Question about Dell Dimension 8250 PC Desktop
This is an older model so it is probably a ps/2 connector(purple) which you will have to turn off the computer 1st, plug it into the purple slot on the back and then turn on the pc.
Try the keyboard on another computer, if it works it is not the keyboard. If it doesn't then chunk it and get a new one.
You could get a ps/2 to USB and use that if the keyboard works. You shouldn't even have to buy one, as I am sure that someone you know has one of these converter plugs lying around.
If it DOES work and you have plugged it in accordingly to the original computer it is possible that the slot is faulty. Get a can of air and blow out the slot. If it still will not work then replace it with a USB keyboard and be done with it.
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When you use your HP laptop for work or just to surf the Internet, it's very frustrating when the keyboard locks up.
It can also be expensive if you need to hire a professional to fix your keyboard.
Luckily, whether you know what caused the keyboard to lock up or not, often with advanced troubleshooting you can solve this problem yourself.
Power your laptop off completely.
Take the battery out of the laptop. Typically the battery is located underneath the laptop towards the top.
Leave the battery out for 30 seconds.
This will allow the laptop to refresh itself.
Put the battery back into the laptop.
Power your computer on.
Once your computer has rebooted, check to see if the keyboard is working.
Open the "Start" menu on your laptop, if the keyboard is still locked up.
Click on the Control Panel.
Go into the "Accessibility" options.
Open the tab labeled "Keyboard".
Make sure none of the boxes have a check in them.
If the laptop has Microsoft Vista as the operating system, go to the "Ease of Access" option and go to "Change how your keyboard works."
Make sure none of the boxes in that section are checked.
Click the "Save" button.
Exit the Control Panel and begin typing to see if the keyboard is now working.
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Nov 08, 2012 | HP Pavilion dv6000z Notebook
The two most common input devices for the Dell Inspiron 1525 are the keyboard and mouse.
Although the mouse is an almost indispensable tool in navigating through programs and websites with your laptop, the keyboard offers quick shortcuts to open and manipulate files and information.
An unresponsive keyboard can indicate a deeper problem and require troubleshooting to narrow down the cause and find the proper solution.
Laptops are collections of complicated computer components and sometimes a file or two can become damaged and affect the way the machine behaves.
The first action to perform when things aren't working right is to reboot. When your laptop restarts, it essentially resets all the files and programs to the "starting" position and corrects any small errors that may have occurred during the last session.
Eliminate Conflicting Hardware
With an almost unlimited number of accessories, programs and software available for your 1525, it's possible something else installed on or connected to your computer is interfering with its ability to properly communicate with the keyboard.
Shut down the laptop and disconnect everything attached to it.
Power up and test the keyboard.
If it works, start reconnecting each accessory, one by one, until the keyboard stops working. You've found your culprit.
Try External Keyboard
To determine whether the problem exists in the keyboard itself a hardware problem or with the software that controls keyboard function, attach an external keyboard and see if it works.
If it does, the problem with your 1525's keyboard may lie in the keyboard itself, such as a loose cable.
If the external keyboard doesn't work, the problem may lie with the operating system's software that controls keyboard function, such as the drivers.
Sometimes a laptop will stop functioning properly due to out-of-date drivers or other software. Always check Microsoft's website for any updates available for your operating system and check Dell's website for updates to the drivers and BIOS installed on your system.
In many cases, installing the latest updates will help correct issues and keep your system working smoothly and efficiently.
Check for Damage
Physical damage, such as a liquid spill and short circuits, can prevent the keyboard from operating properly.
Any amount of liquid spilled on your keyboard can cause a short circuit to the components and a sticky beverage such as juice or soda can cause the keys to stick and become unresponsive.
Clean the spilled liquid from under the keyboard fix sticky keys.
Laptop repair shops can do this for you if the task is out of your comfort zone.
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Oct 23, 2012 | Dell Inspiron 1525 (dndppa1_3) Intel Core...
Disconnect and reconnect your computer keyboard, then restart your computer.
Sometimes a poor connection can result in keys not working on your keyboard
Update the device driver for your keyboard by going to the manufacturer's website of your keyboard, and then download and install the latest driver matching the brand and model number of your keyboard.
Disconnect your keyboard from your computer and inspect the pins in the keyboard connector if you have a PS/2 connector.
The PS/2 connector for your keyboard has six pins, which connect into a PS/2 port of your personal computer, to allow for communication to and from your keyboard.
Straighten any bent pins you may find, by gently using a ballpoint pen.
You must replace your keyboard if you see broken pins.
Try testing your keys using a different application, such as another word processing program. Keys like the function keys on your keyboard labeled F1 through F12 may not work in one application but will work fine in another.
Clean Under Desktop Keys
Disconnect your standard desktop keyboard, then press down on a key not working.
Slip a car key or a flathead screwdriver underneath the key.
Twist the screwdriver or car key until the keyboard key pops off.
Use a damp cloth, moist cotton swabs or compressed air to remove dust, hair, and food crumbs under the key.
Use only water or rubbing alcohol to moisten the cloth and cotton swabs---other cleaners can damage the plastic of your computer.
Position and press down on the key to snap it into place.
Repeat this for all of the keys to clean underneath them, if necessary.
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Oct 14, 2012 | Unotron S5100KG Keyboard
There are some basic steps that you can take to make sure that your wireless keyboard and mouse have the best chances of working.
First and foremost, replace your batteries.
This is the leading cause of failure. Strong batteries are vital if your wireless keyboard and mouse, including Microsoft, Logitech, and other brands, are to work correctly.
Weak batteries can be frustrating to deal with. Sometimes the mouse or keyboard will work fine, and sometimes they start acting odd.
This is where the jerky and slow motion problems can show up. The problem is that Alkaline batteries can provide plenty of energy at first, even if they are worn down.
After a few minutes or hours of use, however, they lose their capacity and the jerky problems can start up. You may even deal with it, then walk away from the computer for the rest of the day (such as leaving your office).
While you are gone, the batteries regain some of their capacity. The cycle repeats itself until eventually the keyboard or mouse do not work at all.
Another common problem is that the receiver for the wireless keyboard or mouse can be too far away for them to work. I have personally seen cases where the mouse works if used on one side of the mouse pad, and not the other.
This was due to the distance of the mouse from the receiver being too great when on the far side of the mouse pad.
The same can be true of a keyboard.
This will also cause the same jerky motions to a mouse, and missed keys on a keyboard.
The solution to this problem is to move the receiver closer to the keyboard and mouse. If the receiver is of the USB fob type (similar in shape to a USB memory stick) then you can buy a USB extension cable and place the fob closer.
Perhaps placing it next to the monitor would work best. If the receiver has a tendency to fall behind your desk, a small, clear piece of scotch tape will hold it down, and will be one hundred percent removable if you decide to move it later.
If your wireless keyboard or mouse have a desktop receiver, try moving it a little closer.
You may also need to press the "connect" buttons on the receiver and also underneath the keyboard and mouse.
If they have an on/off switch you should turn them on and off.
Hopefully this article will help you to fix your Microsoft wireless keyboard and mouse slow, **** or lockup problems.
If not, check with the technical support and Frequently Asked Questions sections of your manufacturer's support website.
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Sep 04, 2012 | Lenovo IdeaCentre Computers & Internet
rather doing a driver hunt which can take hours
it might take some time being a freeware driver solution
note: it will find all of your outdated drivers
this is a free driver solutions
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Jul 30, 2012 | Computers & Internet
To install your keyboard or mouse:
To install the device driver from the Gateway System Restoration Kit:
The keyboard does not work
Make sure that the keyboard cable is plugged in correctly.Remove all extension cables and switchboxesTry a keyboard that you know works to make sure that the keyboard port works.Clean the keyboard by using an aerosol can of air with a narrow, straw-like extension to remove dust and lint trapped under the keys.Try a keyboard that you know works to make sure that the keyboard port works.Reinstall the keyboard device driver. For more information, see Installing the device driver.
A keyboard character keeps repeating
Make sure that nothing is resting on the keyboard.Make sure that a key is not stuck. Press each key to loosen a key that might be stuck, then restart your computer.
Liquid spilled in the keyboard
If you spill liquid on the keyboard, turn off your computer and turn the keyboard upside down. Let the liquid drain, then let the keyboard dry before trying to use it again. If the keyboard does not work after it dries, you may need to replace it.
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