thanks bumpkin and Jollyjohn
the suggestion of trying a PS2 keyboard makes sense. I'll have to borrow one.
I'm already using a wired USB keyboard. I presume the Windows 8 DVD doesn't load USB drivers to run it ??
the problem regarding accessing the BIOS is my USB keyboard only works once Windows is up and running, so I can't use delete or F12 etc to access BIOS
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