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My laptop (an Acer Aspire 5630) has the F1, F2, and esc keys broken. I need to change the boot sequence so I can install an operating system but I can't get into the BIOS to tweak that parameter.

What can I do?

I thought about resetting the CMOS hoping that at the next boot It'll force me into bios to check wrong parameters.

Maybe also flashing a new BIOS (if it's possible from the operating system) could trigger me at the next boot to the BIOS to tweak the boot sequence parameter.

Any ideas?

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  • USB keyboard is not working before operating system boot

  • No PS/2 ports on board

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have you tried plugging in a usb keyboard ? –  Shakehar May 12 '11 at 9:39
    
I'm sorry I didn't mention it: yes. Of course not working :( –  Pitto May 12 '11 at 9:44
    
ps no ps/2 port on board –  Pitto May 12 '11 at 9:44
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up vote 8 down vote accepted

Replace the keyboard.

$12 problem solved. Stop looking for workarounds and fix the real problem.

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you got quite a point... I'm just scared thinking about small torx screws anywhere :) –  Pitto May 12 '11 at 10:09
    
I think he's saying that he doesn't have the USB keyboard option turned on in the BIOS so the integrated one is all he can use. –  Blomkvist May 12 '11 at 10:47
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@Blomkvist - I think you're right, which is why I upvoted this answer. He HAS to replace the internal keyboard, there's really no (easy or reasonable) way around it at this point. –  Shinrai May 12 '11 at 14:43
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