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Inoperative keyboard my computer keyboard cannot be detected by my computer, i've tried several solutions but to no avail

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  • Donna Rogers
    Donna Rogers May 11, 2010

    What brand and model keyboard are you trying to use? If it's too old to plug and play, it won't work.



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Keyboards are pretty standard, I've even gotten old AT style keyboards to work. If it can't be detected by your computer I would suspect either a bad port or a broken keyboard. The exception would be USB keyboards. They have to be enabled in the BIOS and even then there can be a short delay before they are initialized by the system.

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