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Q: Solved: hard key on keyboard

I have a Sony Vaio laptop. Just recently the V key has become hard to press. You just can't tap it, like the other keys, you have to push it. But it will make the contact and type the V (or successfully paste with CTRL V). Can anyone give me an idea as to what may have caused this and how to fix it? If it was a normal keyboard I would pop the key, clean out from under it and replace the spring (if it had one). This is an older laptop, had it since 2007 and I bought it used then.

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Windpows XP is not picking up either on startup everything loads but can not use them any ideas on a easy solution?

Cheers Everton.

A:[SOLVED THE HARD WAY] Keyboard & mouse not working!!

What sort of keyboard and mouse do you have? (wireless?...USB?)

If you have a USB keyboard and mouse, there may be a problem with XP and your USB drivers...the same applies to wireless.

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Windows 10
Start - Settings - Ease of Access - Keyboard

Everything here is off. If i turn on the On-Screen Keyboard no keys are Highlighted (indicating they are depressed/stuck )
When I use the hard keyboard and sometimes even the onscreen keyboard its as if either Ctrl, Alt Win or something are pressed down as it just types shortcuts.

-H- typed into chrome browser address bar via onscreen keyboard types as normal
-H- typed into chrome browser address bar via hard keyboard brings up -Chrome://history- But now also on the onscreen keyboard Ctrl is Highlighted.
I click on the onscreen keyboard to deactivate the now highlighted Ctrl button and try again. Now things are different, as now both the onscreen keyboard and the hard keyboard both bring up ?Chrome://history- when -H- is typed ( Shift is not depressed )

This seems to randomly cycle one min onscreen keyboard works fine, next the keyboard works fine or they either work or none of the work rendering the computer useless.

I cant help feel it?s a software issue but im no pro and I don?t have an additional external keyboard to try but as the onscreen and hard keyboard work ok for a while sometimes I assume something is up and that?s what brought me here.

Hopefully this is clear enough to be understood and to help others who may have the same issue.

Thank you so much for your time.

In -Device Manger ? Keyboards-
The keyboard driver is dated 2006 so tried to update the driver but s... Read more

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Hi Gang,

I used to have a black MS Natural Elite keyboard. It went bad after a couple of years so I am using an ivory version I had in storage. Now that one is going bad too. I can buy a new one online, but that would be quite pricey. I can buy a used one for considerably less money but I wouldn't know what defects I would be purchasing so I am asking are there other keyboards out there that are shaped the same? Where are they? What do I ask for?



PS. Here is a picture of what i am using now. How do I get this shape:

A:Solved: Need a keyboard like the MS Natural Elite Keyboard

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My friend is getting the above message when trying to boot up he has xp home. I cannot get into the bios or safe mode. There are 2 options press f1 to continue or del for setup neither works because the keyboard does not work. I have tried a keyboard that I know works and get the same message. His dvd rw drive is also not working but that is nothing to do with this problem its never worked for a while even before this problem. It is computer made by tiny which went out of business, he has a reload disc but with the drive not working cant use it. Unless I can get hold of my sons usb external rw drive which I will try to do tomorrow. I dont know if it will work though as the computer is not going very far into the post. I have to put the reload disc in whilst attempting to boot up. I am thinking this could be a hardware problem,He had problems with his ps/2 ports a while back so his keyboard is connected by a usb to ps/2 adapter. can anyone help. Thanks.

A:Solved: keyboard error or no keyboard present

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So, the issue I'm having here is that if I press a key, 2+ keys will appear
Changing Languages don't work
Please help me!

A:Hard to use keyboard

Have you tried using a different keyboard.

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I am an gamer and i use my laptop .My problem with keyboard are :
-key qweryuioasd are not working with up left down rigt arows, after about 2h of playng with sxzc as gamer is switching automacly and key zxcvbnm 123456789are not working
-sometimes all keyboard are working and when i play for about 30min wadf are stop working .
-sometimes instwad of S is F1, A is F4 and so on.... 
Please help me with thise mather and i wil help others...

A:Hard keyboard problem

Do you have Fast Boot enabled?  [It's under the advanced power settings.]
If so, turn it off [uncheck the checkbox], do a full shutdown, restart and see what happens.  I just had a client having the most bizarre problems with his keyboard and this was ultimately how it got solved.

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Brand new computer ,,,I have to press very hard to type and oftentimes the first letters do not appear, also when scrolling down a list, the list disappearsbefore I can choose...very frustrating. any suggestions?

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I bought a 23" screen to use with my spectre x360. I want to use my laptop as a keyboard. When I fold my laptop the hard keyboard is innactive.  Could someone tell me to re-activate the hard keyboard? Thanks in advance

A:Using hard keyboard when laptop folded

Hi, Looks like you put your computer to sleep when the lid closed. I'm using on an external keyboard and mouse (wireless Logitech) with my loan HP x360 right now. The x360 is connected to a 23" monitor using HDMI cable and the lid closed. My set up is similar to             https://turbofuture.com/computers/How-To-Run-Laptop-Computer-While-Closed-WIth-External-Monitor-Scre... Regards.

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Hi all, I'm having a hard time picking a new key board. So I thought I would put it out to all of you.

I have a few key requirements though, they are as follows:
1)Lighted keys
3)needs to work with mint, windows(XP,Vista) & Ubuntu

I have Googled, Looked at Newegg and Amazon and I keep getting the same end result.... Logitech K800:approve::slurp: Link to Logitech page: http://www.logitech.com/en-us/keyboards/keyboard/devices/7288

So after that I would buy it but the price is a bit higher than I wanted to pay. However it would be the best fit for me..anyway I wanted to know if any of you know a better site,brand,ect that I could check out before I get paid

A:Picking a new keyboard is hard to do. Any thoughts?

This is one that covers all the point you asked for;

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There is a problem with a friend's laptop keyboard. It is said that he had to press on the keyboard key hard for it to register to the computer. Upon removing the key cap, pressing on the gasket and also exhibits the same problem as well. In comparison, a key without the problem require very little force on the gasket for the key to register.

Is the problem with the gasket itself or underneath?

A:Keyboard key needs to be pressed hard to work

Laptop keyboards are easy to replace... and not too expensive

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Where can I find a hard plastic keyboard cover? One is pictured below at the bottom of the page:


I've been on the internet looking and I can't find anything. I've searched Ebay and Google. Can anyone help?

A:Where Can I Find A Hard Plastic Keyboard Cover for my PC?

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One day while using my computer i noticed my mouse stopped working which is plugged into my USB port. After investigating i realized my USB ports were giving power but my computer was not recognizing them. My keyboard still worked since it was plugged in the old Keyboard input however when i went to get an old mouse to plug in the mouse input it still wouldn't recognize it. My Control panel wouldn't open the "Mouse" menu either. After awhile i went back to try my computer and noticed now the Keyboard wont even work. Thinking it was a port issue i took my extra computer and just plugged the hard drive into the extra one and now i have the same problem so I'm pretty sure there's something wrong with my hard drive. I have no idea what to do since i cant log in or anything. Please Help.

A:Hard Drive not recognizing Mouse, Keyboard, or USB

Never connect or disconnect mice and keyboards that have the round PS/2 connectors without first turning off the computer.

Have a local friend who knows about computers take a look at it.

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I just installed a new k8m800-m7a motherboard. After installing it the computer ran fine. After the first shut down it has no power to the fans, hard drive or keyboard. I have replaced the psuand the power switch. I also used a different power cord. I cleared the cmos to see if that would help but nothing. The board seems to be getting power at least when i plug in the internet the light comes on. Can anyone give me some advice of something I am overlooking.

A:no power to keyboard, fans, or hard drive

please read the guides before posting common questions.


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I installed a new hard drive on Dell Inspiron 1501 Laptop, started up and got to the "Press Any Key to Continue" message on black screen, but when I press any key nothing happens.

A:After hard drive install keyboard not working

Please do not start multiple threads on the same topic. Continue here.

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My dead T410 turns on only if I kept pushing hard on under the Alt button of the keyboard. When I leave it free it turns immediately off. I guess there is a loose connection but i cannot find out what. Where should i focus? What is the most common issue ?

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Hi. I have problem when trying to remove a USB connected disk drive; whenever I click on the icon in the bottom right of the task bar and choose the device to eject, once it's removed I also lose my USB keyboard - I have to manually unplug it then replug it to get it working again.

I only seem to have this problem with this particular drive, my USB stick doesn't provoke this problem.

The hard drive is a rather old Maxtor 60G, NTFS.

Weirdly, the mouse, which is connected by USB through a port on the keyboard, continues to function normally... The keyboard is from Apple, the aluminium Apple model. I never had this problem with Vista.

Any Ideas?

A:USB hard drive ejection killing keyboard

Hi gabor, that's a really weird problem!.....
Have you tried to eject it from Explorer??

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Hi there,

I have had my Satellite X200-25H for well over 18 months but one of the problems I have always had is with the keys on the keyboard. I find often needing to press hard on the keys in order to type.

It is really annoying and I want to know if others have had similar experience with there Satellite Laptops (in particular the desktop replacement models) or have I been very unlucky with mine. Is there a cheap fix for this?



A:Satellite X200-25H - Hard keys on keyboard

Hi buddy,

To be honest I never had such a problem. In my opinion the keyboard on Toshiba notebooks works like on other notebooks. In my opinion everything is ok.

But if you think it?s not ok, contact an ASP for help. There you can get a replacement part?

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Just lately, my mouse cursor will all of a sudden freeze up, for about 5 seconds and then start moving again. But it then starts changing cursor shapes...goes from pointer to text entry then changes to a horizontal text entry. It also seems to have a red shadow around it when it starts doing this. I also notice my keyboard freezes up...can't change Num Lock, Scroll Lock or Cap lights.
I started looking in the event viewer to see what was going on during this time and it seems that event viewer always has the same Error:
Event ID: 14
.....source nvlddmkm cannot be found.
When this happens, I try to log off out of my user account but the issue seems to stay with me back into the login screen because it doesn't come back up...the screen just goes blank and then the monitor goes into a sleep mode, (I/O button on monitor starts flashing.) At this point I'm locked out and must push the computers start button to shut down power. Of course when I reboot, I'm presented with the Windows Error Recovery screen.
I also noticed that now when I log back into my user account, the HD light stays on steadily for a long time and everything loads slowly. I have CCleaner running at startup and it takes 5 minutes to even start the cleaning process. Once things are back up, eveything seems fine until the mouse starts freaking out again.
I just pulled my CPU fan off and cleaned out the cooling tower fins. I pulled out the ... Read more

A:Cursor/Keyboard Pausing, Forcing Hard Boot

This is a problem with the NVIDIA drivers.  Have you recently updated your video drivers?
If so, try rolling back the drivers to the previous version and seeing if that solves the problem.
I have seen a number of reported problems with recent updates to these drivers.

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I have Windows 7 installed on my new computer, but my firewire audio card and also some software wouldn't work properly with it, so I put my old hard drive with Windows XP installed on it into my new computer.

I can boot up Windows XP from the second hard drive at the bios screen bit, but when it gets to the log in screen, the mouse and keyboard will not respond. I have tried multiple mice and keyboards including the old school style non-USB keyboard. The keyboard works fine to press F12 to get into the boot menu etc but then just stops working completely when XP is loaded. I assume its some kind of driver issue or something like that but I'm pretty useless with computers and I have no idea how I can get my mouse and keyboard to respond in XP

Please if anyone knows how let me know, thanks!!


A:Booting XP from second hard drive Mouse/Keyboard problem

I was thinking about maybe if I copy and pasted all the drivers from my C: windows folder into the windows folder on my D: drive (old hard drive). Maybe this would let my mouse and keyboard work? I'm a bit worried though it seems like the kind of thing I do that seems like a logical idea but actually screws up my PC

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Hi,I am planning to order a P-51 laptop and I have made up my mind on which options I would be going for, which is listed below from my cart... Now there is an option for me to choose a first hard drive, 500GB HDD 7200rpm, for zero cost, in addition to my ordered 1TB SSD as a second hard drive...  My main concern is that I need to make sure that you will install windows on the 1TB SSD, and NOT the 500GB HDD... Is that an option...?! I am afraid that if I order the 500GB HDD 7200, that you will install windows on it, since it is labled "First Hard Drive"... This is why you will see that so far I have not included the 500GB HDD in below configuration. Also, is there a chance to get Arabic letters on my keyboard?!..  in addition to the English letters of course... Hope I make some sense in my question...Thanks.Sameh  Processor : Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6 Processor (4 Cores, 8MB Cache, up to 4.20GHz)Operating System : Windows 10 Pro for Workstations 64Operating System Language : Windows 10 Pro 64 for Workstations EnglishDisplay : 15.6" FHD (1920x1080), IPS, 10-point multi-touchMemory : 32GB(16+16) DDR4 2400MHz ECC SoDIMMGraphic Card : NVIDIA Quadro M2200 4GB GDDR5Base : NVIDIA Quadro M2200 4GBColor Sensor : With Color SensorCamera : 720p HD Camera with MicrophoneThinkpad Pen : ThinkPad Pen ProKeyboard : Backlit Keyboard with Number Pad - EnglishPointing Device : 3-button TrackPoint pointing device and 3-button multi-touch touchp... Read more

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Good evening,I've purchased a Lenovo ideapad 700 (a pretty high performance laptop) almost one month ago and in this month i've noticed a very annoying issue, the keyboard stops working randomly.In one month this happened 6-7 times, no one of  the keys responds and the only way is to Hard shut down pressing the power button for 10 seconds, then it returns back to normal.Fact is, i use this pc also for gaming and i press keys pretty fast, is there a combination of keys that shut down the keyboard completely?  Is the driver outdated/corrupted? Am i pressing keys faster than processor's response time?Thanks if everyone want to reply, btw i'm really considering the possibility to return the product if the issue is not resolved.

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I want to know definitively if this PC would be able to accept and use a wired keyboard and wired mouse?

A:Can a Touchsmart PC IQ775 use a hard-wired keyboard and mous...

Hi, The following link shows its specs    http://support.hp.com/au-en/document/c01168366 It has 3 USB ports at the back. Yes it can use USB keyboard and mouse. If you use them separetly you need 2 USB ports (which ever way). My suggestion: if you wish to use wired kayborad amd mouse, please buy one set which allows you use one USB port othrwise you need two ports. Regards.

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Hey guys,
I have been having an issue recently with my mouse/keyboard staggering a lot with significant noise from my computer like something is running.  I checked resources but everything is minimal.  I am running Windows 8.1 Pro.  I have a Logitech wireless mouse and keyboard which I replaced the batteries in the mouse thinking they could be dying, but that didn't work. The Keyboard is a solar charging keyboard and has good battery.
I did notice today, but have not noticed before that when this was happening, the windows maintenance was running.  I stopped it, and it took a while to get the mouse back to normal again.  Don't know if this is a coincidence or not.  
My computer has a 4ghz 8 core amd fx processor and 32 gb of ram.  The skipping or staggering is happening randomly, sometimes at idle, sometimes when putting slight load.  But there is no way I do anything that will stress my specs out to cause staggering which leads me to believe that it has to be some type of infection.  
Can someone walk me through a process to find out?  I have Avast, Malwarebytes, and Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit running for protection.  I ran Malwarebytes and Avast and didn't find anything, which doesn't surprise me.  I realize that no program is full proof and each have their strengths and weaknesses so I am sure I am still vulnerable somewhere.  I also realize a clean install is probably going to be the bes... Read more

A:Mouse/keyboard staggering and cpu running hard at idle

Are you running more then one anti-virus scanner in a real-time protection never run more then one anti-virus software in a real-time protection if you do then your network and computer will slow down even your mouse. Also have you try reinstalling the Mouse driver.

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Driving me a bit nuts. Been through the error log and thought it might be an apple related problem but I can't make heads or tails of this as it does not link to any program or event. Any help is greatly appreciated.


A:Mouse & Keyboard freeze require hard boot

Welcome to SevenForums.

We need your help:

Update your SevenForums System Specs
User CP (located on the top menu bar) |
Your Profile | Edit System Spec (left-hand column)

To gather info, use Speccy (my favorite) or SIW or System Info

In the System Manufacturer Block, enter:
? Manufacturer and Model OR Custom build.
? ADD the word laptop, desktop, netbook or tablet.
For example:
Toshiba Satellite L305D notebook.

Provide full windows version info, for example:
MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Use the ?Other Info? block for Optical Reader,
Mouse, touchpad, wifi adapter, speakers, monitor, etc

Scroll down and click on SAVE CHANGES.

With Speccy, you can select with your mouse/touchpad info from the display
and paste that info into your specs.

SIW is a marvelous program, but the free version does not offer
this capability.

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I am having a issue with my father's desktop pc. He has an HP Pavilion p6310f:
AMD Athlon II X4 630(2.8GHz) Quadcore Processor
6GB of memory

Anyways, this computer has run perfectly the past 2+ years we've had it until tonight. I have been borrowing the keyboard that came along with it (wired USB kb) at night for my laptop, as I spilled coffee on my wireless one and haven't replaced it yet. Several times today, the Pavilion would "freeze up" and the only way I could get it to shut down was by either hitting CTRL-Alt-DLT, then unplugging the kb or manually turning the PC off. The third time I went to restart it I got an error stating:
"Checking file system on C: The type of the file system is NTFS, volume label is HP. One of your disks needs to be checked for consistency"

So, I allowed the chkdsk to run and when it got to about 40% complete it started saying things like "deleting such and such file on label xyz etc....". It did this for about 2-3 minutes. By the time the OS finally loaded we got multiple error messages that Adobe and several other applications were corrupted. I opened up the "HP ADVISOR/HP TOTAL CARE application that comes with the computer and it mentioned several things needed to be fixed and downloaded. It got halfway thru that and gave me and error saying:
"at HPAssistant.Data.dsActiveCheckRes.load ACResults(String filterCategory, Boolean include Ignored)".

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A:Several hard drive system errors after disconnecting and reconnecting a keyboard

also, we tried boot from a restore disk my dad already had and the cd-rom drive doesn't even try to load it

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I am going to read the tutorial online. My keyboard not working was really the major problem, Thanks for being here and I apologize for taking up a thread like this. May the Lord bless you all.

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Dear HP, I am ex-Employee of HP worked for many years and big fan of HP. I bought HP Pavilion P001tx in Nov 2014.question;1. Can you exchange or upgrade keyboard with backlight one?2. Can you exchange or upgrade keyboard Normal Hard Disk 1TB with SSHD 1TB? WebCam is too dull... Thank you. 

A:Keyboard upgrade and hard disk exchange for HP pavilion P001...

Here is the Service Manual: Manual None of the optional keyboards is backlit so there is no port on the motherboard for a backlight cable and no part to install.  Yes, the hard drive can be replaced with any 2.5 inch wide and 9.5 mm or 7 mm thick SSHD or full solid state drive. See p. 105 of the manual. It is a pretty involved thing to do but can be done. Post back if you need more help.  If this is "the Answer" please click "Accept as Solution" to help others find it. 

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My Seaget external hard drive sometimes starts up at random and the keyboard and mouse become either completely or intermittemtly inoperable for a while - maybe 15/20 seconds. Is there a Setup setting I can invoke to prevent this? Seems to me the PC should hace commend of all funcrions.

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So I plugged a mac keyboard into my pc laptop and now ....

Some of the keys in my laptop keyboard work and some end up typing something completely different than what they are.

Anyone know how to fix this? I googled for a solution and couldn't find any results

A:Solved: Plugged a keyboard into my laptop. Now my laptop keyboard doesn't work

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My system completely freezes up with no warning. It makes no difference what I am doing at the time. It has happened whilst using Word, Excel, Our Sage Accounts programme, on the internet, using internal documents. It has pretty musch done it whatever I am doing. Can anyone please help as it's driving me crazy

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I have successfully installed windows 10 ToGo on harddisk attached to keyboard dock(Removable) of my Asus Transformer.
But it doesn't boot even when I go to Boot options of motherboard of tablet and choose to override boot to windows ToGo Hard drive ,Nothing happens.
Is it even possible to boot from hard drive in keyboard dock?
Take surface 3 Tablet dock for another example.

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Dropped my cell phone on the right hand side of my keyboard and in front of the keyboard and my laptop instantly rebooted. Each time I reboot, it takes a very long time. When I finally login, I can see all my files but they take long to open. I did the F12 diagnostics and it gave me error message: 2000-01 42 for my hard drive not working.
It seems so strange that dropping something so light on my keyboard could cause this much damage! Could there just be something that disconnected?  Is there anything I can do to save some recent photos from my computer? Any recommendations on saving files or restoring function would be appreciated!

A:Dropping cell phone on the keyboard caused hard drive failure?

The drive needs to be replaced - yes, a sudden shock to the drive -- even a seemingly minor one - can destroy it.
To attempt recovery, remove the drive from the system, mount it in a USB shell, and attach it to a working system.  You may be able to recover at least some data. If you cannot, there's always the option of professional data recovery, though the cost isn't inconsiderable -- it'll start at $600 or so and can easily escalate rapidly beyond that.
Something like this is what you'll need;
Once the drive is replaced, be sure you purchase a backup drive - and keep backups going forward.

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My G50-80 laptop is facing issues with keyboard.When booted initially, only few keyboard keys work. While other keys cannot be entered, Enter key doesnt work. At the same time, same keys dont even work from on-screen keyboard either. So I cannot even enter my password.I can hardly login by clicking forgot my password, then again switching back to login page, suddenly keys start working! while being logged on, same keys problem reappears, this time I again use bypass to logout and login.Then keys start working.Pleaseee can some one help for this issue.My OS is windows 10. 

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Hey Guys,
I have a Dell XPS 600 with 2 160GB hard drives that mirror each other and would like to be able to reinstall the operating system but I'm not sure how to configure the RAID option. I would like to reinstall the O.S. either on one and keep the other as storage , or keep them mirrored and reinstall the O.S. I am using original Dell XP Media Center Edition 2005 disk. Thanks

A:Solved: Hard drives mirrored, need to configure raid for one hard drive

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My 150 gig hard drive seems to have died. It was in an external enclosure and it was an ide Maxtor drive. One day when I turned it on, there was no connection sound in Win7, and the external drive enclosure had a red light...not the usual green it becomes when the computer 'sees' the drive. I was waiting for just 2 more months to at least backup the drive when I could afford some blank dvds. So, I hooked it directly into my motherboard internally and Win7 still doesn't see it, even in 'disk management' under System properties. Is there anything I can do to get my data back? Any programs I can run? Any ideas?? Thank you for any help. =)

A:Solved: the Death of a Hard Friend (is my hard drive dead???)

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hello admin, i nid ur help. after the liquid spillage on my laptop my built in keyboard stop working except the shift, function keys and enter are still working..i tried the on screen keyboard but still the same as the built in keyboard and then i tried my external keyboard but nothing happens..so my last option was to reformat my laptop but i cant sign in on my accnt because my key letter on my laptop doesnt work.. plss help..

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Here is my problem. The letters on my keyboard don't match what is showing up when I type. For instance the middle row is supossed to be a s d f g h j k l but I get a o e u i d h t n s. If I go to the on-Screen Keyboard the layout of the keys are completely different than my actual keypad. Please help, I have tried to fix it but nothing changes.

A:Solved: Solved: Keyboard letters are all messed up

That's a Dvorak keyboard.
See here to change:

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RE: "The problem when I got to user account to change pw (I am the only on on my pc) when I go to change it the first thing happens is user account goes in to not responding then I get this message Unsupported Keyboard Layout Then it tells me on how my pw will not work on preboot security which I don't have on then it tells me to view a list of keyboard layouts it goes to not responding right away never get keyboard lay out screen. then I get password you typed does'nt meet requirements." (Earlier post by Damdog in closed thread).

The way I solved this, since I had no need of HP Protect Tools and no install of the product was available, was simply to uninstall HP Protect Tools.

In general I find the fewer HP "added value" tools installed, the greater the value.

BTW I can speculate my original problem was caused by an overenthusiastic Malwarebytes or Adwcleaner.

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I had a thread earlier and forgot to ask a couple of questions.

I was told I could take a hard drive from a windows 98 computer and the person is buying a new Windows xp so I can hook up the win 98 hard drive as a slave to the new computer with win xp so I can drop and drag or cut and past files that they want off the 98 hard drive put on their new computer.

Now If their new computer with the win xp on it, if there is an ide cable going to the hard drive and nothing else then I can hook up the win 98 hard drive to the same ide cable as a slave and no problem.

However if the windows xp computer has the hard drive on the ide cable and also the cd-rom then is it ok just to hook up another ide cable to their mother board and hook the hard drive from the windows 98 computer on the end of that ide cable as the master? and by turning the computer off, and then hooking up the hard drive and then turning the computer back on it should reconize the windows 98 hard drive in my computer right away right?

If I would have to put the windows 98 hard drive in the new computer on a seperate ide cable is it ok to have it as master? cause the hard drive that is already in it would be master to but it would be on a different ide cable.

I am hoping the new computer just has the hard drive on an ide cable by itself so I can just hook the other one up as a slave and get the files and be done with it.

How ever if someone could give me a couple or three scenario's with ide cables and hooki... Read more

A:Solved: windows xp hard drive with win98 hard drive-question if someone has time??

Yes - you understand it correctly

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I REALLY hope someone out there can help me with this!

I have a failed hard drive/ stuffed partion, and i DESPERATELY need the data from it!

A computer was brought into me with two hard drives. The owner asked me to set up a duel boot with vista and XP on the first hard drive, and to leave the second hard drive alone (its his backup drive with all his photos, movies etc) I was working away as per usual, when i noticed the second hard drive was no longer coming up in Windows Explorer. Well it was, but not correctly. whenever i clicked on it it said 'would you liket to format the drive?' obviously, i didnt want to do that.

I ran Partition Magic 8.0 which showed the drive was only 8Gigs (it should have been 1T or 1000Gigs) Partition Magic also said there was a problem with the drive and offered to fix it. I agreed, however there was no change.

I've run a number of programs to try and fix the drive:
Acronis Disk Director Server 10.0
Partition Table Doctor 3.5 Demo
Dtidata Partition Repair Tool
Recover My Files v3.98

However, all the partition repairers claim that the drive is only 8 Gigs, and they can go no further. All the File Recovery Programs will only scan for 8 Gigs, and thus, i can not recover my clients precious photos and videos.

The BIOS comes up as recognizing the drive as 33Gigs?

I really REALLY need the data from this drive! Does anyone know how to fix my problem?

Thanx heaps in advance,


A:Solved: Hard Drive/ Partition Problems! My 1T Hard Drive appears as 8Gigs?!

I've used ZAR to recover files from a RAID box that seemed to have been corrupted due to a bad power supply.

You might check it out. It's free. Meaning it will only allow you to recover so many files at a time. I bought it, and like it.

They have a forum that is monitored quite often, from the developer too.

Good luck.


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I have a customer's Satellite L305D S5895 laptop. This was shipped to me by the customer who tried to install Windows XP Pro, Vista and none would install. He said he tried all installation CDs he had and finally gave up on it and shipped it to me.

When I got it the partition were deleted so I tried to install Win 7 and when I do doing a custom install I get an error saying the hard drive can't be formatted on disk 0 or it will give an error that no hard drives were found.

I reset the bios to default and no matter what I do it won't format or find the harddrive. I was going to upgrade the bios but the only way I found to upgrade the bios is after windows is installed. There is no way to make changes to the bios for settings that would have to do with the hard drive. This has a Toshiba MK2546GSX (S1) hard drive.

When installing Win 7 I get the normal windows, "windows is starting", "Select Language", "Select System", "Type of install", "Custom Install", "Delete partitions", "New Partitions", "Format", then the error message "Windows cannot format a partition on disk 0. Error: 0x80070057"

This happens regardless what system I try to install. I've tried two different versions of XP, one of Vista and 3 Win 7 and each time a different install CD.

System Specs
AMD Turion (TM) 64 x 2 Mobile CPU
CPU Speed 2.00 GHz
Toshiba MK2546GSX (S1) hard drive
Pioneer DVD-RW DurkD08l... Read more

A:Solved: win 7 can't find hard drive or can't format hard drive on clean install

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I took my keyboard keys out to clean under them, when i put them back the space bar and enter keys are not working right. They only work if i hit them in the middle and there doesnt seem to be any springy feeling to them


A:Solved: Keyboard

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I am having a problem with my USB keyboard not making contact. Just in the past week it has happened several times when I turn on the computer that I get this message to hit F1 due to no signal from keyboard. Of course hitting F1 on a dead keyboard does absolutely nothing..LOL. So, I just moved the USB to another slot and it works. I have had to move it or just wiggle it on two other start ups now. Is there some way to make this keyboard more secure in it's USB?



A:Solved: Keyboard USB?

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hi everyone i have this keyboard on my pc i think is a mexican keyboard cause it has this letters () an also has the @ in the number 2 and has the dollar sign ($) in the number 4 so my problem is that is disconfigurate wen i try to type this _ it types this % so i need help to solve this problem

keyboard model: BTC-3701-B

A:Solved: HELP me with my keyboard???

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my keyboard not working properly eg (to get this @) i have to press shift&2 and it doesnt matter if i change keyboars its still the same everything else on the keyboard seems to alright ive had this problem before bur cant remember how i solved it any ideas?

A:Solved: keyboard

The @ symbol is Shift+2 on a US Keyboard layout

Quotes and At symbol swapped
Your keyboard is set for English (United States) instead of English (United Kingdom) or whatever it should be for your location. I'll use United Kingdom as an example, substiture the correct one for your locale.

Control Panel | Regional and Language Options
On Regional Options tab, select English (United Kingdom).
Click Apply.
Click Languages tab, then under Text services and input languages click the Details... button
Under Default input language, select English (United Kingdom) - United Kingdom
Under Installed services, highlight and remove any entries you don't need.
Click OK
On the Advanced tab, under Language for non-Unicode programs, select English (United Kingdom)
Under Default user account settings check the box to Apply all settings to the current user account and to the default user profile
Click OK

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