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Can I use a keyboard that originally came with DOS?

The most comfortable keyboard I ever used was the Microsoft Natural MultiMedia Keyboard 1.0A. It came with a computer with a DOS Operating System. I have a good Logitech SetPoint cordless mouse but I cannot find a keyboard as comfortable as that one I used long ago. Is there any way that I could find a driver that would be compatible with XP so that I could use my old, favorite keyboard? My computer is a Dell Optiplex with XP and Microsoft Office 2007.

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(NT) That's something I would hunt for on Ebay.

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How do I use an old DOS keyboard with my XP computer?

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I have the keyboard and, when I attach it to my current computer it recognizes that there is a keyboard but the Control Panel shows no information about it and when I press a key nothing happens. I tried having Windows look for a driver but it kept asking for the original installation disc. I guess my question should have been how could I find a driver for a keyboard that came from an old DOS computer? There is no driver download at Microsoft for that keyboard. And if there were, it might not work with Windows XP.

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I've used almost every MS Keyboard made.

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The driver disk was not needed for basic operation. If it doesn't work then the port it was plugged into has failed or someone put one of those USB/PS2 adapters on it.

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How do I use an old DOS keyboard with my XP computer?

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The keyboard does need a PS/2 port. Why would using an adapter to plug it into a USB port make a difference?

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Because it would not work with such an adapter.

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I didn't read you were using such, but it would explain everything.
Bob

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This is very interesting.

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What the hick is a DOS keyboard/keyboard for DOS? Maybe some keyboard can do more than other; but for DOS or windows? interesting.

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Can I use a keyboard that originally came with DOS?

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For the newbies, DOS was Microsoft's original operating system. It didn't have all the extras of today's XP and I believe there were limitations about bytes, etc. I think the basic structure of DOS was different than Windows. (I'm not a programmer but I have been computing since before some of you were born.) The computer the keyboard came had a DOS 3.1 operating system. What I am looking for is a driver that will work with this old Microsoft keyboard which today's Windows doesn't recognize.

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