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Built a small form factor home Linux server this past weekend.  The idea is that it'll sit quietly on a shelf, serving files and web pages.

Got everything running. Verified that I could log in via the console and remotely. Took off the monitor, removed the keyboard, stuck it on a shelf and plugged it in again.  Tried to SSH to the box.  Couldn't connect.  Waited 5 minutes. Rebooted.  No go.

Carried my big heavy monitor to a nearby location.  Connected it up.  What did the bios error  message read?

"Keyboard error or keyboard not found.  Press F1 to continue".

Anyone know how to get around this?  Looks like I may have to stack a big ugly keyboard on top of my elegant little Shuttle XPC on the shelf.

(and no, I couldn't find an option in the Phoenix BIOS to skip the test).

Will
Thursday, May 20, 2004

Upgrade the BIOS if possible and try to find an option... if that's not possible, I think you're just out of luck.

Greg Hurlman
Thursday, May 20, 2004

You should be able to set something up in the BIOS related to what to do when an error happens.  One of the options should be something like "display message and continue".  It is probably set to "halt system" or something like that right now.

Ray
Thursday, May 20, 2004

Look for the following BIOS options:

Stop on error
Report errors

The value probably says "All" or "Keyboard".  You'll need to change it to "None".

I have a similar system, and had to find the same option, but it was an Award BIOS.  But I can't recall a Phoenix BIOS without the option.

Walt
Thursday, May 20, 2004

Incidentally, there used to be a dongle I found somewhere (something like Fry's or ComputerGeeks.com) that was like a keyboard loopback adapter - a PS/2 plug with no wire you stuck in the keyboard PS/2 jack and didn't need a keyboard to boot.

Stupid to need one, and modern BIOS authors have figured it out, but looks like there's still a need for them. :)

Philo

Philo
Thursday, May 20, 2004

Ray:

I think you've got it.  I'm at work right now and can't check it out, but I did see an option that said "Halt" on an error.  I was looking for something with the word "keyboard" in it, didn't think to look for a more general option.

Thanks!

Will
Thursday, May 20, 2004

The cheap keyboard controller chip used on a lot of motherboards often burns out during plugging keyboards in and out. If the bios stuff doesn't work, replace the chip.

Dennis Atkins
Thursday, May 20, 2004

Oh wait you don't want the keyboard attached. Nevermind. Been up 36 hrs straight now with this projegct.

Dennis Atkins
Thursday, May 20, 2004

Yet another reason why Linux is worthless and sucks...

Anon-y-mous Cow-ard
Thursday, May 20, 2004

"Yet another reason why Linux is worthless and sucks..."

The BIOS is halting on the error before it's even spun up the harddrive.

Beyotch.

.
Thursday, May 20, 2004

I was timing how long it would take till the anti Linux flames would start...

Not that the Linux is working perfectly.  I recompiled my kernel, forgot to include the right disk drivers, and then couldn't boot the system last night.  But that was a different (and ultimately solvable) problem.

Will
Thursday, May 20, 2004

>> The BIOS is halting on the error before it's even spun up the harddrive.

Dont make excuses for Linux. If it was a *real* operating system, all the zealots would have gotten together and made a work around for this obvious design flaw.

Anon-y-mous Cow-ard
Friday, May 21, 2004

"Keyboard error or keyboard not found.  Press F1 to continue".

LOL :-) :-)

Just an example to prove that the guys who write error messages don't think much... shouldn't this actually have been...

"Keyboard error or keyboard not found.  Click mouse left button to continue".

The One You Loved (TOYL)
Friday, May 21, 2004

Dell servers - if they don't find a keyboard/mouse at powerup they won't detect one when you plug one in.
And theres no BIOS option to change it - in fact on Dells there are pretty much no BIOS options at all.

We had to find a special KVM switch which fakes a keyboard and mouse to all the machines.

Martin Beckett
Friday, May 21, 2004

Dear TOYL,
                  Yours won't work either because it tries to detect the keyboard before the mouse. It should be
"Keyboard not detected. Bang case to continue"

By the way, what's the error code for video card not detected :)

Stephen Jones
Friday, May 21, 2004

Error for video card not detected:

"beeeeeeeeeep beep beep"

There are a whole series of beep code for different errors like memory not detected and a bunch of other things.

Ray
Friday, May 21, 2004

Yea, you're right.
I do know about beep codes.
I meant to write, "what is the on-screen error message for video card not detected?"

Stephen Jones
Friday, May 21, 2004

I am a little late to this thread but why not just boot up the computer with the keyboard attached and then once the machine is running unplug the keyboard and remove it?   

L. Ellison
Monday, May 24, 2004

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