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Keyboard not working, plz help help help

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by lowie57, Feb 16, 2007.

  1. lowie57

    lowie57 Private First Class

    ok i was plodding along on my comp today, when a storm hit... slight power surge, both computers here reset, other one was fine, but when mine booted again, the keyboard wasnt working, no lights on or anything, so i thought it was strange, so i pulled the system battery, thinkin the surge may have changed some things, so anyways HEY PRESTO! power to my keyboard again, had to go thru the bios and reset everything, but then the windows login screen comes up.... keyboard isnt working again.. the lights are on, so it has power to it, but none of the keys work, i think its wierd that all the keys work in the bios, but when windows starts the keyboard keys dont work.... could i possible have to reinstall windows?? i got HEAPS of stuff i wanna keep, but i cant get into to it coz my keyboard wont work, no keyboard=no login, i cant even get into administrator... grrrrr can anyone suggest anything at all?
  2. Plaphon

    Plaphon Specialist

    what's the keyboard type? USB, PS/2?
  3. lowie57

    lowie57 Private First Class

  4. bigbazza

    bigbazza R.I.P. 14/12/2011 - Good Onya Geek

    Maybe try a USB keyboard, as it might bypass whatever is wrong with your PS2 keyboard output. :cool
    I assume you have tried another PS2 keyboard with the same results? :D Bazza

    PS: I'd recommend a UPS in future, for both PC's. Better than surge protection powerboards, etc. Baz
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2007
  5. toolio20

    toolio20 Private E-2

    Can you get into safe mode?
    Just a thought....
  6. baklogic

    baklogic The Tinkerer

    He said :-
    A recent problem with an Athlon processor was described as 'firing up but showing no picture - monitor ok on another pc'.

    Internal investigation certainly showed fans turning and the memory tested Ok. However my post card showed no processor activity at all. Substituting a known good Athlon made no difference. Substituting graphics cards made no difference. Battery 3.05 volts - OK.

    Finally twigged when I removed the modem yes modem. A recent electrical storm must have shorted the PCI bus via the modem. Remove it and everything else works fine.

    The same electrical storm has yielded several other interesting cases if anyone is interested?
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2007
  7. lowie57

    lowie57 Private First Class

    Sorry for late reply, i dont have a usb keyboard to try, and yes i tried other PS/2 keyboards with same result, im gussing it has something to do with windows, my keyboard works in bios, and when windows loads there is still power to my board but none of the keys function, i was thinkin of resinstalling windows, but i dont want to loose my files on the drive that windows is on, is there any connectors that converts PS/2 to usb? i know you can get usb to PS/2...
  8. studiot

    studiot MajorGeek

    If you have Windows XP you could try a REPAIR install. This will preserve your data but some programs, particularly antivirus, will need reinstalling after.
    You will need to set your pc in bios to boot from CD first
    Pop in the cd
    restart and watch carefully
    hit space when prompted to press any key to boot from cd
    when set loads press enter for setup windows now, not R (for repair console)
    Press F8 to accept licence
    The next screen shows installed versions of windows.
    Select your (probably1)
    Now press R and windows will do a repair install.

    If you can't get to your keyboard to do this the storm has caused more damage than you think

    Studio T
  9. bigbazza

    bigbazza R.I.P. 14/12/2011 - Good Onya Geek

    I asked about this at a PC store just recently. :D
    Their answer. No.:p
    USB needs power to operate.
    PS/2 does not provide power to USB.
    Sorry. Bazza



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