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Kind of a silly question, but... will I need a PS/2 keyboard?

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December 12, 2010 7:37:46 PM

The only keyboard I have at the moment is a USB one... will I need a keyboard with a PS/2 interface to run through the BIOS and Windows installation on my computer?
December 12, 2010 9:01:54 PM

No, you should not. But I keep one handy for recalcitrant motherboards.
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December 12, 2010 9:12:27 PM

Most systems have USB keyboard enabled by default these days, i have even encounted a couple of prebuilts that dont even have a PS/2 port on the board, but like Treefrog i keep a PS/2 keyboard and mouse with me just in case i need to deal with an old system or something goes really bad.
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December 13, 2010 4:15:25 AM

Most modern computers nowadays the USB keyboard will work in the BIOS without changing any settings. If you are unlucky some require a BIOS upgrade to get this to work and some older computers require that you enable legacy support in the BIOS (with a PS2 keyboard). Some very old computers will not work at all in the BIOS with a USB keyboard. I find that it is a good idea to have a PS2 keyboard to hand when I come across a computer where the USB one does not work in the BIOS.
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