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GLP computer gurus help please: this new-to-me Dell computer is not recognizing old mouse and keyboard - driver problem?

 
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GLP computer gurus help please: this new-to-me Dell computer is not recognizing old mouse and keyboard - driver problem?
My friend got a new computer and was so generous to give me his old Dell computer today. It is ten times the computer I had before.

I got it all hooked up and it went to the log in page just fine, but it won't recognize my Microsoft mouse or this old eMachines keyboard.

He had done a clean reinstall of XP before he gave it to me, I am assuming he used a proprietary Dell version that maybe only has drivers for Dell mice and keyboards?

What's my next move, any suggestions? I hooked the old eMachines back up, I need to go to the store to get another hunk of ethernet cable and another power cord anyway.

Is this a good excuse to buy a new keyboard? But how do I know it will work with the new machine? And why wouldn't the newer Microsoft mouse work?

You guys have been ultra helpful in the past, thanks in advance for any help today! <3
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07/18/2010 04:39 PM
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Re: GLP computer gurus help please: this new-to-me Dell computer is not recognizing old mouse and keyboard - driver problem?
are u hooking up a USB keyboard/mouse?
*square plug*


or the old PS/2 style

*round plugs with pins*
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Re: GLP computer gurus help please: this new-to-me Dell computer is not recognizing old mouse and keyboard - driver problem?
My friend got a new computer and was so generous to give me his old Dell computer today. It is ten times the computer I had before.

I got it all hooked up and it went to the log in page just fine, but it won't recognize my Microsoft mouse or this old eMachines keyboard.

He had done a clean reinstall of XP before he gave it to me, I am assuming he used a proprietary Dell version that maybe only has drivers for Dell mice and keyboards?

What's my next move, any suggestions? I hooked the old eMachines back up, I need to go to the store to get another hunk of ethernet cable and another power cord anyway.

Is this a good excuse to buy a new keyboard? But how do I know it will work with the new machine? And why wouldn't the newer Microsoft mouse work?

You guys have been ultra helpful in the past, thanks in advance for any help today! <3
 Quoting: Vision Thing


The old PS/2 stuff could be disabled in the bios....

The 'easy' way out is to just get some new USB keyboard/mice.

Afterall you'd be shocked how many bugs and crap live in both....

It'd be a good thing anyways to periodically get new kb & mice.
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Re: GLP computer gurus help please: this new-to-me Dell computer is not recognizing old mouse and keyboard - driver problem?
are u hooking up a USB keyboard/mouse?
*square plug*


or the old PS/2 style

*round plugs with pins*
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1040485

The keyboard is ancient with PS/2 round pins plugs, the mouse is newer and has the USB square end that I have been using with a PS/2 round pin adapter.

The Dell computer has the color-coded round pin ports for the keyboard and mouse, I tried taking the adapter off the USB end of the mouse, and putting that in the square USB port below the color coded round one, but that didn't work.

It's a newer microsoft mouse, seems like it shouldn't be a problem?
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Re: GLP computer gurus help please: this new-to-me Dell computer is not recognizing old mouse and keyboard - driver problem?
The old PS/2 stuff could be disabled in the bios....

The 'easy' way out is to just get some new USB keyboard/mice.

Afterall you'd be shocked how many bugs and crap live in both....

It'd be a good thing anyways to periodically get new kb & mice.
 Quoting: LouisWinthorpeIII

It is a newer USB mouse, maybe I had it in the wrong USB port?

When you say "bugs" you mean biological germs, right?

I would love to buy new ones but how will I know that they will work?
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Re: GLP computer gurus help please: this new-to-me Dell computer is not recognizing old mouse and keyboard - driver problem?
The old PS/2 stuff could be disabled in the bios....

The 'easy' way out is to just get some new USB keyboard/mice.

Afterall you'd be shocked how many bugs and crap live in both....

It'd be a good thing anyways to periodically get new kb & mice.

It is a newer USB mouse, maybe I had it in the wrong USB port?

When you say "bugs" you mean biological germs, right?

I would love to buy new ones but how will I know that they will work?
 Quoting: Vision Thing


USB is a bus, so it doesn't matter what port.... (lol I'm assuming when you reloaded the OS, that the drivers for the USB are loaded and working.......)

And by bugs yeah living things... people get dead skin and all kinds of other shit into their keyboards... it's gross.
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Re: GLP computer gurus help please: this new-to-me Dell computer is not recognizing old mouse and keyboard - driver problem?
are u hooking up a USB keyboard/mouse?
*square plug*


or the old PS/2 style

*round plugs with pins*

The keyboard is ancient with PS/2 round pins plugs, the mouse is newer and has the USB square end that I have been using with a PS/2 round pin adapter.

The Dell computer has the color-coded round pin ports for the keyboard and mouse, I tried taking the adapter off the USB end of the mouse, and putting that in the square USB port below the color coded round one, but that didn't work.

It's a newer microsoft mouse, seems like it shouldn't be a problem?
 Quoting: Vision Thing


Yeah, just unplug the mouse from the PS/2 adapter, and plug it into one of the USB ports. That way you'll know right away if your drivers are loading right your muse will 'just work' .....
"I don't know which was scarier...the speech...or the Congress cheering it. He evoked Lincoln. Whenever a President is going to get us into serious trouble...they always use Lincoln."
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Re: GLP computer gurus help please: this new-to-me Dell computer is not recognizing old mouse and keyboard - driver problem?
It's a newer microsoft mouse, seems like it shouldn't be a problem?


Yeah, just unplug the mouse from the PS/2 adapter, and plug it into one of the USB ports. That way you'll know right away if your drivers are loading right your muse will 'just work' .....
 Quoting: LouisWinthorpeIII

I did do that, and it didn't work, it's the mouse I'm using right now, on the other computer, so it isn't the mouse.

Well I need to go get a power cord and a hunk of ethernet cable anyway, so that I can have both of these on at once. I have 2 monitors by a fluke. This keyboard is horrible, I could get a new keyboard & mouse and just ASSUME they will work???????
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Re: GLP computer gurus help please: this new-to-me Dell computer is not recognizing old mouse and keyboard - driver problem?
It wasn't me who did the clean re-install, it was a tech employed by the county here, he wiped the hard drive with DOD file-nuking software and reinstalled the XP.

I was able to get to the log in screen and I can't WAIT to have a proper computer on a proper connection for the first time in my life! Today is my lucky day if I can just get past this little hurdle.
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07/18/2010 05:14 PM
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Re: GLP computer gurus help please: this new-to-me Dell computer is not recognizing old mouse and keyboard - driver problem?
Mice and Keyboards are standard unless specialized. Doesn't sound like you have anything specialized so that's just a standard.

Thusly it sounds like an ID-10-T error. Check to make sure you have the mouse plugged into the mouse socket and the keyboard plugged into the keyboard socket. There you go!
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Re: GLP computer gurus help please: this new-to-me Dell computer is not recognizing old mouse and keyboard - driver problem?
This a good excuse to buy a new keyboard and mouse.
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07/18/2010 05:52 PM

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Re: GLP computer gurus help please: this new-to-me Dell computer is not recognizing old mouse and keyboard - driver problem?
Mice and Keyboards are standard unless specialized. Doesn't sound like you have anything specialized so that's just a standard.

Thusly it sounds like an ID-10-T error. Check to make sure you have the mouse plugged into the mouse socket and the keyboard plugged into the keyboard socket. There you go!
 Quoting: NoWhereMan

Well I went by the color coding but it's possible that was my mistake? Maybe Dell and emachines use the opposite of each other :-) I mean maybe they do!

I can't have both at once on unless I get a power cord and a connection cable so I have to go get that stuff, and if I'm going to do that I might as well buy a new keyboard and mouse, I 've wanted a new keyboard for a long time.
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Re: GLP computer gurus help please: this new-to-me Dell computer is not recognizing old mouse and keyboard - driver problem?
This a good excuse to buy a new keyboard and mouse.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1020360

Thank you. I think I am headed to the store right now :-)

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