PS/2 Keyboard is missing

November 9, 2009 at 00:28:43
Specs: Windows XP
My ps/2 keyboard seem to stop responding for some reason. It started when i force shut off the computer with the light switch because it's plugged in a outlet under a light bulb.

Whenever i restart the computer the lights in the keyboard usually flash but then always stops. I tried uninstalling the driver but no luck. Sometimes the driver would be missing which is the problem even though the keyboard is plugged in.

This is driving me crazy so i really need help fixing the problem so i can type again.


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#1
November 9, 2009 at 01:04:27
ps/2 doesn't need drivers unless you have a keyboard with extra buttons for media etc. Does the board work at boot-up - can you access the BIOS and/or boot menus? If not then first thing you need to do is try another keyboard. If still no go then try a USB keyboard.

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#2
November 9, 2009 at 04:02:34
Yeah the keyboard actually works when I go into the BIOS and boot menus. I just don't know where to go from there. After the boot-up i can type again, then after awhile the keyboard would stop working and vice-versa.

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#3
November 9, 2009 at 13:19:22
Try known good keyboard.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#4
November 9, 2009 at 13:57:42
I'm not exactly sure what you mean.

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#5
November 10, 2009 at 02:07:57
ccutter2, my guess is that it has to do with your method of shutdown. Your computer performs some housekeeping chores at shutdown and if you abruptly kill power to it by turning the switch off, it never gets the chance. See if things improve if you FIRST shut it down via the start button THEN turn off the lightswitch.
HTH.
Ed in Texas.

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#6
November 10, 2009 at 02:56:05
So you mean that the computer needs to be shut down manually then turn off the light switch to save the power completely then the keyboard will be restored. Is that correct because I don't think i've tried that yet.

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#7
November 10, 2009 at 20:56:55
ccutter2, correct. "Your computer performs some housekeeping chores at shutdown and if you abruptly kill power to it by turning the switch off, it never gets the chance." Turn it off first (i use a separate shut down proggie, but the shutdown under START is fine), then turn off the switch.
HTH.
Ed in Texas.


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#8
November 10, 2009 at 23:10:42
Oh i forgot to mention my computer is plugged to a radio shack extention cord with a built in power switch as well. Should i turn that off as well or there's no need to?

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#9
November 11, 2009 at 20:44:26
ccutter2, once you've done the shutdown, it doesn't matter whether you kill power via cord or switch or both. Use whatever's most convenient.
Important thing is to do the proper shutdown. Once done, the machine is same as a lamp.
HTH.
Ed in Texas.

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#10
November 11, 2009 at 23:30:02
Okay then, how long should i keep it off?

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#11
November 26, 2009 at 14:51:02
How long should I keep the computer off?

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#12
November 26, 2009 at 15:43:11
A few minutes. Have you tried a keyboard that you know is good yet?

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#13
November 26, 2009 at 21:30:44
Nah. Just this one keyboard. I know it still works, I can tell by the flashing lights. But it won't stay that way if you know what I mean.

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#14
November 26, 2009 at 21:38:38
I know what you mean...two things you can try.

1. Beg, borrow or steal a know good ps/2 keyboard and see if that fixes the problem.

2. Try a USB keyboard...do #1 first; that way you have an idea if the ps/2 port is a problem.

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#15
November 27, 2009 at 18:27:17
I also have a cable modem connected to my computer. I wonder if I should unplug that as well to save power for my keyboard.

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#16
November 27, 2009 at 18:42:06
Go ahead...it won't make a bit of difference though.

T-R-Y / A-N-O-T-H-E-R / K-E-Y-B-O-A-R-D; why so resistant to such a simple troubleshooting procedure?

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