I have a Dell XPS M2010. It came from the factory with Vista and was converted to Fedora 6 within a day of receiving it. With the release of Fedora 8 it was upgraded. With the release of Fedora 10, it was reinstalled from scratch. Now I am trying to reinstall from scratch again while moving to Fedora 13.
The install itself goes smoothly enough (personal problems with trying to hunt down a blank DVD or large enough USB stick aside). After the initial setup and copying the files to the HDD, the machine reboots and the DVD ejects as expected. After the reboot, the firstboot procedure picks up and installation continues. The third screen of firstboot is Create User. The problem is, I can't create a user. The keyboard does absolutely nothing, so I can't type my name. Since creating a user is required, I can't bypass this screen.
During the DVD-based portion of installation, the keyboard worked just fine (root password and hostname were typed with no problem). The mouse works just fine throughout the entire process. Editing the GRUB prompt to start at Runlevel 3 brings me to text-based setup. Like the GUI setup, I have no keyboard. I can't use the arrow keys to move to the Keyboard configuration menu item. None of the previous Fedora installs had this problem.
Any help would be greatly appreciated as I'm limited to an eeePC and cellphone while my big machine sits there doing nothing useful. Thanks.