[rescue] Best brains: Dead keyboard ports on PC hardware

Sridhar Ayengar ploopster at gmail.com
Tue Jun 19 09:32:35 CDT 2007

Phil Stracchino wrote:
> Geoffrey S. Mendelson wrote:
>> On Tue, Jun 19, 2007 at 09:02:45AM -0500, Lionel Peterson wrote:
>>> When USB is "disabled" at the MB level, the OS won't se the USB hardware 
>>> attached (the port is, uhm, "disabled").
>>> Besides, there is no conclusive statement that the MB supports USB keybaord/
>>> mouse at the BIOS level if it were enabled...
>> Stick in a USB PCI card that is supported by W2K. When it boots, Windows
>> will see your keyboard and mouse.
> That's worth a try.  I think I may have a PCI USB2.0 card around here
> someplace, if I can just find it.  I thought of putting in a PCI PS/2
> card if I could find such a thing, but was concerned that even if I
> could, it might conflict with the existing failed hardware.  The USB
> card idea might well work, though.

I had thought of this, but I hadn't made the suggestion, since the last 
time I tried that sort of thing, I believe that the BIOS support for USB 
keyboard and mouse needed to be turned on even for a USB keyboard 
attached to a USB PCI card.

Peace...  Sridhar

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