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Re: OT: Bypassing "no keyboard" error on PC



Looked in the BIOS? For a "Halt On" option.. set it to "no errors"


On Thu, 23 Sep 1999, chuck wrote:

> apologize for being semi-off topic.
> 
> First off, nice new web page, didn't catch when it went up but the
> reorg helps out a lot.  (I just don't like the 'jackbooted
> stormtrooper' image - how do we convey secure even against many
> 'authorities' will?)
> 
> 
> Okay:  I have mostly non-PCs.  I'm dealing with a couple PC's and
> helping a guy at work who was gonna use FreeBSD for his DSL but came to
> me last week and said "ever heard of OpenBSD?"  I gave him an account
> on one of my boxes to get to know it some.
> 
> His box works fine, he's very happy, but it needs a keyboard to boot
> up.  Given it's location - it's in an entertainment cabinet (wiring
> central) being an MP3 server, server for the wife's Windows machine and
> X10 central - a keyboard is ugly.  He's found little keyboards, and
> certainly understands that in BIOS disaster time, he's gonna need a
> proper head on it.
> 
> A KVM switch was suggested, but costs more than he cares to spend on
> it and, mainly, doesn't fit well.  It's not the right answer.
> 
> 99% of the time, he wants it headless.  I recall SOME device that let
> you 'fake' the PC into thinking there was a keyboard.  It was something
> like a pullup resistor across some of the PS/2 connector.  Does anyone
> have a pointer or a part they'd recommend?
> 
> Hotbot and Yahoo came up empty, but I'm not quite sure what to look
> for (not "keyboard eliminator").
> 
> TIA
> 
> chuck
>