running a pc without a keyboard

How can I get a pc (nt4 ser 5) to startup and run with out having a keyboard connected to it ?
spg01Asked:
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pwoolfordCommented:
If you can do this at all it will be in the BIOS setup.   What is the computer?

The only other option will be to start up the computer and then remove the keyboard.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
many BIOSs have an option to set  - Stop on all errors, stop on no errors, stop on keyboard errors, etc.  If your BIOS doesn't have this option, then pwoolford is most likely correct - you'll have to start the machine then remove the keyboard.
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oldgreyguyCommented:
I am not sure that pulling the keyboard with the power on is such a good idea.

bill
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pwoolfordCommented:
I have unplugged and plugged keyboards into running pc's many times without ill effects.  I would not do the same for mice (you lose the cursor) and monitors (it tends to blow them or the video card)
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spg01Author Commented:
pulling the keyboard defeats the object of the exercise - the machine must be able to power up unattended. It running a inspection program and only interacts with the hardware connected to it and NOT people.
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mrorangeCommented:
I set a system up recently in an Airport, it was one of those Executive check-in machines in the Exec lounges.

It may not be suitable in your situ but worth a thought.  We used an old IBM laptop, we could then run a monitor off it and have the laptop locked away in a cupboard, With a small connection port at the back, which enabled us to connect a keyboard if necessary.  Works a treat....

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pyleoCommented:
May be I have missed the point but is this a space or cost saving issue here?!?!
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EDStechCommented:
Maybe an electrical engineer here can test the resistance of a keyboard and give you a cap which plugs into the keyboard port and is just a resistor or two...?
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cquinnCommented:
This reminds me of the error message on old IBM pc's  -  Keyboard not found - press a key to continue!
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spg01Author Commented:
worked a treat.

just for info, the pc is running on a production line with a camera and a PLC attached through a frame grabber and digital I/O. When a product is presented to the camera the PLC tells the vision system (PC) to start the inspection. The vision system the tell the PLC is the part is good or bad. Running the machine with out a keyboard has the following advantages.
1. people cant play with the computer.
2. the keyboard doesn't get covered in crap.

Cheers
SPG
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pwoolfordCommented:
"worked a treat."

What did ?
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spg01Author Commented:
the bios option to supress all errors
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