Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums

Switching USB to PS/2 Keyboard fails ?

  1. #1

    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 ?

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2

    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    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

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3

    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.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Switching USB to PS/2 Keyboard fails ?
Related Threads
hello, i have a windows 8 laptop with a azerty- keyboard layout, recently i bougt another laptop which has a qwerty-layout. my problem is that i use my microsoft account to log in to the computers and so the keyboard layout keeps switching automatically to the last laptop i used. is there a...
Hey All, I am constantly infuriated by the switching between keyboard with Windows Key + Spacebar. I have tried everything I can think of to disable it, including googling and searching these forums... to no avail. I need to have both languages on my computer, but I constantly accidentally...
Running Windows 8.1 and File History was working OK for my computer, actually on two different computers worked just fine. (I never could get File History to work with Windows 8). Then suddenly this feature just up an quit. Got a little "red" flag in the Action Center. Using the control panel an...
Laptop: Dell Inspiron 17RSE 7720 | 3rdGEn i7 3610QM CPU | DDR3 2x4GB RAM 1600MHz | nVidia 3DVision Enabled 17-inch screen running on 2GB GDDR5 nVidia 650M GT (3D enabled with NO optimus) SATA Mode: AHCI Hard Disks: 1. 32GB mSATA boot drive (Only windows core files and programs installed on it)...
Hello, I have an Asus Eee 1015PEM running Windows 8. Today the keyboard started switching (or not typing) certain letters. For instance, in the middle row: a=2, s=4, d=e, f=(nothing), g=t, h=(nothing), j=(nothing), l=l It doesn't seem to be an issue with NumLK (I've tried every...
On the gaming PC that I'm fixing for my son's friend, the WEI fails to complete, and fails the "video" portion... could the old 9800 GTX 512MB video card be failing? I've installed the newest nVidia drivers and all seems to running well, but I can't use WEI to get a baseline before I start tweaking...
I really liked the alt shift and its the one i've been using for YEARS... now they changed it to win key + spacebar Is it possible to change it back? Thanks
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook