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External keyboard hookup issue

I have been using a D600 for several years at home and on the road, and gave the docking station to a coworker over a year ago. No worries until recently when less than optimal ergonomics at home finally caught up to me. The machine has no PS2 ports. I have a wireless mouse with a receiver that connects via a USB port, but no good way to connect any of the keyboards I currently have. I do have an adapter that receives PS2 connection on one end and plugs into the serial (not USB) port on the other end - but I can't get the machine to recognize the external keyboard when connected this way. Is there a way to do it, or do I have to go find a wireless or USB keyboard?

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  • p_kies Jan 22, 2009

    I'm in the BIOS screens, and I see the serial port is mapped to COM1. At the bottom of the screen it says I can change values with the left and right arrows, but they don't seem to do anything. Any idea what would prevent me form being able to edit these? The adapter connects to the laptop right next to the power cord and the D600 user guide says this is the serial connector. I think I need to tell the machine that there is a keyboard on COM1, but I have no idea how. Search for hardware doesn't find it and device manager says COM1 is working properly.

  • p_kies Jan 26, 2009

    I gave up and got the port replicator back. Finding drivers for the com port and an old keyboard was next to impossible without knowing exactly where to look for them. The bulk of the drivers I could find on the net were for newer PCs, newer keyboards or different equipment entirely. I guess it's all about selling new equipment and nobody cares about making laptops compatible with old peripheral devices. Without a PS2 port on the back, you either have to buy the port replicator or a USB or wireless keyboard

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Yes, you can establish your serial port in BIOS With the use of USB ports on computers the serial and com ports are not set up many times. Upon start up and before the windows login screen will see which key to hit to get into BIOS. It is usually an F# key. Once inside BIOS look for ports and toggle until the serial port is showing up. That will establish your serial port.

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    Randall Trahan Jan 22, 2009

    For your keyboard: if the PlugnPlay does not pick it up then you can go into Control Panel and use the Add/Remove Hardware option to install it. But you will need the disk with the drivers on it. If you have the drivers or if you can download them then your system will pick up your keyboard. I was under the impression you already had the drivers loaded. The device manager will not recognize it nor will your keyboard work until the drivers are loaded.

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