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    Dead Keyboard

    Had a friend use my machine - suddenly, the keyboard went dead. He mentioned that he may have hit something that turned it off - but can't find how to restart it - trried rebooting and the on-screen keyboard worked fine. I wiggled the connection - lights came on then went off - no lights on the keyboard, no response with the cap lock or the number lock. It is a standard Dell keyboard.

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    Re: Dead Keyboard

    Have you tried shutting down, then unplug the keyboard connector to check that one or more of the pins are not bent or broken? You might also "blow" the connector and the socket, either manually or a can of compressed air, to make sure no dust particles are present. Now reboot the computer to see what happens. Often the BIOS will tell you if it can't load the keyboard. You probably ought to locate/borrow a spare to try, attempting to ascertain if the Dell supplied KB is really bad.

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    Re: Dead Keyboard

    <img src=/S/hmmn.gif border=0 alt=hmmn width=15 height=15> "Hit it" sounds ominous. Is it a standard PS/2 Dell Keyboard or a USB. type
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    Re: Dead Keyboard

    standard dell non usb. When I start up, the lights flash - but its still dead.

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    Re: Dead Keyboard

    Hi Big Al,

    Will try right now.
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    Re: Dead Keyboard

    <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15> maybe your friend should come clean and tell what their action was that caused them to turn off your k/b. may give me a clue
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    Re: Dead Keyboard

    Hi Jerry,

    Alas, he has left - this occurred last evening and I am just getting to it this am. It IS annoying - hermits rarely have visitors and so this is even more grim than my usual operator errors of which there are many. It is possible, I suppose, that it simply died. If there is not a series of strokes that awakens it . . . I don't know. I have tried to go into the troubleshoot and properties dialog box - when I click on either, there is no response. There appears to be no driver updates. I don't know. I really appreciate your help, though.
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    Re: Dead Keyboard

    Sounds like it's broken to me. I would just replace it. Keyboards are rarely expensive.

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    Re: Dead Keyboard

    The fact that when you wiggled the connection & the lights came on & then off again seems to suggest a connection issue. Try switching the PC off, and plug the keyboard into the mouse PS/2 socket & vice versa. Switch on again & see what happens...
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    Re: Dead Keyboard

    Wiggling the cable to get momentary lights on and off, says cable trouble to me.

    I've seen 101 key PS2 keyboards for $5.95 US, or even swap shops have them free.
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    Re: Dead Keyboard

    All of the above posts seem valid -- most likely, it's a bad connection. You might want to make sure there isn't a small on/off switch on the bottom of the keyboard. A few keyboards have these switches, and they can go bad, esp, if the keyboard has been dropped, etc.

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