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Solved: Disabling the built-in keyboard.

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by SneakySir, Jun 21, 2007.

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  1. SneakySir

    SneakySir Thread Starter

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    Hello.
    I have a problem with my laptop (Dell Inspiron 9100) running Win XP Pro SP2.

    After an accident including the computer's keyboard and a glass of cool water the CTRL key is now constantly being pushed down.
    Actually the key isn't really stuck, but something must've gone wrong with the wiring underneath, because the computer thinks the key is being pressed down constantly, rendering the keyboard useless for typing (which is a real big shame, as that was just the thing I generally used it for).

    So my question is this: Is there some way in Windows to completely disable the built in keyboard on my laptop so I can plug in an external USB keyboard and use that instead until I can get my computer fixed?
     
  2. shivpatelssp

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    As far as I can get!

    1. Start
    2. Control Panel
    3. Administrative Tools
    4. Computer Management
    5. On the side menu find Device Manager and click it
    6. Find the section Keyboard and double click it
    You should find that it has the standerd built in keyboards listed.

    This as far as I could get. Hopefully you or I can finish this of.

    Bye!
     
  3. SneakySir

    SneakySir Thread Starter

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    Yeah, I've gotten that far too, I even managed to uninstall the driver for the built in keyboard, only problem is, Windows auto-detects the driver is missing and automatically reinstalls it without asking... I need it to stay disabled. :C
     
  4. shivpatelssp

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    You could locate the file for all drivers on the C:\Windows directory. This will be real hard to do and you have a great chance of deleting a file for the screen, mouse, or something else you didn't want to delete. I will try to research this problem.

    See-Ya!
     
  5. cmw2010

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    You can get a replacement keyboard from Dell for $20.00. Dell Inspiron 9100 they are very easy to install.
     
  6. SneakySir

    SneakySir Thread Starter

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    Yes, I'm going to get a replacement keyboard for the computer. I was just hoping I could disable it as a short-term solution until I get around to it.
     
  7. cmw2010

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    You could try unplugging the onboard keyboard from the laptop.
     
  8. kiwiguy

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    Agree with the above, you would have to physically unplug the keyboard.
     
  9. SneakySir

    SneakySir Thread Starter

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    I don't really feel confident enough to start dismantling the computer on my own, so I'm just gonna send it in for service as soon as possible. I was kinda hoping there was a solution in windows.

    Anyway, thanks for your time everyone.
     
  10. The Hound

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    Sorry-the keyboard's picked up in BIOS, and I haven't found a BIOS yet (I've been looking since you started the thread) which allows disabling the internal keyboard. Even a Microsoft Key mapping utility won't allow the crtl keys to be changed...
     
  11. SneakySir

    SneakySir Thread Starter

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    That's OK, I've marked the topic 'solved' and I'm ready to move on. I'll just replace the damn thing.

    Sorry for your trouble.
     
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