PC stopped recognizing keyboards

Dell J916c black keyboard and optical mo...
August 5, 2010 at 02:15:26
Specs: Windows xp
hi guys, not sure if this posted so trying again, my daughter lent on the keyboard whilst listening to a track and since then we have not been able to get the pc to recognise the keyboard, i've tried unplugging and plugging, rebooting, tried another keyboard which i know to be working and still no joy, any suggestions, i'm lost without it?

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August 5, 2010 at 07:16:18
Is this a desktop/tower system or a laptop?

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August 5, 2010 at 07:43:35
my daughter lent on the keyboard whilst listening..?

Are you sure "lent" is not your typo for "lend"? How did she lent/lend on the keyboard and with what?


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August 5, 2010 at 09:46:48
Perhaps... leant (past tense of lean - at least in the UK and parts of the Commonwealth - where they dun stil writ an speak propa English like..; while south of Upper/Lower Canada - who knows???

As opposed to lent (as in loaned something) - or even Lent - (church festival)...

But we digress.. still need to know model and style of PC???

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August 5, 2010 at 09:49:58
"tried another keyboard which i know to be working and still no joy,"

That almost sounds like it could be a tower, but then again who knows? The dell j916c is a wireless keyboard and mouse combo.

Isn't it lovely when they tell you nothing about their PC? Guesswork could take days

"It's hard to soar like an Eagle when you are flying with Turkeys"

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August 9, 2010 at 15:53:58
They don’t have to be experts in grammar. They don’t post to be ridiculed .If you don’t understand the problem go on to the next one. Because you make your selves Look the more foolish, and drive them away from this site. That’s just not cool.The rest of you might consider saying this instead. Please try to give as much detail as possible. However, the rest of us need to remember that most of these people don’t have clue as to what information we need in order to help them. No offence just remembrance, without spell check I would be screwed. But you won't find too many techs out there that can even compete with me.

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August 9, 2010 at 16:54:59
You’ve done every thing I would do except you need to get a USB keyboard plug that in, and try it. If that does not work, you have a virus. Download Avast antivirus software. They have a free evaluational antivirus software “you should able to do all of this without a keyboard, though you may have to save this page to a disk by
1 Click file at the top of this page.
2 Click save as
3 Click save.
4 Go to My Documents find your page, and right click on it.
5 Then click copy.
6 Put a blank disk in the CD/DVD burner/drive.
7 Now open My Computer
8 Select the CD/DVD drive and right click
9 Click paste

Now you have a disk that will get you to this page, without a keyboard. Put it in the computer, that has the problem.

10 Open the disk from my computer,
11 Then open this page and click the link Below


After it installs simply select the scans tab and schedule boot scan and click restart. sometimes streaming music can be dangerous to your computers health. I love the boot scan from Avast. Because it loads at boot up and scans before the rest of the operating system and often times the virus hide them selves as system files avast gets them before they can load and block your typical antivirus software Before it can find them in its scans, and stop them.

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August 10, 2010 at 15:47:42
Quote: "...But you won't find too many techs out there that can even compete with me...."

mmm - self praise is "sometimes" a safe/OK recommendation; basis of much legitimate advertising etc.. But when seemingly coupled with arrogance - one might be inclined to wonder just a wee bit...?

Logically if the system was "OK" previously; and had an anti-virus util installed and current definitions also installed - not an unreasonable presumption (to us mere mortals...) - then not very likely to be a virus issue (but not impossible).

However the poster "clearly"(?) states that the problem arrived "after" the keyboard was leant upon? Prior to that apparently all was well with it? At least that's what the rest of us here - "clearly less qualified and clearly less experienced" - seem to have read/understood?

It may be that a setting was disabled somehow as a result of whatever transpired (bios detail perhaps; registry entry perhaps; who knows what...); and thus any bog-standard ps2 keyboard will not work.. - until that is rectified (setting/s restored)... Last known good config - a wild/long shot - might resolve it, might not; but again who knows (apart from The Shadow...)?

It is only fair of course to acknowledge that the usb keyboard test is not bad idea/suggestion...; although I have my doubts; but worth to try...

Over the few years I've been across IT - from dos3x onwards... - I've come across all manner of odd causes and effects with assorted kit... Likewise so have many others here - none of whom would presume to present themselves as in the last line of your post (#5) above...

That presents like a Hollywood B-movie "fastest gun in town attitude..."; and such posers seldom lived long in most of those movies?

Meanwhile - back at the ranch... - until the original poster comes back with more info... one is simply "guessing"... as to what/why etc.?

You points re' grammar etc. are of course valid. However if occasionally we don't attempt to preserve the structure and form of the language we use... (and I suggest that no one situation is exclusively off limits at all times..), then it will decline into meaningless and confusing gibberish in due course... And then asking for help here, and elsewhere - and actually receiving it... - will become even harder for both providers and recipients?

Goes back to chair on porch outside the saloon, or maybe the marshal's office; tips chair back a little against the wall, tips hat over eyes, and snoozes - until...

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August 10, 2010 at 16:27:46
"the rest of us need to remember that most of these people don’t have clue as to what information we need in order to help them"

My mistake, I actually thought that there was a message when posting that says, "please post everything in detail you know about your problem" as well as the PC specs.
I guess I'm missing something. NP

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August 11, 2010 at 09:24:19
This guy has been giving out questionable advice since he joined CN - that was just a few days ago. Besides the bad advice, he's also listed his yahoo address & his phone number in a couple of threads. You would think a tech with such vast experience & knowledge that no one can compete with him would be knowledgeable enough not to list personal info in an open forum. May his inbox be loaded with spam & his phone inundated with calls form idiots, telemarketers & perverts.

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