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Win 95 without a keyboard. How to start up?

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I need a stand alone PC running without keyboard and mouse (so people can't use him). But Win 95 looks at start up for the presence of a keyboard (and mouse). How can this be bypassed and how can it be re-activated when the keyboard is occassionaly needed and plugged in again?
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by:somberlain
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the best thing would be to boot the PC normally with the keyboard in, so that you can do whatever u need at startup, and then when your done booting and win95 is just sitting there you can unplug the keyboard.  if you have power saving features turned on in the BIOS there is really no reason why you can't leave that computer running 24/7 and just attach/detach the keyboard when needed. also if your computer has a keylock feature you can leave the keyboard attached all the time and just give the key to the person responsible for the PC.

i know this isnt exactly what you were looking for so im posting it as a comment.
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by:stevemiller
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Unplugging the keyboard wouldn't cause a keyboard error?
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 Unplugging and plugging keyboards can , after a while, fry ur motherboard.  U can, of course, do it, with the mouse for sure.  But I'd suggest a different approach. U can say
unplug the screen (Windows doesn't care)  or best make a screen lock (software) that will
not allow none to see the screen until they enter password. (Every screen saver has it).
  There are a lot of approaches to that, depends on what u need to be working, and so-on.
  In short, keyboard plugging is really not the best thing. Even BIOS checks for it's  existance, so I'm sure windows will freak-out some day...
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by:smeebud
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Try remarking your
keyboard.drv=keyboard.drv
in system.ini.
The make a bat file to make it load.

Bud
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by:juul040798
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To all : The PC has also to stand in a place with very small space. So the keyboard is a pain... What about making a small piece of hardware ( a Din plug?) that can simulate the presence of the keyboard. What exactly is the PC checking in the keyboard for presence ? Can the combination of some wires be a solution?

smeebud: What do you mean with your suggestion? I don't understand.
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