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    Keyboard - computer compatibility

    Our Gateway PC died and we would like to use its keyboard on our newer HP computer. By any chance is it possible to just plug it in and away we go? Or are there likely to be compatibility problems or complications? Is it at all do-able or is it not worth it?
    So far we haven't tried anything because we didn't want to risk the possibilty of causing problems with our HP.
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    Re: Keyboard - computer compatibility

    DeeJay

    Just to check, has your keyboard got any bells and whistles like volume controls or other? Is it PS2 or is it USB?

    If it is just a standard keyboard it should be perfectly OK.
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    Re: Keyboard - computer compatibility

    Yes, it does appear to have volume controls and CD-DVD controls and internet controls of some kind --- none of which we ever used so I don't know too much about them, other than the fact that the buttons are there. I don't know what PS2 is, but I do know that it is NOT USB. It just has a lot of little pins arranged in a single circular pattern - not quite a complete circle.
    So does that mean it's best not to fool with it? The keyboard that is already on the HP isn't a USB either and it has a volume mute and it looks like some sort of internet controls too.

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    Re: Keyboard - computer compatibility

    You are not going to cause any trouble by trying it! Just check that it does properly all the things you want to do.

    If there is a special keyboard driver installed for the original keyboard you may very possibly have to turn this off or remove it - but you'd have to do this if you bought a new and different keyboard anyway!

    Usually you just lose the special functions which were available on the original keyboard, but since you didn't use them anyway, that's no great loss...

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    Re: Keyboard - computer compatibility

    It certainly sounds like you have a PS/2 connection for your keyboard. One thing to note, make the connection while the PC is turned off. The PS/2 connection isn't visible to the PC when the power is on.
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    Re: Keyboard - computer compatibility

    To make all additional controls work, you must to download and install corresponding software (program).

    Locate your keyboard (by its number on the back of the keyboard) on Gateway website (http://support.gateway.com/support/supinfo...ile=dt_key.html), select Driver Downloads (drivers for Windows 2000 will work on Windows XP), choose Save (remember where you saved it!) and install it from the hard drive.

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    Re: Keyboard - computer compatibility

    Hi; you might be better off to consider Microsoft's Ergonomic Keyboards. One, called the Elite is a pretty much bare bones model, the Ergonomic 4000 has more bells and whistles like a zoom control between the two halves of the keyboard and such a that. Even the 4000 costs less than $60. These are both the kind where the keyboard has an inverted V split down the middle, so it might take a couple of days to get used to it, but i"ve found that the design is far more comfortable to use than a straight keyboard and at least my speed is dramatically improved. The 4000 model also comes with feet that impart a low to the front configuration and that is also very nice to use; with the Elite the back is higher but it still works well. Both of them come with installation CD's and are up to date for use with Vista. Enjoy.

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