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Microsoft keyboard with fingerprint sensor

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Dbirds, Mar 26, 2006.

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  1. Dbirds

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    I'm currently using the M/S Keyboard with fingerprint sensor, however, it does't 'come alive' during the boot process until the welcome screen comes on. I cannot access my bios nor type any commands during boot up.

    Has anyone had any experience with this keyboard? If that's just what it does, I'll replace.
     
  2. Triple6

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    Its not the keyboard's fault, its the computer's BIOS fault. You need to use a PS2 keyboard to enable USB Legacy Support in order for a USB keyboard to function before Windows loads its USB drivers and enables the keyboard.
     
  3. Dbirds

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    Thanks for your response, unfortunately I'm unable to locate the USB Legacy support switch in my Bios. I'm using Phoenix Award v6.00PG - 10/09/03
     
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    What motherboard do you have?
     
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    I have an Abit NF7
     
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    Your board has an option for USB Keyboard control under Integrated Peripherals. Change the "USB Keyboard Control Via" option from "OS" to "BIOS".
     
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    I found the entry in my bios and changed it from OS to BIOS with no change in the boot process. Unfortunately, my keyboard is still inactive until the final stages on boot up. Is there anything else that might help?
     
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    Maybe a BIOS update...but sometimes somethings that should work just doesn't. If you had another USB keyboard that was another brand you could try to see if it happen with all USB keyboards or just that one.
     
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    Oh, where is the USB keyboard being plugged into? Make sure its not in a USB hub but rather plugged into the back USB ports, try another set of USB ports as I assume there's probably 4 or more on the system.
     
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    To Triple6

    Persistance pays off. I plugged in the keyboard to one of the Mobo's USB sockets and it works. During the boot process, even though the keyboard didn't light up, the keys were active and now I can get into the BIOS. Thanks for your help.
     
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