Ubuntu Intrepid Upgrade On Eee PC DOA

I spent some time today upgrading my Eee PC 8G from Ubuntu Hardy to Intrepid. Over 700MB's of updates that seemed to go flawlessly apart from a couple dependencies for k3b which I quickly sorted out.

2 hours later, after the reboot I get to the login screen but it doesn't recognize as I type on the native keyboard. It didn't recognize me typing on a USB keyboard either.

I did a bit of googling around but I haven't seen a problem reported on this. I wonder what I did wrong...

The latest kernel is 2.6.24-19. I then tried booting that in recovery mode. It complained about:

mount: special device /dev/sdb1 does not exist

but I think that's just that the external USB disk wasn't turned on. It seemed to "hang" at the "Configuring network interfaces" line for a long time, but that might be because it's still setup for the wireless network at work. Once I can get in, I can hopefully easily change that.

Eventually I got to a pretty red and blue text based menu asking me what I wanted to do. As the keyboard was working at this point, I just told it to resume the boot. I then got to the graphical login prompt and the keyboard was fubar again.

If anybody has any suggestions on how to find/fix this problem, I'm all ears.

(I also tried booting from the 2.6.24-18 kernel in the GRUB menu -- the one that goes with the Ubuntu Hardy release -- and that didn't work either).

Update: the keyboard seems to be fine. Control-Alt-F1 gets me to a virtual console login. It's just that I don't seem to be able to type into the graphical Username field.

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