Solved

No ps2 ports

Posted on 2009-04-01
7
508 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I am trying to repair a dell dimension 5150c with an umnountable boot volume. I have a repair bootdisc, which will boot up pcs with this fault. However the dell only has usb ports for the keyboard & mouse and no ps2 sockets. What happens is that the keyboard is not recognised as the usb has not activated, normally I do not get this problem as ps2 ports are recognised as soon as thew bios boots up, this means that I can not activate my boot disc as it tells me there is no keyboard attached.
I ca not fit a pc card with ps2 ports on as there is no space in the pc.
0
Comment
Question by:EdwardWatts
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 3
  • 2
  • 2
7 Comments
 
LVL 14

Expert Comment

by:smiffy13
ID: 24036717
I'd take out the harddrive and install it on another PC that has PS2 ports, run the repair then reinstall it in the Dell.
or
You say there's no space, are all the PCI ports full? Why don't you remove one of the PCI cards? What are they? You could easily remove a dial-up modem or TV card etc, install the PS2 card, run the repair then reinstall the card you removed.
0
 
LVL 14

Expert Comment

by:smiffy13
ID: 24036729
oh - it's a slim PC, so you need low-profile PCI cards.
0
 
LVL 8

Expert Comment

by:MrMintanet
ID: 24065094
You should probably upgrade your Live CD.  Knoppix and UBCD.

Here's how to put UBCD on a USB drive:
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/install-and-boot-ultimate-boot-cd-ubcd-from-a-usb-device/

Knoppix:
http://knopper.net/knoppix-mirrors/index-en.html

Or, you could set the HD up in a slave box.  This is usually what IT professionals do.
0
Webinar May 25: Cloud Security Strategies for SMBs

Small and mid-sized businesses are a driving force behind cloud adoption, and it’s no wonder: cloud benefits are BIG.  But for all the convenience that moving to the cloud provides, where does security come into play?

 
LVL 2

Author Comment

by:EdwardWatts
ID: 24066324
You cant slave the drive as it has a active partiton with windows on, and a differnet motherboard, etc drivers on - this causes a clash on the machine it is slaved with  ( triedit.)

I already use ubcd, but as I originally pointed out all these type of bootup discs, bootup the machine before it has  loaded the drivers for the usb ports - therefore when the pc says "press any  key to boot from cd" I can't as the keyboard hasnt activated. This problem does not arise with ps2 ports.

I need to be able to load a set of usb drivers for the keyboard.
0
 
LVL 2

Accepted Solution

by:
EdwardWatts earned 0 total points
ID: 24114420
solved problem myself, use a usb KVM box between pc and mouse/keyboard. Also plug external usb drive into kvm box. You can then  access the  keyboard on pc start up and transfer files to the ext hdd.
0
 
LVL 8

Expert Comment

by:MrMintanet
ID: 24116372
This solution does not make much sense to me.  How did this work?  The KVM is PS2 to USB?  KVM boxes are not to be confused with PS2 to USB adapters.
0
 
LVL 2

Author Comment

by:EdwardWatts
ID: 24121313
The problem I had was that there is no ps2 ports on the pc, keyboard/mouse are usb (as  originally stated). You can get different types of kvm boxes, ie: kvm with ps2 connections or kvm with usb. I purchased a usb kvm, therefore I plugged a usb keyboard/mouse  into the kvm and the usb kvm leads into the pc. There are also spare usb ports on the kvm box, which allows you to plug a usb external hdd into the box. The kvm box seems to recognise usb pheriphals on bootup. This allowed keyboard to be booted on startup, allowing me to reload windows, and then load a bootdisc file recovery and save the files to an external hdd. Note: this only seems to work with the box type kvm and not the 2port switch type.
0

Featured Post

How to Defend Against the WCry Ransomware Attack

On May 12, 2017, an extremely virulent ransomware variant named WCry 2.0 began to infect organizations. Within several hours, over 75,000 victims were reported in 90+ countries. Learn more from our research team about this threat & how to protect your organization!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
Sonicwall Web User login Redirect 9 139
Which the best UTM recommended ? 2 141
Check Spoof email 6 71
best firewall for packet filtering 5 69
Occasionally, we encounter connectivity issues that appear to be isolated to cable internet service.  The issues we typically encountered were reset errors within Internet Explorer when accessing web sites or continually dropped or failing VPN conne…
Imagine you have a shopping list of items you need to get at the grocery store. You have two options: A. Take one trip to the grocery store and get everything you need for the week, or B. Take multiple trips, buying an item at a time, to achieve t…
With Secure Portal Encryption, the recipient is sent a link to their email address directing them to the email laundry delivery page. From there, the recipient will be required to enter a user name and password to enter the page. Once the recipient …
A short tutorial showing how to set up an email signature in Outlook on the Web (previously known as OWA). For free email signatures designs, visit https://www.mail-signatures.com/articles/signature-templates/?sts=6651 If you want to manage em…

710 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question