BIOS Doesn't See Wireless Keyboard and Mouse

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Postby fussnfeathers » Tue Feb 02, 2010 3:47 pm

Also, since you haven't said, make sure the receiver for the keyboard is plugged into the rear USB ports, top ports would be the best. Older USB2 capable boards wouldn't support enough power on the front ports, and sometimes the lower two ports (rare, but it did happen at first) to actually drive the receiver. If you've got it plugged into the front for some reason, or the lower ports, swap it to the upper rear and see what happens.
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Postby OneSpirit » Fri Feb 05, 2010 6:56 pm

I hooked it up in the usb port right under the ps2 port for the keyboard. It was a nice thought though ... thanks for asking. :D
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Postby AmEv » Fri Feb 05, 2010 8:06 pm

If all else fails, keep a 2nd keyboard attached, slide it away, and use the newer one. I had to do it on one of my older machines.

The machine in particular was my HP Vectra VLi8. Ubuntu recognized my Macally keyboard; BIOS didn't. Due to no USB keyboard support, it locked up. So I hooked up a spare PS/2 keyboard, and, BAM, it worked.
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Postby Karlsweldt » Sat Feb 06, 2010 12:54 pm

Has the keyboard been tested on another machine of similar or newer model? If it works properly on that one, then your system may be the culprit. But if the same symptoms exist on the test machine, then possibly the keyboard is faulty. Hope it has a warranty as 'new' and can be exchanged, if so!
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Postby OneSpirit » Sat Feb 06, 2010 5:31 pm

The keyboard and mouse works fine once windows loads ... the problem is I have a dual boot system ... and because the bios doesn't see the keyboard I can't tell it to boot into XP ... it will go into Win7 by default ... If I only had the one OS then there would be no problem ... but I can't use the dual boot unless I have my old keyboard hooked up ... I was wondering about hooking up both keyboards but I figured that would cause some kind of conflict ....
I need to learn about windows 7 but I do like XP better ...
So do you think I could hook up both keyboards? ... or hook up the usb keyboard after I got into windows xp then hook it up, I know I can't unhook the ps2 hookup until the machine is shut down.
I like this new keyboard ... nice, quite, and the mouse is smooth too. But I would like to use them in XP ... window7 won't accept the software ... but it will accept the keyboard and mouse ... so there is no malfunction as far as the keyboard and mouse goes ...
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Postby fussnfeathers » Sat Feb 06, 2010 6:00 pm

Hooking up both keyboards is fine. I use a wireless keyboard/mouse, and a FPS gamepad that's seen by Windows as a keyboard. I can type on both at the same time, if I felt like it.

Let me work on this one after my head stops exploding. I don't think its a BIOS issue. If it were, you'd get a "keyboard not found" error, wouldn't be able to get into the BIOS in the first place, and it wouldn't work in Windows after boot.

Which order did you install the OS's in, how did you partition? In either OS, you can manually set the boot loader to a longer timeout, say, 30 seconds from the default 20, may just be an issue of the BIOS having to take longer to hand over control due to your system config.
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Postby OneSpirit » Sun Feb 07, 2010 10:31 am

fussnfeathers wrote:Hooking up both keyboards is fine. I use a wireless keyboard/mouse, and a FPS gamepad that's seen by Windows as a keyboard. I can type on both at the same time, if I felt like it.

Let me work on this one after my head stops exploding. I don't think its a BIOS issue. If it were, you'd get a "keyboard not found" error, wouldn't be able to get into the BIOS in the first place, and it wouldn't work in Windows after boot.

Which order did you install the OS's in, how did you partition? In either OS, you can manually set the boot loader to a longer timeout, say, 30 seconds from the default 20, may just be an issue of the BIOS having to take longer to hand over control due to your system config.


I do get the keyboard and mouse not found warning when the system boots up ... I can get into the bios using my old keyboard ... but not with the usb wireless keyboard ... because the bios doesn't see it ... but once it goes into win7 by default ... the usb wireless keyboard and mouse works.

I installed XP first ... then 7 ... the boot loader timeout is only 4 seconds ... not sure why ... I used "easy bcd 1.7.2" to change the name from "earlier version" to "windows xp pro" after I did that my boot time was only 4 seconds ... which I didn't see as a problem.

Well it's good to know I can use both keyboards ... thanks for that info.
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