Method #2: Drivers Drivers Drivers
You may have heard of drivers before when looking up troubleshooting methods for other devices, but if you haven't, here's a quick rundown: Drivers are the piece of software that tell your computer how to handle your hardware, so that when you plug in, say, a webcam, it knows where to look and how to interpret the signals it gets from the camera. The same applies to keyboards. So why could this cause your keyboard not to work?
Well, if your drivers are out of date, your computer won't know how to run certain hardware (including keyboards!), so you've gotta keep those drivers up to date. Here's how:
- Right click on "My Computer" and select the "Hardware" tab
- Click on "Device Manager" and look on the left-hand side of the window for the list of devices
- Find the "Keyboards" section, expand it, and find your keyboard.
- Right click on the keyboard and select "Update Drivers"
- When the prompt box appears, simply choose option of letting your computer search for drivers as opposed to finding them yourself. After the search completes, continue to follow the on-screen instructions and then close it when it finishes.
- Restart your computer.
- When it starts back up, try and use your keyboard to type into a text editor like Word or Notepad!