Try with the remote management port
Same problem. S1200BTL motherboard and trying to install ESXi 5.5. USB keyboard works for BOIS and to launch the install from CD but after the file copy and the ESXi Installer starts up, all USB keyboard function is lost. Tried all USB ports with different USB keyboards connected - one on front USB port and one on rear. Both keyboards would work in BOIS etc. but about midway through the Installer screen where it is split black/yellow, I noticed that the num lock light would go out on both keyboards and from then on nothing worked. Finally, I figured that a USB card with a different controller might work - I have an old PCI USB 2.0 card at home. I popped off the cover to verify it had the necessary PCI slot (I could have just looked at the Quick Start Guide sitting next to me but for some reason didn't think and popped it open). Then I saw the internal USB port in the corner by the SATA ports. Just for grins, I tried one more time. This time when the num lock light went out, I hit the num lock button again and the light came on and stayed on (coincidentally, the other kb was still connected to the rear - it's light went out at the same time but no matter what, it would not come back on - it was DOA like all the previous times. Using the internal USB, I successfully completed the ESXi 5.5 install.
Solution for Intel S1200BTL motherboard.
Open the server case. Find USB port that is attached directly to the motherboard, it is near SATA connectors. Plug keyboard into it.
Voila, it works!
Same issue.. Earlier I had a problem with network adaptors and found a network vib which resolved the issue. But for this keyboard issue I', yet to find a solution. Please keep this thread updated if anyone has an solution.
I have the same issue.
Just received a HP Proliant 380P Gen8 , and ESXI will not recognize the function keys (F1...F11).
I tried 2 different keyboards, the front USB connection, the back one, and the one on the mother board without success.
If I go in the bios, everything works correctly with both keyboards, whatever USB connection I use.
I called my neighbor and asked if he had either an HP or DELL keyboard.
He brought a DELL, and it worked.
Once again this is for an HP Proliant 380P Gen8, with ESXI 5.1
Whether this problem was solved?
At me such problem arose after updating from version 5.5 on 6.0.
Connection of other keyboard doesn't yield result.
PS/2 isn't present on the motherboard.
I also experienced this situation with the 6.0U1 version, with a S1200BTL motherboard, the use of the internal onboard USB port solved my problem!
Hello all, i have same problem with my S1200BTL, and symptoms are same . for experiment i test installation on ASUS P8 B motherboard with same CPU and Memory,
-all usb port working correctly,and i dont had seen any problem with installation and ESX6.0 have worked normally in test period.
as i understand INTEL S1200BTL use different usb controller than asus, and this controller do not recognize from esxi in installation process ,consequently ESXi hangup in installation process.
1 Whan i insert keyboad or any usb stick into INTERNAL usb port- ESX succefully recongize them, and working normally, means S1200BTL have 2 differentc usb controlles onboard.
2 ESX 5.1 working normally on this S1200BTL motherboard.
so, question to VMWARE ingeneers
which usb module was deleted or changed compared from ESX 5.1\5.5 ?
and question to INTEL engeneers,
what's the difference between internal and external usb ports on this MB.(chipset, revision etc.)