Solved Using MS Natural Multimedia 1.0A keyboard on 64-bit machine

March 24, 2018 at 21:59:09
Specs: Windows Vista
I went from a Win XP 32-bit machine to Vista 64-bit, and can't get my old MS Natural 1.0A keyboard to work on the Vista machine. I downloaded InteliType 7.0 from Wade217's suggestions from 9/25/2017 (reposted by Derek; the links contained are stale, and I couldn't find version 7.1), and selected "Natural Multimedia Keyboard" when prompted, but the keyboard is unrecognized, even after rebooting. I did not run the installer with Compatibility mode, because I don't know how to do that. Perhaps the problem is that I'm using a PS/2 to USB adapter, since the Vista machine has no PS/2 outlets for keyboard or mouse. It's disappointing not to be able to use the 1.0A keyboard that has served me well for 12 years. None of the new "natural" keyboards look quite the same. If I get a Win 10 machine, I might try installing InteliType 8.2 Pro to see if the old keyboard will work on that one.

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March 25, 2018 at 02:59:29
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It's the keyboard and adapter that are causing the problem, nothing to do with the Windows version you're now using. So getting Windows 10 won't make any difference.
It's a hardware/connectivity issue.

Many of those keyboard adapters simply don't work, hence as far as your PC is concerned there's no keyboard present. The adapters usually work for mouse conversion but with keyboards it's a different story - very hit & miss.

Easiest fix - indeed the only fix - is to buy a USB keyboard and retire your PS/2 one or sell it to someone whose ageing computer is equipped with the now defunct PS/2 ports.

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March 25, 2018 at 06:34:48
Very true as per phiil22. Even with standard keyboards and some rodents using a usb adapter there were often problems. Some of the adapters simply wouldn't/won't work I have a had a few (usually bought at computer fairs where they were "cheap") and they were total waste...

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March 25, 2018 at 07:09:55
"It's the keyboard and adapter that are causing the problem"

I agree with phil22, the adapter is the problem. There are plenty of multimedia ergonomic USB keyboards available, but they're not cheap. You might be able to find a used one on eBay, Craigslist, or even Goodwill.

Here's the MS Natural Erognomic:

BTW, why did you go from one outdated system to another? Vista is dead last in the Windows worldwide market share at approx 0.6%. It is no longer supported by MS & the majority of the software developers, especially browser & antivirus. Win7 or Win10 (yuck) is the place to be.

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March 25, 2018 at 09:09:12
If you really want to keep that keyboard then install a PCI based controller card. See the link below for one such card.

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April 6, 2018 at 14:22:12
Thanks for everyone's help; this has been an education for me. Yes, the small green PS/2 to USB adapters didn't work, so I tried a 2-tailed "converter" (green for the keyboard and purple for the mouse) and my old MS Natural keyboard is working great, grand total $2.80. Also did a clean install of Windows 7 Pro (to answer riider's question about why I went from one outdated OS to another), and although it was a tedious process (installed about 200 security updates), I learned a lot and Win 7 is working great. Nice to have a current OS where Windows Update actually does something. Thanks again for the advice.

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April 6, 2018 at 15:07:17
Thanks for getting back to us with your solution.

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