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I'm somewhat surprised that you can boot into the BIOS. I've had problems with USB keyboards not being recognized until Windows fully boots (with Windows USB drivers activated.) This was more prevalent with a BIOS written prior to 2002. What's your BIOS date?

I got the machine very early in 2000, say March, so the BIOS is no later than that. The machine has USB1.1 hardware in it on the mother board. MB is Tyan S1832DL Tiger 100. Bios is AMBIOS.

Is USB Legacy support turned on in the BIOS?

It is greyed out on the setup screen, and is disabled. When CentOS4 Linux is running, it works. When Windows XP was running (with the PS/2 keyboard) it worked. But problem seems to be only when grub runs it cannot hear the USB keyboard. I suppose I can always buy another PS/2 keyboard.
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