HELP! Cannot use mouse or keyboard any more

Colin Law clanlaw at
Sat Jun 6 16:06:09 UTC 2015

On 6 June 2015 at 17:02, Kevin O'Gorman <kogorman at> wrote:

> On Sat, Jun 6, 2015 at 8:14 AM, Colin Law <clanlaw at> wrote:
>> On 6 June 2015 at 15:30, Kevin O'Gorman <kogorman at> wrote:
>> ...
>> > I don't know how to boot into another user or session -- and unless
>> it's something grub can do, I'm probably unable because of having no
>> keyboard once the kernel starts
>> >
>> > System is on a LAN, but unavailable.  It normally serves apache, but
>> that's not working either, which has me worried.  I would have thought the
>> server would be up whether I logged in or not.
>> So it is not the keyboard that is not working, it is more serious than
>> that.  You have not reported what is in the logs.  There should
>> definitely be something significant if the whole machine is stuck.
> Well it's definitely not JUST the keyboard that's not working.
> Thanks for the reminder about logs.  I'm frazzled and forgetting stuff.
> There were two sections that mentioned nVidia:  I don't understand the
> first one at all.  The second one has me check /dev/nvidia, but that
> directory is entirely missing when I boot in rescue mode.  Since many /dev/
> things are created on the fly and I cannot get to a graphical mode while
> also having access to a shell, I'm not sure that means much.  But that log
> section may be pointing at the problem.

Is there nothing at the end of syslog to suggest that the machine is
basically dead?  A kernel crash or something?

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