Old Dell Doesn't Recognize Keyboard
by Javelin-Dan - 5/28/12 12:40 PM
Hi folks, hope I'm in the right place. I take old computers that others don't want, install Linux (usually Puppy), and donate them to people who need them.
I've installed Wary Puppy 5.1.2 on and old Dell Optiplex GX110 (model MMP), serial # JQ3N 108, Pentium III, 128 MB RAM, 15 GB hard drive. The live CD boots & runs normally fully recognizing my keyboard and mouse and allowing me full control. The problem comes when I reboot. Apparently the BIOS won't recognize my newer, mis-matched keyboard (I get a "keyboard failure" message on the first boot screen) and my Grub boot menu comes up normally, but at this point no input from the keyboard is recognized and I'm stuck.
The BIOS boot screen lists 1995-1998 and I'm guessing this old Dell is looking for a matching keyboard of the same vintage, which I don't have. Anyone have any suggestions for a way around this? Thanks in advance.