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Re: Interactive startup on F10. Pressing "I" doesn't work



On Thu, 2009-04-02 at 17:24 +0100, Anne Wilson wrote:
> On Thursday 02 April 2009 15:50:16 Alan Evans wrote:
> > Tim wrote:
> > > Alan Evans wrote:
> > >> It surely used to work. But I just confirmed it doesn't work now.
> > >
> > > Is any keypress having any effect?  Things like USB keyboards aren't
> > > always available until some drivers are up and alive.
> >
> > I tested on my netbook, so the keyboard was part of the machine. As I
> > held down the key, a small row of letters were printed on the screen.
> > The key press is definitely being recognized by the system; it's just
> > not triggering the desired effect in the startup sequence.
> 
> Did you try repeated, rapid taps on the 'i' until well into the second stage?  
> That's the way I have done it in the past - it's the only way I could get it 
> in at the right moment, and, as I said earlier, with these faster boots it 
> will get ever more difficult.
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I find that holding the keys down can be counter-productive. I suspect
that the code discards the buffer contents before looking for a key
press and that's why 'rapid taps' as Anne puts it seems to be the only
method that works.

Craig


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