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separate keyboard for laptop?

I have a laptop (Toshiba Tecra w/ XP Pro), and I am going to use a separate keyboard rather than my laptop's built-in keyboard. Before installing the driver for the separate keyboard, is there anything I need to do to de-activate my laptop's built-in keyboard? Or will XP just allow me to use the new one upon installation?

Sorry for such a newbie question. I could not find any answers on line. Wondering if someone here might know.

Thanks so much in advance!

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The only time I had to install

In reply to: separate keyboard for laptop?

drivers for a keyboard was to use the hot keys. Otherwise, it should work by simply plugging it into the USB port. You don't need to disable, nor do you want to, the built-in keyboard. They will work together.

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Perfect. Thank you so much!

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The CD says it has the driver for the internet "hot keys." Do you recommend against installing that? Or is it purely personal preference?

Thanks again!

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Your decision .....

In reply to: Perfect. Thank you so much!

Hi Marie

My philosophy is that, the more fancy things things installed and running, the more there is to go wrong.

You see, for "hot keys" to work as intended, there usually have to be extra files/programs loaded at startup and are left running in the background. Windows XP already has enough superfluous "services" loading at startup and running where they are often not (and never will be) needed for your intended use of that computer. The les junk running in the background, the less opportunity for conflicts, and the easier to diagnose problems.

You have abviously got used to browsing the internet using your own methods, and I wouldn't see that any hot keys could improve the fluency that you have probably acquired using conventional methods. If you are someone who never uses a mouse when creating an excel spreadsheet, then maybe hotkeys are for you as your hands are right there on the keyboard anyway. It would be more useful if you were using the internal keyboard and one of those awful rubber balls in the middle instead of a mouse, but there's less need while using an external keyboard.

My personal choice would be to keep it simple and use the choice not to install hot keys. You don't always get the choice with things like that.

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Bill -- just what I was looking for!

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Thank you. I was wondering about exactly that. It seems like adding junk that I probably won't use anyway. You are also right in that I always use my mouse, almost never the keys (with ew exceptions).

Thanks a lot for taking the time to give me that extra advice. I will not install the driver. Will keep it simple.

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