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Keyboard problems MY keyboard has a few lights on at the top on certain buttons which have to do with music, but the actual keys that you would use to types are incapable of use. I can tell there is a connection between the keyboard and computer through this, but perhaps the keys are locked? I've tried to troubleshoot the problem, but the hardware doesn't show up as listed... it's very confusing. I've also tried reconnecting and checking the ports and restarting the computer. ----- The model is a Dell Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition.

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Re: Keyboard problems


I like to inform you that multimedia keyboards has no lock or special connection other that USB or PS/2 connection. But special multimedia keys can be assigned by its software. Make sure if you have the CD came with the keyboard if you dont have it still chance exist that you can go to manufacturer's website and obtain the software utility

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