Posted details below in the Windows XP forum.
As my old laptop Dell Inspiron 1501 - BIOS 2.6.3 was getting more frustrating, even with a larger hard drive (320Gb), it was showing it's age.
I took the decision to install Windows 7 on what had been the XP pro partition on the original 80Gb drive.
The partition was formatted via a Sharkoon USB external drive connector and Partition Magic 8.
I was fairly underwhelmed with the Win 7 (64 bit) performance, though the install was pretty quick.
I pointed the User Documents to the second partition D: using regedit.
- NOD32 from ESET
- Lightroom 2.6
- Microsoft Live Cam
- Adobe Flash
During screen recording, the driver for the ATI card kept being recovered. Camtasia stopped recording.
Whilst trying to type in to fill a form, the Space Bar kept acting as Enter and Backspace was acting as Alt + Left Arrow
So, I thought, there must be something strange on here, let's check with http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php as I have the paid version.
The quick scan detected three items:
- something I couldn't read...because the computer automatically clicked yes and removed them, then restarted itself.
I managed to progress to Win 7 by removing all power and restart with F2 to get to the boot options.
Then I was unable to login - the wrong username and password were used...
...except I hadn't touched the keyboard!
Now the reason for this post being in the XP section.
As I had tried the new OS on a separate physical internal hard drive, I just thought I would swap back the original larger XP pro drive (recovery console is installed).
I get the same issue with the Dell progress bar and although there is no welcome screen for this setup, I still don't get through until using F2 for the boot options and removing all power and battery.
As this had been an issue with the Win 7 login, I thought I would try recovery console...
...but it gets halfway and then the internal Bleep of the computer gives a recurring noise - despite speakers being disabled.
When I have got through to Win XP Pro, I try to launch MBAM, which has a shortcut on a folder on the desktop.
- A single click on the folder generates multiple openings of the folder. (Typically 7)
- Double clicking on MBAM generates multiple warnings saying it is already running (Typically 29). The copy that is running is repeatedly aborted and out of memory errors can show up.
All in all, I am stuck.
Any help is appreciated.
I tried to install Linux Mandriva 2010 and am getting similar issues.
It seems the keys have lost their mapping. Enter as a key doesn't wok, but Ctrl + M does!
This shows up when using the
During the Mandriva install attempt, a drop down menu kept reacting to an invisible Enter key press.
The keyboard was replaced by Dell under warranty around 8 months ago, but nothing is spilt on it and it is generally well looked after.
All suggestions welcome.