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Posted on 2001-09-17
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Hi, I am looking for a plug that will take the place of a keyboard, so the machine will think there is a keyboard attached (for an NT server). this mahcine will be remotely controlled, so a keyboard is not needed on themachine. Of sourse it won't boot without one. Has anyone ever heard of this, and if so any links to where I can get one? (My boss wants it)
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Steve
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by:d_hall
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What about just changing the BIOS "halt on errors" option?  Often on newer BIOSs there is an option "all, but keyboard".
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I will run that by him, I don't know the age of the bios on the machines.
Thanks so far
Steve
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by:dbrunton
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Or take an old keyboard, pull all the keys off and hot glue or RTV all of the blanks so fingers can't depress  anything.
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pbessman earned 400 total points
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These devices do exist.  Here are some links.  Happy hunting:-).
http://www.cadesigns.co.uk/dk1b.htm
"DK1B
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The C.A. Designs dummy PC keyboard system DK1B enables an IBM PS/2-compatible computer to be booted up without a keyboard attached (6-pin mini-DIN plug).

Power is derived from the computer and no additional connections are required.

The unit comprises one small module connected to the computer via a flying lead."


I believe Windows 2000 will look for the keyboard in its lengthy system check before boot.  It's not a good idea to try plugging it back in, but no one never said you cojuldn't remove a keyboard from a running machine.  How often does it get powered down?  When it is down reattach the keyboard for booting only.
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pbessman Thanks, just what the doctor ordered
Steve
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by:pbessman
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welcome, glad to be of service!
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by:fvigne
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Putting a 10k ohm resistor in parallel with the +5 and ground works great and is under a buck
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