not everything is a conspiracy. I have 20 computers, and just pulled out a basic Compaq. Checked out Windows 2000, and did not think I needed that OS. Looked at the specs, and it was weak. I have never tried Linux ever, and just recently even found out that it was graphical (assumed it was like DOS; again, I have never tried it).

              Saw some videos on YouTube that said you can see install Linux on even older computers. So I tried. Not sure where you get trolling from. Not everyone is an expert.

              Edit: didn't realize I said 20mb. Sorry, it's a 20gb hd.
              Last edited by Zap!; August 16, 2021, 11:04 PM.

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                #8
                Originally posted by Timo W. View Post
                What computer/mainboard is it exactly?
                It's Compaq, and yes I did mean 20gb, my mistake. Here's a pic of the specs:

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Zap! View Post

                  Not everything is a conspiracy. I have 20 computers, and just pulled out a basic Compaq. Checked out Windows 2000, and did not think I needed that OS. Looked at the specs, and it was weak. I have never tried Linux ever, and just recently even found out that it was graphical (assumed it was like DOS; again, I have never tried it).

                  Saw some videos on YouTube that said you can see install Linux on even older computers. So I tried. Not sure where you get trolling from. Not everyone is an expert.
                  You don't have to be an expert to use Linux. Give Bunsen Labs https://www.bunsenlabs.org/installation.html a try. It installs on my old rigs with 256megs of ram easily enough. Mint is ideal for systems with more specs. You my ned to use a PS/2 mouse and keyboard on your Compag .
                  Last edited by Caluser2000; August 16, 2021, 11:12 PM.
                  Thomas Byers (DRI)- "You'll have a million people using the A> [MS-DOS prompt] forever. You'll have five million using [nongraphic] menu systems such as Topview, Concurrent PC-DOS, Desq, and those types. But there'll be 50 to 100 million using the iconic-based interfaces."

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Caluser2000 View Post

                    You don't have to be an expert to use Linux. Give Bunsen Labs https://www.bunsenlabs.org/installation.html a try. It installs on my AMD K6-2 400 with 256megs of ram easily enough. Mint is ideal for systems with more specs. You my ned to use a PS/2 mouse and keyboard on your Compag .
                    Thanks, I'll give it a try tomorrow, as I have work in the morning. The computer doesn't have any PS/2 ports. I believe this is my Compaq. There are several models though.

                    https://community.spiceworks.com/pro...q-ipaq-desktop

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                      #11

                      Take the Hard drive and install in any computer that will boot Linux. Do the install as normal.
                      Then remove the Hard drive with Linux and insert in the destination computer. Boot it and use
                      as you would have, if it had been installed on that Computer. Linux doesn't care, but install
                      the 32 Bit Version or 64 bit version to match your Hardware, or what you require.

                      Larry

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                        #12
                        On P3 systems, I generally have much better luck with older distros. Just for yucks, try an old version of Puppy Linux, say, "Slacko". It's not unsual to see the Debian kernels dropping support for some chipsets along the way.

                        And, of course, for later versions, there's the CMOV thing.
                        Last edited by Chuck(G); August 17, 2021, 07:13 AM.
                        Reach me: vcfblackhole _at_ protonmail dot com.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by ldkraemer View Post
                          Take the Hard drive and install in any computer that will boot Linux. Do the install as normal.
                          Then remove the Hard drive with Linux and insert in the destination computer. Boot it and use
                          as you would have, if it had been installed on that Computer. Linux doesn't care, but install
                          the 32 Bit Version or 64 bit version to match your Hardware, or what you require.

                          Larry
                          You shouldn't have to do that at all.Disrtros on a number of P4 systems I(including this one I use as my daily driver without any effort) have currently are Linux Mint Debian Edition 4, Devuan Beowolf (no systemd) and Bunsen Labs Lithium. Installed and updated when need without any problems at all. With and without ps/2 keyboards. Tried Peppermint but it just had some real funny quirks I didn't like. that the others didn't.
                          Thomas Byers (DRI)- "You'll have a million people using the A> [MS-DOS prompt] forever. You'll have five million using [nongraphic] menu systems such as Topview, Concurrent PC-DOS, Desq, and those types. But there'll be 50 to 100 million using the iconic-based interfaces."

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                            #14
                            I suggested Puppy because it comes as a live ISO. That is, it doesn't use the hard drive. That should narrow things down a bit.
                            Reach me: vcfblackhole _at_ protonmail dot com.

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                              #15
                              For my so called "5x86" architecture I use Devuan Jessie(no systemd) which went to archive status mid last year.and just point apt to the Devuan Jessie archives.Yeah the requirement for the cpu to have SSE(CMOV) killed installation on 5x86 stuff. About a month ago there was mention on one of the forums I go to of Puppy Linux dropping 32-bit systems completely in the near future. That would be a shame.
                              Thomas Byers (DRI)- "You'll have a million people using the A> [MS-DOS prompt] forever. You'll have five million using [nongraphic] menu systems such as Topview, Concurrent PC-DOS, Desq, and those types. But there'll be 50 to 100 million using the iconic-based interfaces."

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