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I have a Dell Optiples GX-520 which does not have any PS/2 interfaces. The makes it necessary to use USB keyboard and mouse. Problem, it doesn't recognize the keyboard before Windows XP starts, then it is too late to hit F2 to enter setup. F2, F12, etc., do nothing during boot prior to windows loading. How can I enter the setup?

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You can go to a discount store and buy a P2 keyboard for when you need to fix your computer, but an easier option is to go to an electronics store and ask them where you can find a USB to PS/2 converter, I have one on my computer that allows me to access setup before Windows loads. Hope this helps.

Posted on Mar 17, 2011

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  • captduck Mar 17, 2011

    This Dell Optiplex GX-520 "does not have any PS/2 interfaces".
    Connecting a PS/2 keyboard is not an option. I have several PS/2 keyboards but there is no way to connect them without an interface/port.

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    Idahoodini Mar 17, 2011

    I'm sorry I was under the impression you were talking about your Keyboard when you said it did not have a ps/2 interface. If I find a solution I will get back to you ASAP

  • captduck Mar 17, 2011

    I solved the problem by buying a new USB keyboard (actually a wireless keyboard and mouse).
    The old USB keyboard that wouldn't work was pretty old and the computer wouldn't detect it until windows started.

    Thanks for the help.

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