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Date:      Tue, 3 Sep 2002 21:23:40 +1000
From:      "Crispin Bennett" <>
To:        <freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG>
Subject:   Login not accepting any input from keyboard
Message-ID:  <000001c2533c$5b065500$0a00a8c0@jupiter>

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Hi all,

A terrible problem! I've been running FreeBSD 4.6.2 release on my laptop
for the past couple of weeks. Suddenly I'm hit with a problem that I'm
hoping isn't going to prove terminal to my FreeBSD experiment: the gdm
login accepts no input from the keyboard. I can't kill X
(ctrl-alt-bkspace) because that doesn't work either. The machine clearly
isn't frozen, as mouse input works -- I can get the gdm menus, from
which I can reboot the machine etc. Also, oddly, I can reboot with

The obvious thing to do would be to SSH in to investigate, but
unfortunately because it's a laptop and thus only intermittently
connected to a network, I've been starting dhclient manually. So I
appear to be stuck.

The *only* thing of significance that I knowingly did/changed in my last
session was 'make install' sysutils/portupgrade. 

So I appear to be stuck. Not sure even what info is of relevance here --
my setup involves gdm being run from startup, and I have gnome2

Any ideas?


Cris Bennett.

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