Linked by David Adams on Fri 17th Jul 2009 23:57 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems How does the Alpha Geek establish dominance over the other techies in the herd? With a self-consciously old fashioned, expensive, and fussy computer accessory, of course! We take a look at the Das keyboard and see if it's that much better than the mushy crap keyboard that came bundled with your Dell.
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Comment by Almafeta
by Almafeta on Sat 18th Jul 2009 21:03 UTC
Almafeta
Member since:
2007-02-22

But PS/2 ports are only still around because Wintel PC users are hopelessly nostalgic


(And because Windows Vista doesn't recognize USB keyboards before the logon screen, so ever want to choose among boot options or boot into Safe Mode, you need to get a PS/2 keyboard to do so... but I digress.)

Edited 2009-07-18 21:03 UTC

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RE: Comment by Almafeta
by Johann Chua on Sat 18th Jul 2009 21:16 in reply to "Comment by Almafeta"
Johann Chua Member since:
2005-07-22

Yeah, that's a really weird bug. Lots of new PCs don't even have PS/2 ports anymore.

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RE: Comment by Almafeta
by tylerdurden on Sun 19th Jul 2009 00:09 in reply to "Comment by Almafeta"
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

Huh? then I must have had a "weird" vista version that allows me to pop into safe mode via my USB keyboard.

That, or maybe... just maybe... you have a PeeCee with a buggy or misconfigured bios which does not do the proper handshaking with your USB keyboard at boot time. Hint, hint...

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RE[2]: Comment by Almafeta
by Soulbender on Mon 20th Jul 2009 09:13 in reply to "RE: Comment by Almafeta"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

You BIOS probably has the "Legacy USB" option set and that's why it works.

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RE: Comment by Almafeta
by bluedodo on Sun 19th Jul 2009 00:29 in reply to "Comment by Almafeta"
bluedodo Member since:
2006-03-26

"But PS/2 ports are only still around because Wintel PC users are hopelessly nostalgic
(And because Windows Vista doesn't recognize USB keyboards before the logon screen, so ever want to choose among boot options or boot into Safe Mode, you need to get a PS/2 keyboard to do so... but I digress.) "
That's bullshit learn how to set your bios options, this isn't a windows only problem. Don't use your lack on knowledge as an excuse to bash Vista.

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RE[2]: Comment by Almafeta
by Andre on Mon 20th Jul 2009 09:12 in reply to "RE: Comment by Almafeta"
Andre Member since:
2005-07-06

what's this BIOS option called? Legacy PS/2 Emulation?

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RE[2]: Comment by Almafeta
by Soulbender on Mon 20th Jul 2009 09:15 in reply to "RE: Comment by Almafeta"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

He's technically right though. Most OS's can not use USB keyboards that early.
That can usually be fixed with the Legacy USB option though.

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