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Windows 7: The "USB keyboard and BIOS access" conundrum

15 Aug 2017   #1

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
The "USB keyboard and BIOS access" conundrum

The only way I can access BIOS with my USB keyboard is if I physically unplug and replug the power cord and then start the computer with the power button. Only by doing this procedure will the keyboard be detected during POST, if I simply start it without having disconnected (and reconnected) the power cord, then the keyboard will only be detected when the OS starts...
In BIOS/PERIPHERALS menu I have legacy USB devices enabled. In BIOS/BIOS menu I have Fastboot disabled, which greys-out the options for USB ports (disabled, partially enabled, enabled). If I enable Fastboot, then I can enable USB ports which is described as follows: this option enables all USB ports during OS and POST.
Either way I play, I will have to unplug-replug the power cord for the keyboard to show up in POST.
Any advice/suggestion is appreciated

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16 Aug 2017   #2

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)

Do you have PS/2 keyboard and mouse ports on your computer? If so, then try a PS/2 keyboard and mouse.

If you don't have PS/2 keyboard and mouse ports on your computer, but you DO have an available PCI slot on your motherboard (PCI is old technology, so you might not have a PCI slot), then try this card:

It will add PS/2 keyboard and mouse ports to your computer.
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