USB keyboard failure.
Hello. On my desktop computer (DELL Dimension 2400) I'm using an A4 Tech keyboard. This keyboard is relatively new and I haven't had any sort of problems with it earlier. Yesterday I was doing regular things on the computer and suddenly the keyboard died.
This was totally random because I didn't notice anything bad before it froze. I tried to reboot hoping it would sort out since it worked that way with my old keyboard those few times it died (in a period of 5 years). There are 3 lights on the keyboard to show activated keys: Num Lock, Caps Lock and Scroll Lock. Usually when I boot up my computer, those 3 lights turn on for a few seconds then they go off and then finally the 'last used' get activated. (meaning there are normally a light on for the Num Lock.
When rebooting the system after the keyboard died, there would be the normal 'start lightning' and then nothing else. When it's done booting and I am facing the login screen, it's dead again. At first I thought the port (PS/2) was dead since the keyboard is completely new and not damaged at all. After quickly buying a new PS/2 adapter to check, I figured out that the keyboard would light up like normal when connecting/disconnecting the keyboard using the adapter then it died like it does on boot up. THEN I decided to stick it inside my Linux machine with and without the adapter (which worked fine both ways) and now I am stuck to believe that the actual driver has died/fallen asleep.
But what I don't get is, why is the keyboard recognized at boot and then it dozes off again? And why does it blink each time I connect it using the PS/2 adapter?
How am I able to fix this if I can't even get into BIOS or confirm the OS CD run I wanted to try for a Windows XP repair? I never had this issue before, it just strikes me how sudden it was. No, I haven't tried any other keyboard. I can't do that as I don't have any. But since the keyboard works with my other computer, why would it be broke? It's definitely really hard for me to be without my desktop computer. I have all the important things on it and I can't afford losing it. Please help me out, TF.
Thanks in advance.