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Keyboard Doesnt Work in BIOS

I recently bough a new gaming mechanical keyboard (CM STORM Quickfire PRO) along with some parts for a new PC build. The keyboard arrived first, so to test it, I plugged it into my ASUS laptop and it works greatly! One time the laptop went to sleep, and when I came I pressed a bunch of keys on the keyboard but it wouldn't wake up, so I pressed something on my laptops keyboard and it immediately woke up, it then made a sound a thing said that all drivers were successful and it the keyboard continued to work.

I then went into the bios, and tried using the keyboard, I got nothing. The leds on the keyboard didn't work and it wouldn't respond at all. When I booted into the OS it worked regularly.

What I'm worried about is that when I get my new PC I wont be able to boot into the bios, and change the settings so I can select the proper boot drive and install the OS. And Im also worried that I wont be able to use the keyboard through the installation.

What do you think? Is the problem with the keyboard? Or is there something I need to change in the bios in order to make it work.
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  1. I think that with certain keyboards (Like mine too) that they require drivers to work, they wont work without drivers. So I believe with my experiences that you need to use a stock keyboard from somewhere, like a 10 buck one, to get the drivers for that keyboard. Thats just what happened with mine.
  2. Is it a USB keyboard? If so, you may need to change a BIOS setting called "USB Legacy Support" or similar. Turn that on, and your keyboard should work as expected.

    Casey
  3. I think Gam3401 is correct. That keyboard is unlike normal keyboards, in that it needs a driver for an OS to use. If you have USB 2.0 ports, try one of those on the back of the PC instead of a 3.0 port. Btw, the 3.0 ports won't work until the driver for the USB controller is loaded in the OS.
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    cklaubur said:
    Is it a USB keyboard? If so, you may need to change a BIOS setting called "USB Legacy Support" or similar. Turn that on, and your keyboard should work as expected.

    Casey


    ^ That is it right there you need to turn on USB legacy Support in the BIOS for it to work. And as with most it needs to be plugged into a USB 2.0 port and not USB 3. That said I have seen some laptops that will not work with USB keyboard in the BIOS and must use the built in keyboard but I can't say for sure about yours.

    As for the OS it should work just fine without 3rd party drivers but special keys will not work nor would macro's and such if the keyboard supports them. For instance my Logitech G19 will work just fine in Windows but the built in LCD macro keys and backlight can't be changed without installing the drivers for it.
  5. Thanks for all your help, but I have found the solution. For anyone that has the same keyboard or any CM STORM keyboard, this is what you have to do.
    TURN OFF NKRO MODE! to do this activate the function key, then press N + DEL . The keyboard will turn off and turn back on. Now the keyboard will work without drivers, and you will be able to use it before boot.
  6. Ah that makes sense, I need to see if my razer Deathstalker has that.
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