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By NewfoundLuck ·
An co-worker asked me to take a look at her computer. Constant freezes, modem not working, funny noises... etc. Anyway the computer is equiped with only usb ports for mouse and keyboard. Since the usb doesn't become active until windows starts I am unable to use the keyboard to get to the bios, or boot to safe mode, work from dos, or anything that requires me to use the keyboard. Is there anyway to use the usb keyboard outside of windows?

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by nla467 In reply to usb mouse and keyboard

If you can get a serial keyboard that should work, Im pretty sure youll have a serial connector on that pc.

Hope this helps..;0)

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by TheChas In reply to usb mouse and keyboard

If the PC has only USB ports, the BIOS should recognize "most" USB keyboards and allow you to access the system.

I have found that some USB keyboards with "extra" functions do not work with some PCs in DOS or BIOS mode.

What I am saying is, you may need a very simple USB keyboard in order to access the BIOS and have the keyboard function in DOS mode.

From the sounds of things, I suspect a hard drive problem, or a bad cooling fan.

Chas

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by jw1023 In reply to usb mouse and keyboard

On some mainboards with no legacy ports (ps2 mouse/keyboard) there are 2 usb ports that are enabled for legacy support in the bios, if you can find which ones these are you should then be able to use at least the keyboard to get into the bios ( eg on abit non kegacy boards it's the "top" 2 ports in a desktop case.
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