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#1 Cronus

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 02:18 PM

This problem just started this morning when I turned the computer on. It displays a 'Keyboard failure,' and then boots up like normal. The keyboard itself only works (caps lock/num lock lights, key responses) in the advanced startup screen, so I can boot up in safe mode.

But normally, it goes to the login screen, hangs for two seconds, then crashes. The graphics get glitchy too. I don't know what kind of info to write down from it. I'm not computer-illiterate, but have little experience with big problems like this. A graphical glitch covers the 'Technical Information,' so all I can get from the BSoD is
DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL

I've tried System Restore twice. The first time, I chose two days ago. No results. The second time, I chose a month ago. After the reboot, it told me that System Restore had had a problem and couldn't restore.





Windows XP SP3
MC Edition
Version 2002
Build 2600.xpsp_sp3_gdr.100216-1514

Any help would be very appreciated!

Edited by Cronus, 29 June 2010 - 02:48 PM.


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Posted 29 June 2010 - 03:26 PM

Boot into safe mode, go to Device, uninstall the keyboard, reboot.

If no joy, try a different keyboard.

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 04:38 PM

Boot into safe mode, go to Device, uninstall the keyboard, reboot.

If no joy, try a different keyboard.

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Thanks for the quick reply!

How do I uninstall it? It's as if there is no keyboard, there's just nothing to uninstall. Unplugging the keyboard and booting like that results in the same thing.

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 05:49 PM

Start/Run...type devmgmt.msc and hit Enter.

Click the plus-sign in front of Keyboards...right-click on described keyboard, uninstall.

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 06:52 PM

Start/Run...type devmgmt.msc and hit Enter.

Click the plus-sign in front of Keyboards...right-click on described keyboard, uninstall.

Louis


Sorry for being a pain, but... there is no keyboard option on Device Manager. It's like the driver is malfunctioning. Is that possible?

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 07:35 PM

It's possible that your keyboard is dead...or that the port is screwed up...or that your CMOS battery is flaky...or that your BIOS has become damaged...and all the other things I can't imagine.

I would start with the CMOS battery and replace it. When it starts going bad...IME, strange, atypical hardware errors may be seen.

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