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USB KVM Keyboard Drop Work-Around (almost, need help!!)
- Subject: USB KVM Keyboard Drop Work-Around (almost, need help!!)
- From: dweimer at myhostinghome.net (Dean E. Weimer)
- Date: Mon Aug 9 19:44:40 2004
Bear with on this one, it is a little long, but I wanted to describe
problem with as much detail as possible.
I recently purchased a USB KVM to switch between my Windows XP Box and
FreeBSD (5.2.1-RELEASE) file/web development server. I was able to use
the USB keyboard after a boot, but as soon as I switched to the XP Box and
back to the FreeBSD machine it would no longer recognize the USB keyboard.
Search the mailing lists, Google, and Yahoo, showed that I wasn't the only
one with this problem, but I could not find a fix or work around.
After some searching I discovered that by using the command
"usr/sbin/kbdcontrol -k /dev/kbd1 < /dev/console" that I could then see
the USB keyboard again. Furthermore I discovered that when I switched
back and fourth with the KVM these messages showed up in the
ukbd0: at uhub1 port 1 (addr 3) disconnected
uhid0: at uhub1 port 1 (addr 3) disconnected
ums0: at uhub1 port 2 (addr 4) disconnected
ukbd0: CHESEN USB Keyboard, rev 1.10/1.10, addr 3, iclass 3/1
kbd1 at ukbd0
uhid0: CHESEN USB Keyboard, rev 1.10/1.10, addr 3, iclass 3/0
ums0: Cypress Sem PS2/USB Browser Combo Mouse, rev 1.00/0.00, addr 4,
ums0: 5 buttons and Z dir.
So logic told me that if I could figure out a way to execute the
"usr/sbin/kbdcontrol -k /dev/kbd1 < /dev/console" command based on the log
I would have a functional work around.
I used Swatch (/usr/ports/security/swatch) form the ports tree to attempt
to solve this program.
My configuration for swatch contains the following:
watchfor /kbd1 at ukbd0/
exec /usr/sbin/kbdcontrol -k /dev/kbd1 < /dev/console
I am starting swatch at startup as a Daemon from a script in the
"/usr/local/etc/rc.d/ directory" simply passing it the --config-file,
--tail, and --daemon options.
At first all works great, can switch frequently between machines, the only
catch is it takes a few seconds for the mouse and keyboard to be detected,
but no longer than it takes XP.
But every few days the swatch daemon seems to hang. I can ssh into the
box from my freebsd machine, kill the swatch process and relaunch the
daemon, and again it works for a few days and then hangs??
Anybody have any ideas??
Please Copy my email -- dweimer_(_at_)_myhostinghome_(_dot_)_net with any replies...
Dean E. Weimer
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