[syslinux] Dell Optiplex GX620 keyboard problem

Gene Cumm gene.cumm at gmail.com
Mon Jan 26 06:36:25 PST 2009

On Mon, Jan 26, 2009 at 6:40 AM, JOURDAIN Joris 031398 NEURONES
<joris.jourdain at cea.fr> wrote:
> Hello,
> I'm interrested in testing any possible workaroud for the Dell
> Optiplex GX620 keyboard problem, as I just can't downgrade the BIOS
> version on each and every Gx620 I have to (re)install ! (Plus I can't
> find a link to download the old A10 BIOS itself.)

This issue only applies to certain versions of the Syslinux project.
My first suggestion is to upgrade to one of the latest versions
(preferably the latest) of Syslinux (be it SYSLINUX, PXELINUX,
ISOLINUX and/or EXTLINUX) first to see if it resolves it (as it
should).  Between 3.53 and 3.61, the USB-only keyboard on a GX620 with
BIOS A11 will become unusable.

Downloading A10 is still possible.  You can either proceed directly to
browsing the FTP server at Dell (either via HTTP or FTP) or click the
link to "Other Versions" after getting to the info page for A11.

> Don't hesitate to give me guidance on how to proceed, because I can't
> find anything relevant on the website itself.

I should probably check if it's mentioned in the mailing list archive
as I had a discussion with Peter off list that started about something
else and moved to me regressing through Syslinux commits to find the
exact commit and code that resolved this issue.  I don't believe I
ever regressed through to find the cause.


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