Keyboard could need replacing. Try connecting a USB external keyboard and see if it works. If it works okay, you need to have the laptop keyboard connections checked. Replace the keyboard if connections appear to be okay.
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It sounds like someone is playing a prank on you, but normally it is easily fixed.
Open your control panel and here you can find Keyboard and Mouse. In those two, you can change the permanent settings for your mouse and keyboard.
Hi, You dont specify weather it's a ps2 or a USB keyboard. First try setting your bios back to bios default. If it's a USB keyboard make sure all USB ports are working in device manager. If its a PS2 keyboard(round plug) try using a USB keyboard which can be bought for a few dollars.
This could be a possible hardware issue. You can try to use an external USB keyboard and check if the keys are working or not. If you do not have an external keyboard, you can try to use the onscreen keyboard. To do this, go to start>programs>accessories> accessiblity and then choose on-screen keyboard. Open a notepad and try to use the keys which are not working using the onscreen keyboard. If onscreen keyboard works fine , then you need to get the keyboard replaced.
Please go to start menu> then programs> accessories> accessibility> onscreen keyboard. Open a notepad and try to type using the onscreen keyboard. If the keys are working using the onscreen keyboard, then you need to get the keyboard replaced. You can contact Dell if your system is under warranty.
The keyboard and touch-pad are connected to an internal USB interface, If no USB interfaces are working at all this suggests that the USB host controller (a physical computer chip) has failed.
You can try a chip-set reset; disconnect both power and battery and hold down the power button for 30 seconds (timed), this will reset all chip settings to default and discharge any static buildup but this is in no way guaranteed to fix the problem.
If the laptop is still under warranty arrange for repair.
In the mean time most of the Aspire 5100 series have a PC card slot on the side so you could use a USB or PS2 host card to connect a keyboard and mouse.