Posted 19 December 2006 - 11:08 PM
No need to open the computer case. Just plug that faulty one back into your computer AFTER you boot up with your new one, and see if your keys are active or not. If they're not after plugging it in, wiggle on the wire while your trying to type something, using NotePad or such.
Note: Doing this with the computer running will pose no threat what-so-ever to your computer. It'll either recognize the keyboard or it won't. And if it doesn't, just plug in your new one while the computer is running, and you'll know for sure if it's your keyboard or not.
Also note: If your keyboard works in more than one other computer besides yours, then there is an issue with your keyboard being connected to your computer, which I highly doubt to be the case. Try to get a few friends or such to try it.
Worse comes to worst, take it to a place where they sell computers, and they have them up and running, and ask them if you can plug in your own keyboard. Don't tell them you're troubleshooting, because they may have an issue with it. If asked, just tell them that you're used to that keyboard you have, and you'd like to see how it'll feel to you using that computer.