At first I thought this was just some error with Windows, but it's gotten worse and I'm certain it has to be a virus. Whenever I start up my computer my keyboard and mouse stop working. But not right off the bat. The computer recognizes them and lets me use them for a bit. Now, whenever I start up the computer I hit escape and choose the right hard drive from the boot menu. In the several years I've owned this thing it has never let me actually change the boot order in the BIOS. I don't know why, every computer has its quirks so I just sort of dealt with it. So I go to the boot menu, and lately if I hit the arrow keys too soon the keyboard stops responding immediately. If I wait a few seconds, I can scroll down to the correct HDD and boot up and the computer runs fine. So I've been trying to find a fix, but haven't been able. Now it's gotten worse all of a sudden, and when I do start up Windows itself, I can use my mouse and keyboard for a few minutes before they stop responding anyways. So I tried to start up the computer in Safe Mode, but I can't get to the option. After I select the boot drive and hold F8, the menu comes up and I can only hit the up key a couple times before the keyboard stops. I've tried repeatedly, there's just no getting into Safe Mode. I'm pretty much out of ideas, here.
I'm running Windows XP Pro. If you can help at all, it would be greatly appreciated. Let me know any information you need.
Edit: Okay, so I'm not completely locked out of the computer. As long as I leave them alone for awhile after booting Windows, it seems like the mouse and keyboard won't deactivate once I start using them. Though I still can't get into Safe Mode. Anyways, I may have been jumping the gun about this being a virus, but it's just really weird
. I have never heard of something like this happening. Freaked me out, I guess. In any case, it's still a problem and any help would be welcomed.
Edited by Amedeus, 04 September 2010 - 11:49 PM.
Nothing at this point suggests malware, so I'm moving this to the Windows XP forum. ~ OB