Mod Edit: Split from http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/512565/packardbell-easynote-r3-keyboard-not-functioning/ - Hamluis.
I have exactly the same issue on my PackardBell EasyNote R3. Suddently the keyboad works almost never in Windows. F2 and F8 keys always work on startup and allow me to enter into BIOS or try to change boot order, but then I cannot navigate options using other keys. Also if you press Fn (blue key) it allows to adjust volume, bright and contrast of the screen in Windows. But the other keys and mousepad don't work. I've bought my laptop in 2006.
This afternoon I have created a bootable USB that runs Free DOS. Keyboad also does not work.
An external USB keyboard works okay in Windows and does not work at boot time (same issue than the original laptop keyboad, F2 and F8 work).
Edited by hamluis, 20 April 2014 - 05:57 PM.
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