Problematic Digital laptop

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I have a Digital HiNote VP laptop (model TS30H) that has a keyboard problem.

The specs are a Pentium 200MMX processor, 32MB RAM, 3.4GB hard disk, floppy drive, and a 20x CD-ROM drive.

Initially the keyboard worked, but when Win98 was installed, the keyboard stopped working afterwards. The only key that does work is the F2 key to go into Setup. After Setup is open, nothing works.

Any suggestions?

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external keyboard?

Since the odds that only the F2 key works are very small, I'd bet it's a software issue. Try an external keyboard to check this.

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Strange

It appears that the keyboard works for a few seconds. Once you enter the BIOS or let it attempt to start the keyboard decides it no longer wants to work.

Same result with an external keyboard, and a PS/2 keyboard connected to the USB port.

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Re: Strange

bfutrel wrote:

It appears that the keyboard works for a few seconds. Once you enter the BIOS or let it attempt to start the keyboard decides it no longer wants to work.

Same result with an external keyboard, and a PS/2 keyboard connected to the USB port.

If you could boot to a floppy or cd I'd recommend any of a number of BIOS reset utilities. There's a chance that someone changed a bios setting or two. Alternately, I'd check around and see if you could get an updated version of the bios for your laptop, flash it and see if that repairs the error. Sometimes (OFTEN) stupid crap like that does the trick where problem solving wouldn't.

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return to sender....

I took them back to where I got them from this morning. There was a problem with a pair of electrical sockets in the wall, and now more than half of the ones in the computer room don't work.

Their owner said that they had talked to someone who used to work on them and said that there was a jumper that could be used to reset the computer. Where this jumper is I do not know.

They have about 10 of these little beasties. Some worked OK until 98 was installed. After they were shut down, the keyboards became unresponsive.