Laptop Keyboard works in Bios, not Windows

  PsuedoGeek 19:14 27 Jul 2008
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When I boot my Acer laptop, the keyboard is dead. However, if I go directly into Bios, or load the OS from a bootable CD (Acer's Recovery Disks), the keyboard works.

Here's the sequence of events that I tried after a HAL.dll failure.

1) Booted from home-made Recovery CD ... HAL.dll error continued

2) Ordered Acer Recovery CD's

3) Booted from Recovery CD and re-built system. Keyboard and mouse touchpad work during entire installation. System reboots and begins initialization process ... prompts for computer name ... keyboard is dead.

4) F-disked C & D partitions. Created single C partition. Performed item 3 again. Same results.

At this point, I'm very confused. I don't understand why Bios and Windows are using two different methods of retreiving information from the keyboard.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  PsuedoGeek 19:16 27 Jul 2008

In addition to the keyboard being dead. I have to hold down the power button for 2-3 minutes or remove the battery to power down the machine now.

  woodchip 19:16 27 Jul 2008

Check BIOS settings for Keyboard, it may be classed as USB enable all USB in the BIOS

  woodchip 19:18 27 Jul 2008

Check BIOS settings for Keyboard, it may be classed as USB enable all USB in the BIOS

PS why not also try a USB keyboard or PS/2 if you have a socket to connect it to. Just so you can get the Laptop one to work

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