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 Why it wont allow to use a keyboard after bootup
Author: Mario 
Date:   04-04-02 23:11

Hi,

I've read that FreeBSD does not allow you to plug in a PS/2 keyboard after bootup to protect the motherboard. PS/2 is not designed for hot-swapping devices, so in a freak accident you could blow a part of your motherboard by connecting a keyboard when the machine is up. I think there's a reference on the FreeBSD questions mailing list archive.

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 Re: Why it wont allow to use a keyboard after bootup
Author: Dan Langille 
Date:   05-04-02 00:38

Mario wrote:

> I've read that FreeBSD does not allow you to plug in a PS/2
> keyboard after bootup to protect the motherboard.

I've read, and been told, differently. That that is not the reason, but rather a side effect. I detail that in the section titled "Well, that's kind of stupid. Why not make that the default?". It's a side effect of another choice AFAIK.

> PS/2 is not
> designed for hot-swapping devices, so in a freak accident you
> could blow a part of your motherboard by connecting a
> keyboard when the machine is up.

I've heard that.

> I think there's a reference
> on the FreeBSD questions mailing list archive.

No doubt. I'd love to see it.

Thanks.

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