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How to Turn on a Computer With Only the Keyboard

Methods to Power On Your Computer with the Keyboard

1. BIOS Settings

Enter the BIOS: When your computer first starts continuously press the BIOS entry key (F2, F10, F12 or the Delete button).

Find the Power Settings: Go to Power Management or Advanced Power Management section inside your BIOS.

Enable Power On by Keyboard: Look for options like Power On by Keyboard, Wake on Keyboard or something similar. Enable this feature.

Select a Key (Optional): Some systems let you define a specific key to trigger the power on. Choose the key you want.

Save and Exit: Make sure to save your changes before exiting the BIOS.

2. Wake-on-LAN (WOL)

BIOS Setup: Go to your BIOS again and locate the Wake on LAN setting. You can find it in the power management settings. Enable it.

Network Adapter Setup: In your operating system (Windows for example) go to your network adapter settings and make sure that Wake on Magic Packet is enabled.

WOL Software: You will need a Wake on LAN tool installed on another computer or device on your network. Use this program to send the magic packet that will trigger your computer to power on.

3. Keyboard Shortcuts (Sleep Mode Recovery)

If your computer is in Sleep Mode (not completely shut down) you should be able to wake it up with a simple keyboard shortcut like the Space Bar, Enter key or a Ctrl + Esc combination.

Important Things

Not All Systems are Equal: Not every computer comes with keyboard power on functions. If your BIOS doesn’t have these settings this won’t work.

USB vs. PS/2: Older PS 2 keyboards (the ones with round connectors) are more likely to have power on capabilities than USB keyboards.

4. External Triggers

Smart Plugs: If your computer is plugged into a smart outlet or power strip you might be able to configure it to turn on with a command from your phone or smart home device.

Scheduled Tasks: You can use Windows Task Scheduler (or its equivalent on Mac) to create a task that automatically turns on your computer at a specific time. This task can even be triggered by a keystroke combination.

5. Hardware Workarounds (Not Recommended for Beginners)

Modifying Power Switch Connections: With some technical know how, you could potentially rewire the power switch connections on your motherboard to a set of pins that can be shorted by a keyboard keystroke. This is a more advanced method that carries risks and should only be attempted if you’re comfortable with computer hardware. You can damage your computer so only do this if you know what you’re doing.

Method Availability: The success of these methods depends on your specific hardware and operating system.

Research is Key: Before trying any hardware modifications do extensive research on your computer model and motherboard to avoid damage.

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