USB keyboards "silent" in terminal (FSO)

Joel Newkirk freerunner at
Wed Aug 20 03:04:41 CEST 2008

I've gotten a few keyboards to work successfully in 2008.08,
and a few would not work.  One that would not work was no
surprise to me - a Dell keyboard with a builtin USB hub -
the keyboard and volume knob appear as individual USB
devices, requiring an internal hub in the keyboard.  That
particular keyboard, unlike most, actually tells me on the
bottom label that it requires 1.5A, which is why I was
unsurprised.  I don't know what current the Freerunner is
capable of supplying to the USB port, but I'd be surprised
if it could pump out 1.5A... (and even if it could it seems
unlikely to last more than an hour or so ;)

With 2008.08 when I plug in any simple (IE single USB
device, no extraneous lighted keys) keyboard it is
functional, and the onscreen keyboard silently goes away as
long as it's plugged in.  I'm awaiting a powerable USB hub I
ordered to test if that permits the more complex keyboard to
work as well.


----- Original Message -----
From: Benito Torres <openmoko at>
To: community at
Subject: Re: USB keyboards "silent" in terminal (FSO)
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2008 21:44:05 +0200

> On Tue, Aug 19, 2008 at 20:57 (+0200), Benito wrote:
> > I dare to jump in as I have the same problem.
> Just found this:
> (see Message-ID: <48AB1688.9060005 at> on this list).
> And this:
> On my FSO-system there's
> 1:
> installed, which according to the git-commit-dates is
> older than the afore mentioned ipk. For some reason the
> ipk is not included in the fso-arm4vt-feed.
> After installation of the newer package and a reboot I had
> to find that this sadly doesn't help with my
> keyboard-problem. I'll try a real usb-keyboard (without
> that usb<->ps/2-converter) before complaining further, but
> as both mice (usb and ps/2) now work (funny thing without
> a cursor :) I suppose the additional converter is not the
> problem.
> So for now there's more light shed on the issue but the
> story continues...
> Cheers,
>  /Ben
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