Is there any way to change the keyboard layout on the hardware/system/bios level?


Say, when asked for the system password on boot you could use the dvorak(or any other) layout to type in instead of the default qwerty.


An actual Dvorak keyboard reports the same letters to the BIOS with the same scan-codes, and should work fine.

If you're using a non-Dvorak keyboard with a software overlay to make it act like a Dvorak, then, no you'll need software running to provide that overlay, and it won't be running at the BIOS level.

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  • Couldn't you (in theory) change the scan codes that are released from the keyboard? Not an easy task, I should think, but with time I expect it could be done? No? – baash05 Apr 26 '13 at 0:29

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