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What is wrong if my computer keyboard stops working? I've tried both wireless and direct wired, neither work. Checked Control panel status-all reports show keyboard functioning properly. What's up?

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  • rschneider14 Oct 02, 2010

    So far no luck. I'm using wirless mouse and keyboard. Both work off same transmitting device. Mouse works fine. I've changed batteries in the keyboard, reset, swapped usb ports, ...etc. Mouse still works in all situations, not keyboard. Plugged in hard wire original keyboard that came with computer,( hp Compaq ) in the back of the hard drive. Still no luck.

    Checked keyboard status, as you sudjested, it says "the device is working properly"

    What's next?

  • rschneider14 Oct 02, 2010

    I tried this already! Did you not get my response?

  • rschneider14 Oct 02, 2010

    I have changed ports around. I have tried other devices, ( ipod, camera, blackberry ) All work.
    I don't understand why the wieless mouse works and keyboard does not. The keyboard does not work even when it is plugged in directly ( 5-6 pin connection not usb ) to the hard drive.

  • rschneider14 Oct 02, 2010

    Mouse and keyboard opperate off same usb transmitter for wireless components. Mouse works fine, why not keyboard?



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The first question i have for you is it a USB keyboard? if so are you you using the exact same usb port for the wireless key bored?

If so its very possible that your usb port or card or driver has gone bad. If you have any other usb devices try switching them to the usb port that your using, or try switching your keyboard to a different usb port. For example if you have some on the front of your computer move it to the front or vise verse.

You can also right click on my computer, go to properties then hardware tab, then device manager, scroll down tell you see your usb controllers and you can see if they are all working properly here.

If they are not try getting a new driver or you may have to replace the usb card. If you don't have a usb card and its on *********** bored, you may check into getting a usb card for a cheaper fix.

Good luck

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    Norman Oct 02, 2010

    What about changing around and trying the usb ports? Do other devices other then the keyboards work in the usb ports, such as a printer ect?

    Other then going to and searching for "Microsoft service pack 3""then the os your using" and downloading that from microsoft and installing it. The only other solution if you still dont get any response from the usb port from any device is try finding and downloading the drivers for it or replacing the usb device cause it may be damaged, because one or the other keyboard should work.

  • Norman
    Norman Oct 02, 2010

    Ok, then its possible that your normal keybored is broken, but you need to reinstall the drivers for the usb keyboard. Your usb ports are fine. Sorry just sometimes it takes some back tracking to come to a solution.

  • Norman
    Norman Oct 02, 2010

    1.If you plugged your keyboard into the mouse port (or vice versa), follow steps 2 and 3.
    2. Shut down the computer and plug the keyboard into the keyboard
    port. The keyboard port is usually marked with a "keyboard" symbol.
    Plug the mouse into the mouse port (usually marked with a mouse symbol).

    3. Reboot the computer; the keyboard should work now. If keyboard
    doesn't work, check your BIOS to make sure the BIOS recognizes the
    keyboard. You should see the words, "installed" or "enabled" under the

    4. If the BIOS recognizes the keyboard but it still doesn't work, you may have a bad keyboard port.

    Other then that, if you have recently installed a new device, or installed some type of new software one of the drivers is just over ridding your keyboard driver allowing it not to work. One other thing you can try is if you have someone that will let you borrow their keyboard do so. OR try using your keyboard on their computer, but it really shouldn't be the keyboard itself that is damaged.



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