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Old 08-06-2013, 08:42 PM   #1
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I have a computer with Windows 7, Debian GNU/Linux, and FreeDOS installed alongside each other with GRUB (not sure which version) as the bootloader.

My keyboard (usually) fails during the bootloader stage. Sometimes it works though. It always works during bios and when an operating system is loaded.

This isn't just a problem with GRUB. It has also been a problem when booting operating systems from live cds.

I have a logitech usb keyboard and a motherboard with ASUS UEFI bios. There are no ps/2 ports so a usb keyboard is my only option.

Because my keyboard fails during boot, I get stuck loading Linux when sometimes I need to load Windows 7.

Does anybody have a solution to this mysterious (and extremely frustrating ) keyboard problem.

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 08-07-2013, 02:13 AM   #2
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Look in BIOS for the keyboard/mouse option, and set it to 'USB enabled' or 'Legacy USB'. Hit F10 to save settings and exit.
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The closest thing I could find to this is 'USB Options' and they are all enabled already. I can't find any options for keyboard/mouse in particular.

The BIOS manager I have is very strange and uses a GUI. It has what's called EZ Mode, and Advanced Mode. Both modes are graphical.

Does anybody know how to find the keyboard/mouse option in this type of BIOS?
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Hello? Anybody there?
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What are the specs of the PC?
Are the KB and Mouse plugged into USB3 or USB2 ports?
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The keyboard and mouse are plugged into USB 3.0 ports.

Memory: 32 GB of DDR3 RAM.

Motherboard: P8Z68-V Pro/Gen3 from ASUS.

CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600 CPU @ 3.40 GHz x 4
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Try Using the USB 2 ports for the KB and Mouse and see how it acts, when windows loads the USB 3 driver it sometimes disrupts the device plugged into the USB 3 port as it changes.
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That sounds like a Uefi bios and you might need to uncheck "legacy usb devices or mouse and keyboard". At certain stages of development Uefi bios can get really weird with "legacy" settings.
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That sounds like a Uefi bios and you might need to uncheck "legacy usb devices or mouse and keyboard". At certain stages of development Uefi bios can get really weird with "legacy" settings.
You were right! Turns out I had to enable 'Legacy USB 3.0 Devices' and disable 'Legacy USB Devices'.

Thank you all so much for your help. Now I can focus more on programming and less on wrestling with the BIOS.
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Glad to hear it why not mark this solved in the first post under "Thread Tools" in the first post. Uefi bios are screwy and different from unit to unit and I wish they would standardize those suckers!
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