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On Tue, 30 Nov 2004, Ashok Shah wrote:
> I have read quite a bit about the how bitchy eMachines M6805 laptop is. But
> hey, I got one of that before I read all those comments. I am trying to
> install Gentoo on my eMachines M6805 laptop. I have tried to install from
> "install-amd64-universal-2004.3-r1.iso", "install-amd64-minimal-2004.3.iso",
> and minimal version. I am giving the booting option pci=noacpi. It boots
> perfect, but when I get a prompt I don't have any keyboard working. My
> laptop keyboard doesnot work. I tried to connect USB keyboard, but that
> doesnot work either.
The 6805 has a buggy BIOS. eMachines haven't botherd to fix it (last time
I looked), but you can flash it with the BIOS from the 6809 and it will
work fine. The 6809 BIOS also resolves the acpi issues.
You should be able to find a copy of the 6809's BIOS with a bit of
googling, if not give me a shout and I'll retrieve mine. As a stop gap
you can try compiling the keyboard driver as a module - this seems to fix
it for some bizzar reason (although you won't get the mouse working
without editing some kernel code).
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