Over riding the laptop keyboard w/usb

Dell / Insprion 1525
May 1, 2009 at 22:54:22
Specs: Windows Vista
I know there are several questions about this
but I haven't seen any solutions to fix any.
There maybe one in the thousands of posts ??

My problem is like others , liquids in the laptop
keyboard (Coffee w/cream and sugar) created
a sticky Shift , Ctrl and Cap Lock key issue. I
popped them off and cleaned them the best I
could but it seems the Shift key is determined
to stick for periods of time and then un stick
I've purchased a new keyboard online but in
the mean time I am using a PS2 / USB
external keyboard , when I plug in the
keyboard it overrode the laptop board but only
for a while then the the laptop board takes over
again. I switched to a different USB port , the
same scenario happens.
I uninstalled the laptop board driver but that
didn't work.
From all I'm reading the keyboard has to be
physically removed to use the external board
without interference from the faulty one.
Any help would be appreciated on a fix that doesn't involve removal of the laptop keyboard
at this time. I know I need to anyway but under
the current circumstances , I can't.

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May 2, 2009 at 04:11:42
I have a Dell Inspiron 2500 with a dodgy key board and use an external PS/2 keyboard. I have never had to do anything with the external keyboard, in fact both are available if I chose to use them.

The same goes with a USB mouse. Just plug it in and both the mouse and the key pad are available. No need to disable anything.

I would check in the BIOS and see if the is a setting to use both or one or the other.


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