Posted 19 May 2005 - 08:02 AM
I would download the image for and create a Win98SE boot (EBD) disk and use that as a DOS boot troubleshooting aid. Or one for ME...
First step is to make sure the pointing device and keyboard are properly connected. Then boot and have the BIOS entry key (DEL, ESC, Control, F1, F2, F10, F12, whatever it is on the model) down. In BIOS, make sure the keyboard and/or mouse are properly activated and that you can navigate BIOS with the keyboard. Make sure the floppy (and the CDROM) is set to boot before the HD.
Boot to the floppy and see if you can enter ordinary text at the command line. If you have any problems with this, try another keyboard. If there are further problems making any PS/2 keyboard work, connect and try a USB keyboard, and reboot, enter BIOS, and turn on 'legacy' USB as well as all USB on the MB. Any further KB problems are signs that the clock is tolling on that Cinderella box doorstop and you'll need a new PC (hope you get a real one this time instead of a PB...).
If you have a WinME boot floppy or can boot to the WinME CDROM, you can then run scandisk and scanreg from DOS to examine your OS.
Good luck with the PC and OS you're using...
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