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Switching USB to PS/2 Keyboard fails ?

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    Switching USB to PS/2 Keyboard fails ?

    Hello all,

    I installed my Windows 8 preview with an USB keyboard that is now broken.
    I replaced it by a logitech PS/2 keyboard I had around.

    That logitech keyboard works well while in the BIOS. But as soon as windows finishes starting, the keyboard is unusable. the numlock led is lit but doesnt switch off if I press numlock. It works when connected to my laptop.

    I tried to uninstall the USB keyboard in system and reboot : same problem.
    Tried to scan for hardware changes but nothing is found.
    Tried adding a legacy device, but keyboard drivers are not included.

    any ideas ?

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    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,374
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10

    Hi there
    you can get a USB==>2 PS/2 sockets adaptor. Very cheap -- around 2 - 3 USD for the cheaper ones.

    I use this sometimes because I prefer the old IBM keyboard -- White keys with black letters -- much more readable than the 99.999% of modern Black keyboards with white letters.

    You don't have to plug a ps/2 mouse in -- just plug the keyboard slot in.

    Here's a link. Amazon UK have these but I'm sure they can be sourced elsewhere too. usb ps/2 adaptor: Electronics & Photo

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    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64

    Try checking your bios and look for an option for the PS/2 keyboard power. You may need to disable Fast Boot to see it, don't remember. Whatever it is set to, try the other one.
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