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#1 sniper8752

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 12:54 PM

I was installing updates with windows update and also installing a usb wireless adapter driver. the mouse stopped working, so i forced restart it, and now i can't use the mouse or keyboard. not even sure how to boot from the cd drive to install xp again... any ideas what to do?

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 02:40 PM

Hi sniper -
If you have your XP CD then the link below is one of the better Reinstall / Repair tutorials to follow.
http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/topic/138-how-to-repair-windows-xp/page__view__findpost__p__489

There are also several other places to find Reinstall / Repair tutorials on the web, if you Google XP Reinstall / Repair.
This also depends on your Operating System -

Thank You -

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 03:07 PM

System manufacturer and model?

Onscreen error messages, please?

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 03:21 PM

i am not able to do the restore. it boots from the hard drive first. the keyboard nor the mouse works. have tried inserting the windows xp cd. i have a dell dimension. it runs on the home version. the only onscreen error message i get will sometimes be "keyboard failure".

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 05:47 PM

What I would try...detach the hard drive from both the PSU and the motherboard...then remove the CMOS battery and physically turn the PSU off.

Lack of power combined with the absence of the CMOS battery may break the reboot loop...this can be tested after a few minutes by replacing the CMOS battery, turning the PSU back on...and then trying to go into the BIOS (with hard drive still disconnected).

FWIW: When installing drivers...I suggest not trying to install Windows updates...and vice versa.

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Edited by hamluis, 08 March 2012 - 08:01 PM.


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Posted 08 March 2012 - 07:18 PM

lol yea.... thought of that afterwards! :P i finally got it to boot to cd! so do people usually boot to cd first so they don't have to go through all of this trouble?

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 08:05 PM

The way I work it...I initially set the BIOS to boot from CD. After Windows is installed, I change it to boot from the hard drive with Windows.

IMO, it really doesn't matter...since I can always access the BIOS to change the boot options.

The only time I could not enter the BIOS...I needed to replace the CMOS battery. Once that was done, the system behaved normally.

Sooo...you are good to go now?

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