may be a BIOS/MOBO thing

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March 31, 2010 at 03:24:00
Specs: Microsoft Windows vista x64, x86, XP Pro, 3 GHz x2 / 4GB

I traded my wired keyboard for a MS 3000 wireless keyboard. This thing is nice. You can program/reset just about any key.

With my wired keyboard I could turn on the computer from a completely powered off state with a key combo which I set in the BIOS, but it says for a PS/2 keyboard.
Now I got this wireless keyboard and the setting wont work. I guess PS/2 means a wired keyboard.

Any ideas how I can power-up that way with this wireless keyboard or is a new mobo in order?


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March 31, 2010 at 04:50:55
I don't know of any mobo's that have a wireless power on option. Most of them use a ps2 connection for a keyboard or a ps2 mouse.

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March 31, 2010 at 05:16:41
Oh well. Thanks grasshopper.

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March 31, 2010 at 07:54:31
I guess PS/2 means a wired keyboard.

It has to be a PS/2 keyboard because the software that drives the keyboard is built into the BIOS chip and is operational as soon as power is applied.

You probably couldn't even do what you describe with a USB keyboard which is also wired as the software for that has to be first loaded by the BIOS and to do that the computer has to be running.

It should be remembered that with the ATX power supply there is always a small amount of current being supplied to the motherboard as long as power is available although everything appears to be turned off and lifeless.

This is to allow things like Wake on Lan, Wake on Ring and to work. Even the On/Off button at the front of the computer needs some software support from the BIOS to work.


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March 31, 2010 at 08:29:54
It's good to know this for my A+.

Thanks for posting Stuart

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