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I want to change keyboards

I don't like the keyboard that came with this Inspiron 519 bundle. I would like to use the enhanced multimedia PS/2 keyboard which came with my older Dimension 2400 desktop. I tried two different PS/2 to USB adapters, but when I plug the keyboard into the USB port, the new Inspiron boots up saying no keyboard attached.

Am I missing something? How do I get the Inspiron 519 to utilize the older PS/2 keyboard?

Thanks in advance

richard

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Try checking in the BIOS, (F12) when the PC turns on.

some of them have a tickbox/toggle on/off switch for utilizing the PS/2 Capability.

beyond that, try having both the USB mouse plugged in as normal, and also plug in the PS2 mouse via the USB to PS/2 Converter dongle.

so when the PC starts, it doesn't have a fit saying no keyboard is attached, and once you get into windows proper, it will detect your PS/2 keyboard for the next time you boot windows.

Basically i am trying to say, you have to have a keyboard already in so the keyboard error (Press F1 to continue) doesnt occur, but you have to be in Windows itself to detect a NEW (old) keyboard.

To make matters more convoluted, you cannot plug a PS2 device into a PC while the power is on. it will not work. I cannot say 100% for certain however, if using a PS/2 keyboard with a USB dongle will allow you to plug it in while the power is running, but i would imagine not, considering you are asking this question in the first place!

good luck!

Posted on Jul 11, 2010

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Hi Richard,
most enhanced keyboards need a specific driver to run.
Go to the manufacturers website to download the driver. or search on Google.
You might also have to enter BIOS (accessed when the computer is booting..look for a message that tells you how to get into BIOS, or look in your user manual). Often it can be accessed by pressing the DELETE or F1 key just after you power up. The option in BIOS you may have to change is something like "enable Legacy support for USB".
Have you tried looking in the Dell support website? As you just recently(?) bought this, you can ring up Dell support centre and ask them to help.
Cheers,
Steve

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