Re: Linux hangs when keyboard is not connected

W. Reilly Cooley (
Fri, 20 Jun 1997 15:38:01 -0700 (PDT)

On Wed, 18 Jun 1997, Pavel Machek wrote:

> With 2.1.43 (not tested earlier versions), linux configured to use

I don't know if this is current enough to be relevant, but it does not happen
with 2.0.27. I have a 386 w/out video or keyboard and it functions fine
(except that my Ethernet card is crap, but that's another matter.)

> virtual terminals will not boot when keyboard is not connected at boot
> time. It will wait after serial initializations, waiting.
> When keyboard is connected, linux continues booting and boots
> normally. Note, that keyboard can be disconnected at run-time and
> connected at run-time without any ill effects...
> [It bugs me,as I have two computers and only one keyboard...]


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