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Keystroke Recorders for Desktops ("KeyCarbon PCI")

Product upgrade notice: This product has been entirely replaced by the 2nd generation solution, a combination of the "KeyCarbon Raptor" ("KLAP601") and the "Mini-PCI to PCI adaptor card" ("KPCIAD24"). These pages are provided for customer support only. If you want to purchase a keystroke logger for a desktop, order the KLAP601 + KPCIAD24 from the ordering page. For more information, contact customer support.
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The KeyCarbon PCI device records all typing on any keyboard. The card plugs into the PC motherboard.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Frequently Asked Questions for the KeyCarbon PCI series (KREC201, KREC202, KREC213).

 

What is the KeyCarbon PCI?

The KeyCarbon PCI is a device used to record all typing on the keyboard of a desktop PC (non-Macintosh) computer.

The card plugs into the PCI slot of a desktop PC.

The card decodes data from the PCI slot of the motherboard, and reconstructs the typing on the keyboard attached to the comptuer.

For more complete information, see the KeyCarbon PCI User's Guide.

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How do I install the KeyCarbon PCI?

Use the KeyCarbon PCI just like a regular PCI card. Open the case of the desktop PC, then slot the card into place. The card begins recording keystrokes from a PS/2 keyboard immediately.

For more complete information, see the KeyCarbon PCI User's Guide.
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How do I record keystrokes with the KeyCarbon PCI?

Simply plug the card into the PCI slot of the computer motherboard. The card starts to record PS/2 keystrokes immediately. To record USB keystrokes, run the signal from the USB port into the card*.
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How do I retrieve the keystrokes?

Keystrokes can be retrieved by reading files from the SD memory card that slots into the KeyCarbon PCI device itself.
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Can I record keystrokes on one computer and retrieve them on another?

Yes. All keystrokes are saved to the SD memory card, that slots into the KeyCarbon PCI card. This card can be removed at any point, and read using a SD card reader.
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How do I change the password?

See the KeyCarbon PCI User's Guide for more information.
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Can the KeyCarbon device be detected by special software?

No. The device is completely separate from the operating system.
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Does the KeyCarbon PCI work on a PS/2 keyboard?

Yes. The KeyCarbon PCI card reconstructs the typing on the PS/2 keyboard by looking at the signals on the motherboard. This typing is then saved to the onboard SD memory card located on the KeyCarbon PCI card itself.
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Does the KeyCarbon PCI record typing from a USB keyboard?

Yes. The KeyCarbon PCI card reconstructs the typing on a USB keyboard, by looking at the signals that go into the USB keyboard. This requires that a signal wire is run from the USB keyboard port, on the computer motherboard, into the KeyCarbon PCI card itself*.

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What happens if the keystroke log fills up?

The recording stops. However, due to the memory size (16MB or 16,000,000 keystrokes minimum), it would take many years to fill the log up.
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Are the keystrokes are safe, even if device is unplugged?

Yes. The device is just like a USB memory stick, it does not lose its memory if it is unplugged.
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Will the KeyCarbon PCI store non-printable keystrokes such as Alt, Ctrl, or Function keys?

Yes. Any non-printable character is converted into a series of printable characters. For example, the "escape" key is listed as "<esc>" in the log. F1 becomes "<F1>" in the log. Alt becomes "<alt>" in the log, and so on for every other non-printable keystroke.
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Does the KeyCarbon PCI work with any keyboard that has a built in USB hub?

Yes. The electronics to decode the USB signals are compatible with USB 2.0 low speed (1.1Mbit/sec) and USB 2.0 high speed (12Mbit/sec).
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Does the KeyCarbon PCI work on a laptop?

No. The KeyCarbon PCI card requires a desktop PC, with a motherboard with a spare full height PCI slot.
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Why would I want a KeyCarbon PCI when I can use a keylogger program available off the internet?

There are many reasons why a software keystroke logger may not always be a the easiest option. If the PC is password protected, it will be almost impossible to install a software keylogger. The KeyCarbon device installs in seconds, onto any desktop PC with any operating system. The KeyCarbon device can be installed when the computer is switched off. It will also pick up passwords used to access the BIOS before boot up.
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Does the device show up in Windows "Device Manager" or the "Unplug or Eject Hardware" box?

The KeyCarbon PCI device is completely invisible to the operating system.

The KeyCarbon PCI device is completely passive. It does not install any drivers on the operating system.
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Where can I download the user manual for the KeyCarbon PCI?

Download the KeyCarbon PCI Series User Manual.
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