Windows 2000 PS/2 Keyboard / Mouse Failures

by Wayne Maples [Published on 20 April 2004 / Last Updated on 20 April 2004]

Some small number of people are reporting PS/2 keyboard or mouse failures in the Windows 2000 newsgroups . The installation goes fine, but after reboot, the keyboard and/or mouse does not respond. The solution taken by those effected is to change to USB versions keyboard / mouse combinations. No common factor noted yet.

The majority of modern PCs use ps/2 style keyboards and mice so its not a general failure. I am running Windows 2000 Professional workstation on just such a configuration.

There seems to be a bug in Windows 2000 support for PS/2 mouse when there is another pointer source such as a touchpad or drawing tablet. Sometimes you have to disable the other devices before W2K supports the PS/2 mouse properly.

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