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Topic # 57726 23-Feb-2010 03:18 Send private message


My Mouse & Keyboard don't seem to function at my login prompt, although the keyboard works when selecting which XP OS to start: I have dual boot options for a second backup OS on my D: drive - just in case this sort of thing happens.

It was all my fault, as I've solved my previous problems with a re-installation of my nForce Nvidia drivers on D: drive.  This didn't go well when I tried this for the C: drive.
When I rebooted I found I had no way to type anything.
I've tried all the boot options from the F8 menus without luck, but I don't wish to nuke and pave the C drive as that may toast the now sweetly performing D drive.

Most of my programs are installed on C:, but the D: drive is just a backup with just basic applications installed.
Is there any way I can copy something over to C from D that will fix my problem?
Both are XP SP3 OS, and are on separate disks.
C is not partitioned and is half full, D has 3 logical partitions D: = 97 GB - 63 GB free, the rest mostly free E:= 126 GB, F:= 241 GB

The MBR is on the C drive.
If I do fix it or reinstall on C, will the d drive OS still boot and work as it is now?
Is there a program that will do a System Restore for C drive from this OS?

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  Reply # 301312 23-Feb-2010 07:00 Send private message

Do your keyboard or mouse light up? Ie are they powered at that point?
Have you tried USB and PS/2 variations? Have you checked your bios settings for USB support and making sure its enabled?



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  Reply # 301696 23-Feb-2010 23:49 Send private message

I've tried everything.
I have been using computers for the last 15 years - a late starter - but self taught.
This has never happened before.
USB, PS/2 mouse and different keyboards and changed them at and after boot time.
The keyboards all work to select from the dual boot menu and to get into BIOS, but the lights go out on the USB one at the prompt, the other types' light stays on, but no ones home :)
The OS (XP) on the other drive works fine, so I can't see it being a hardware problem.
If I can get a MBR on the D drive, can I remove the C drive safely?

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  Reply # 301713 24-Feb-2010 06:30 Send private message

It almost sounds like XP is crashing at the login screen. I take it you have tried save mode? If it is doing the same thing in safe mode you might need to try booting off the XP CD and running a repair.







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  Reply # 302356 26-Feb-2010 01:47 Send private message

No it is not crashing, I can not get past the login screen so I can't do a system restore.

I am Currently doing a repair install to C.
Unfortunately I've got more problems as it is griping about copying the files from the system disk, you know, the one with the big red button with an X. So...I copied those files to the HD, and restarted.
I get the same error, but now I think I'll just show it where those files are...I forgot the location and theres no browser button. Whats going on, there was one there before! So restart, back into D drive, write down the location....didn't work.
Back into D drive - writing this. Believe me, that is the gist of the short version!

Current ideas to work on later: Replace DVD drive, Remove/Disable Magic ISO (virtual DVD drives), if that don't work and I get any further problems with a full reinstall - I'm gonna find a very tall building and teach it the theory of gravity.


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  Reply # 302586 26-Feb-2010 21:33 Send private message

Nety: It almost sounds like XP is crashing at the login screen. I take it you have tried save mode? If it is doing the same thing in safe mode you might need to try booting off the XP CD and running a repair.


What Nety is refering to is Windows locking up.  A common test that I always do when I suspect a machine has locked up is check the Num lock and Caps lock buttons, if pressing them results in no change in the lights on the keyboard it means the CPU (which controls all functions) has locked up.

This would explain the mouse and keyboard not responding even though they work in the bios.

I would boot to safemode (F8 at startup, before the windows xp spash screen) and see if it works there.

If it still doesn't work, run a repair install over the top of your XP install.

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