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    Need help: Hardware diagnostic tools running from BOOTABLE DOS CD?

    Not sure where this question best fits in the forum. My apology in advance.

    I having a self-built system that I am suspecting to be having an intermittently malfunctioning keyboard.

    I use to remember there is a bootable CD with a bunch of hardware diagnostic tools to test various things like keyboard, mice, etc., but I can't remember what it is.

    Can someone help? The tool kit comes in the form of an ISO that can be burned as a bootable CD. I distinctly remember that this is a separate keyboard tester that allows you to test each key press individually to see which ones are not working.

    PS: I found something called Ultimate Boot CD. I tried it, but there is no tool there to test the keyboard specifically.

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    Re: Need help: Hardware diagnostic tools running from BOOTABLE DOS CD?

    Hmm I was gonna say ultimate boot cd but you already tried it.

    In any case cant you do something simple and just open a text file and press each key till you see which one doesn't work?

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    Re: Need help: Hardware diagnostic tools running from BOOTABLE DOS CD?

    I've never heard of a bootable floppy or similar which does tests of individual keys. I assume that it can be done from a purely technical standpoint, but not easily: how would it know which type of keyboard you had? Most people only want to know of the keyboard is working at all, so that's usually all that they test.

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    Re: Need help: Hardware diagnostic tools running from BOOTABLE DOS CD?

    To clarify, what I need is a DOS program to display a virtual version of the keyboard on screen so that it will show the keystrokes that I make on the keyboard that I am testing. This is to diagnose bad keyboards when there are fused keystrokes in which multiple characters/keys are being sent to the system even if only a single key is pressed. Likewise, it can diagnose instances when a particular key does not register any keystroke at all when it is pressed.

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    Re: Need help: Hardware diagnostic tools running from BOOTABLE DOS CD?

    Quote Originally Posted by to1337ca View Post
    To clarify, what I need is a DOS program to display a virtual version of the keyboard on screen so that it will show the keystrokes that I make on the keyboard that I am testing. This is to diagnose bad keyboards when there are fused keystrokes in which multiple characters/keys are being sent to the system even if only a single key is pressed. Likewise, it can diagnose instances when a particular key does not register any keystroke at all when it is pressed.
    What your describing is worn out crappy keyboard.

    Like I said just open a text or word file and do the testing, improvise

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