Setting the console keyboard type
support two keyboard modes: AT and XT. By default,
the system is configured for use with an XT keyboard.
This is because an XT (or other non-AT) keyboard will not
work in AT mode. The system will not recognize keyboard input.
An AT keyboard will work properly in XT mode, but the
extended keyset found on the AT 101 or 102 key keyboard is
If you have an AT keyboard you can reset the keyboard
mode to AT to make full use of the extended keyset.
utility is used to test and set the keyboard mode.
Some keyboards have an AT keyboard layout, but do not support
To test your keyboard to determine if it supports AT mode,
invoke kbmode with the test option:
A sample session with kbmode in test mode is shown below, with user input in bold:
#The display will be temporary initialized to AT mode.
kbmode testCurrent keyboard mode is XT Do you want to determine if your keyboard supports AT mode?
yDuring the test the keyboard will be put into AT mode. You should then press the space bar two or three times. Are you ready to start?
yPlease hit the space bar now!
The keyboard has been returned to its default mode. It supports AT mode. #