Why are keyboards required for boot? - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > Monitors, Printers and Peripherals
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-14-2012, 11:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
Newb Techie
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: USA
Posts: 12
Question Why are keyboards required for boot?

This is more a question out of idle curiosity than anything else. I was told keyboards were always required for boot, and you'd get boot errors if one wasn't plugged in. I did some research as to why, and it's my understanding that keyboards are required because of the built-in keyboard controller, which is always linked to IR1, and IR1 can never be changed. (Please let me know if that's wrong.) But I still don't understand why that's still the case. Back when computers were first designed, I can understand how keyboards were often the only real means of input. However, with all the other means of input and such out there today (not to mention terminals that run off a server in the back like in a grocery store), I'd think a computer could run just fine without one. They could use just a touch screen like tablets and smartphones do, especially with the new Win8 machines. Or it could be controlled solely by the mouse, especially depending on what it's being used for, or if there was an on-screen keyboard if necessary. Although I know the voice technology isn't all that great at the moment (hello, Siri!), but even this could be a possible input. I'm not saying, a keyboard isn't great to have, but I don't understand why it's required for boot. RAM isn't even required! You can't get past the RAM check to load the OS, but at least it'll boot up. Is it just a sake of tradition, failsafe incase the other input devices stop working, or something to do with the minimalism of safe mode? Or am I missing something?

BrainFRZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2012, 11:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
Private Joker
carnageX's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: South Dakota
Posts: 23,114
Default Re: Why are keyboards required for boot?

BIOS uses basic hardware interfacing (hence the name, Basic Input Output System). You can usually disable the check for keyboards in most motherboard BIOS's nowadays to not stop on keyboard error.

Laptop: MSI GT70 2OC-059us | i7-4700MQ | 16GB | GTX 770m | 500GB SSD / 750GB HDD | 17.3" | Win10 Pro
Desktop: 4690k | 12GB g.Skill RipJaws | GTX 970 | 520hx | Z87X-UD4H | Corsair Vengeance C70 | Corsair H110 | Acer 25" | Acer 22" | Win10
Mobile: Samsung Galaxy Note 5

If I help you, or you just like what I said, rep me by clicking the under my post
carnageX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2012, 08:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
Ultra Techie
Matt77's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: USA
Posts: 604
Default Re: Why are keyboards required for boot?

Check BIOS settings, usually a disable option!
Matt77 is offline   Reply With Quote

boot, keyboard

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:34 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.