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Is it possible to convert an internal laptop keyboard to an external usb one?

Is it possible to convert an internal laptop keyboard to an external usb one? If so how would I do it. Thanks

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rickharris1 year ago

For the cost of a USB keyboard this isn't worth the trouble. - Sorry

+1, You can pickup USB keyboards for dirt at thrift stores.

verence1 year ago

Technically: yes. Practically: no. First part of the trouble would be to get the connectors for the keyboard (most likely some zero force flex connectors). Than you would have to find out what the key matrix is like and find a matching keyboard controller. Where the finding part is mostly impossible, but you can always program an Arduino to scan the matrix and simulate a USB keyboard. Yes it is doable, but not a simple task.

yeah is all depends on if the keyboard's matrix is wired into the Mother board or a smaller USB decoder. if you don't have the type that goes into a smalled decoder first it becomes a real pain. If the touch pad still works that would be worth trying to salvage !

rickharris1 year ago

Do you want to add a USB keyboard to your lap top? Just plug one in - it will work. as will blue tooth enabled keyboards with most laptops and tablets.

If you want to use the laptop keyboard to plug into another PC or something it wont be easy and will involve a microprocessor to decode the keyboard matrix signals to USB.