One of my flock complained that generic replacement keyboards for his 'Vista Dell desktop would not function. It seems that the original keyboard had a dud letter [K]- This model is an all UJSB machine [no PS2]- so he purchased replacement board and although the computer came up - new hardware- it did not actually function- so he went and purchased another, this one with an installation disk[presumably for extra buttons] Once more the machine acknowledged new hardware- but the board does not function He is to E-mail me with full detail of machine model and details of the replacement boards. Meanwhile any early thoughts please
and keyboards as follows The Computer is a Dell Inspiron 530.
The offending Keyboard is a Cherry Model No. G230.
The new substitute Keyboard is a Sweex PS/2 with disc. I have tried using the disc but get no response.
The other Keyboard,which is not new and does not have a disc also gives no response. This Keyboard is a Logitech Office Internet Model This one also has a PS/2 plug and is connected like the other one via a UBS adaptor.
There are different USB adaptors for mice and keyboards most are marked with icons looking like a mouse or a keyboard but some have just the letter M or K they are not interchangeable
I have in the past tried to use older PS2 keyboards with the correct USB adaptor mostly they work fine but a few have stubournly refused to work with the usb adaptor at all though they work fine on PS2
USB Keyboards are ridiculously cheap to buy provided you stay away from the big brand name ones
The last time I looked at some in Tescos at least one half way decent looking one cost less than a fiver
I bought one of their cheap (£4.99)ones and it was OK but the response from some of the keys was a bit erratic and needed quite a firm press to register, resulting in some unusual spelling at times. Having said that it may have been a one off as their optical mouse(s) are perfectly OK.
I too have had problems trying to use the USB adaptors supplied, most of which won't work.