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So.. to get through BIOS on a new PC I assume I can't use a USB Keyboard?

#1DeltronFFPosted 10/22/2013 7:41:24 PM
I was given a PC my friend built and i'm trying to set it up from scratch right now. First screen is to enter Bios.. DEL = BIOS setup F11=Boot Menu.

I believe all I have are USB Keyboards... so am I doomed to wait til tomorrow and see if one of my friends have an old school keyboard (forget what those plug ins are called.. something like PS2)? It makes sense I guess that it doesn't recognize a USB port yet since nothing has been installed yet.. but damn that's frustrating. I guess I shouldn't have gotten rid of my old ones.

Anybody know a way around this? If not.. I guess tomorrow.
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#2DV8ingSourcesPosted 10/22/2013 7:44:20 PM(edited)
Any modern system should detect usb devices at boot. I haven't used a ps2 connection in a decade or more.

Maybe the front usb ports aren't hooked up right and that's what you're trying to use? Try using a back port that's directly mounted to the motherboard.
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#3NicodimusPosted 10/22/2013 7:46:36 PM
I had an issue building my PC where USB 3.0 ports didn't work right away, but 2.0 ports did. If there are 2.0 ports, make sure you're using them to rule out this problem.
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#4ZalteraPosted 10/22/2013 7:46:48 PM
I tend to have more trouble with USB 3.0 than USB 2.0.
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#5dustybottoms7Posted 10/22/2013 7:46:57 PM
Yeah, a USB keyboard should work fine
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#6DeltronFF(Topic Creator)Posted 10/22/2013 7:57:12 PM
I've tried every port.. there's 2 in the front, 5 in the back. No luck.. the caps/num/scroll lock lights don't come on. I'm on the very first screen when turning on the pc w/nothing installed, wanting to take me to BIOS if I hit the corresponding keys.. but it's not recognizing.

I have another keyboard I will try, but still a USB. This is pretty lame.. talk about going from a high to a low. Anyway.. I have windows 7 disc, is there a way to boot from CD and install windows and skip all this for now? That's my last resort.. otherwise I'll see if a friend has an old keyboard tomorrow, or have my friend who built it come over and check it out.. I admittedly don't know very much about the situation.
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#7LordSeiferPosted 10/22/2013 7:58:59 PM
yes use the other keyboard, no reason a use keyboard wont work.
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#8arleasPosted 10/22/2013 8:03:24 PM
Just for situations like these, you might wanna invest in one of these handy dandy adapters....

http://www.amazon.com/PS-Male-USB-Female-Adapter/dp/B0037FFD9I

I had a keyboard ages ago come with one of those and it came in handy right away as the BIOS didn't want to recognize USB devices without being set first to recognize USB devices or something like that... After setting the bios properly it worked fine with USB keyboards though.
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#9DeltronFF(Topic Creator)Posted 10/22/2013 8:09:39 PM
arleas posted...
Just for situations like these, you might wanna invest in one of these handy dandy adapters....

http://www.amazon.com/PS-Male-USB-Female-Adapter/dp/B0037FFD9I

I had a keyboard ages ago come with one of those and it came in handy right away as the BIOS didn't want to recognize USB devices without being set first to recognize USB devices or something like that... After setting the bios properly it worked fine with USB keyboards though.


hmm i feel like I should have one of those around here actually.. I know I've owned one in the past. Either way.. i tried other keyboard (i know they both work), no luck in any of the ports. taking all my strength not to throw a tantrum.. have the night off and planned on being up a while w/the new pc. a god damn keyboard is going to ruin this? lol.. it's 2013 and a usb keyboard is an issue?
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#10DV8ingSourcesPosted 10/22/2013 8:11:19 PM
Well if you are willing to get down and dirty you can try to reset the cmos. It might fix the issue but its very strange that it wouldn't accept it by default. How old is this machine? Do you know what the motherboard model is?
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