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Keyboard Incompatibility?


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#1 doglover888

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Posted 16 May 2006 - 09:40 AM

I have a Dell Pentium computer (tower) that came with a Dell keyboard. The keys are very hard to press & tire my fingers out. I have an HP keyboard I tried to swap out. But the tab key won't work when I put it on my Dell. It worked on the HP so I know that's not the problem. Are there any tricks I can use to make the HP compatible with the Dell?
My fingers are killing me. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I'm fairly computer illiterate so try to be elementary in your help.

Thanks! Lisa

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Posted 16 May 2006 - 11:30 AM

Hi doglover888!

The only thing that comes to mind is that perhaps there were drivers installed on the dell that ran the keyboard. This might screw up the HP keyboard that you're trying to use. If there are drivers installed for the dell keyboard, uninstall them then plug in the HP keyboard (and install drivers if needed). You should be able to uninstall any drivers for them from the "Add & Remove programs" option in the control panel.....it's just a matter of finding the correct ones to remove :thumbsup:

If either is a specialty keyboard (media keyboard etc.) than they'll require drivers for all the extra functions to work. I should think that dell drivers wouldn't work well with an HP keyboard :huh:

Alternately, keyboards are fairly inexpensive. You might want to consider going to your local PC shop, or a Walmart (or where ever, even order one online) and picking up a new one and using it.

Hope this helps! If not, let us know and we'll go from there! :huh:
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Posted 16 May 2006 - 12:25 PM

Thanks so much stevealmighty! You're a genius & a sweety to help me! That worked. I have so much to learn about computers.

Lisa

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Posted 16 May 2006 - 01:17 PM

Thanks so much stevealmighty! You're a genius & a sweety to help me! That worked.
Lisa


Thank you Lisa! This quote just might become my new sig :thumbsup: Can I get one of the mods here to witness this please, so that everyone knows I'm not making this up :huh:

Just kidding! Glad to know that I helped (moreover that it worked out for you!).

If there's anything else, just post back and let us know!
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