Do USB numeric keypads work in BIOS?

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  1. wolfie81

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    As per title, I use a bluetooth keyboard but I cannot access BIOS with it. I don't want a second board floating around just for it so want to buy a usb numeric keypad (and use the arrows on it).

    Any reason why it won't work?
     
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    cant see any reason why it wouldnt work.

    does your BT keyboard get you in to bios at all?
    pressing F12/del/F10 or whatver you need to enter bios

    if not, your usb keyboard will need that key as well
     
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    Thank you for the post. I haven't ordered the part yet but ill keep in mind what you said. Cheers.
    I do have a dongle on its way that is apparently able to activate in POST but Ill wait and see if this works first.
     
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    You should probably plug in a normal usb keyboard first an check that the bios accepts "enter" key presses from the numeric keys and not just the main "enter" key.
     
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    Would you also have to consider what button is required to get into the menu as it isn't standardised?

    How often are you accessing the bios? the best solution is a cheap USB keyboard, do your thing and when done unplug it and store it in a cupboard.
     
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    It's always handy to have a USB keyboard floating around. There will come a day when you need it and that 5 seconds of use makes 18 months worth of storage totally worth while ;)
     
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    Too true. Back in the day I found myself facing the classic "Keyboard error. Press F1 to continue" situation a few times.
     
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    Honestly I find have a PS/2 keyboard around even better. Some stupid motherboards default to disabling USB on boot after a BIOS reset (as per my last Gigabyte POS). Although a USB to PS/2 adapter would go a long way as well.
     
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    You may find the arrows don't work in BIOS on a USB numpad.
     
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    Right guys an update.

    I bought a PCIe Bluetooth card which accesses BIOS using my bluetooth keyboard. I now have my usb keyboard stored away for those times when I actually need it.

    So don't need the numeric keypad atm. On a side note, there really needs to be more support and bluetooth dongles/cards available for BIOS.
     

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