Solved Keyboard problems 87 key keyboard types numbers for letters

June 2, 2020 at 22:40:51
Specs: Dual OS win8p, linux mint, 128
Because of space in my spare room where I have about 4 computers set up I decided to buy the 87 key keyboards (smaller theirs no number keys on the right side)in place of the 101 key keyboard. Funny thing this computer I set up with dual OS It runs win 8 pro OS and Linux Mint OS, HD is partitioned you choose at boot. The 87 key Keyboard works perfect with Linux and total fail with Windows 8 pro how would you fix this?

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June 2, 2020 at 23:20:37
I looked up in the System Summary Windows 8 pro on my computer under Hardware resources at Input devices shows the Keyboard being a Enhanced 101 or 102 key so this tells me the driver needs upgrading so I did a system upgrade with the 87 key keyboard plugged in there was no change to this reference showing the 101 or 102 key. For sake of argument I plugged the USB keyboard in my windows 10 OS and it worked fine.

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June 2, 2020 at 23:40:50
I'm not sure how windows 8 does the 'add new hardware' search but with windows 10 you open 'device manager', open 'keyboards' and then click on 'action' in the drop down menu. They'll be a 'scan for hardware changes' and 'add legacy hardware' option. Windows 8 is probably similar. Anyway, once you get the 'add hardware wizard' started it should find the different keyboard or allow you to manually add it.

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June 2, 2020 at 23:55:36
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Here's something more specific to windows 8:

Try uninstalling the keyboard and then reboot. Hopefully the OS will find the 87 keyboard and install the correct drivers. If not, try the 'add hardware' search I mentioned above.

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