Posted 08 July 2012 - 09:43 AM
Hi - I've been registered since 2010, but haven't had a problem until just recently. In September, 2011, I installed a new hard drive on my system to gain extra space. I use a Western Digital 500Gb "My Book Essential" as my constantly on-line backup. I used SIIG USB 2.0 to SATA/IDE connectivety solution to clone from the drive being replaced to the new drive. And, I reinstalled my Windows XP 2002 Media Center Edition OS using the CD's provided with the system when purchased new from Dell. Things seemed to have gone well. Then, a couple of months ago I upgraded the video display portion of my system from ("rather generic") to a ATI Radeon HD2600 graphics card. This was done to enhance my flight simmulation experiences. Once again, following the installation procedures provided by the ATI card manufacturer, all seemed to go well. Then, about six weeks ago the boot sequence has taken a new twist - and, the MS Windows Installer Service is not working. The boot sequence now goes through several "blank/black" screens, indicates at some time (moments) during this sequence that there has been a keyboard failure, takes several minutes (literally) to get to the "Windows is Starting Up" screen, cannot be interuppted during this long sequence with either an F2, F8, or F12 key (even with contstant "keying"), and finally gets the job done and appears to act normally. Except, the MS Windows Installer Service still isn't working! I have made certain that the service is installed, and tried both manual and "running" choices as status, tried updating the service (to no avail), tried a variety of "how to fix Windows Installer" solutions (from the web) - and, still have a problem.
I'd like to resolve the significantly long boot process, fix the "keyboard failure" "problem" (keyboard works just fine once the boot sequence has its way), find a way to interupt the boot sequence with an "F key" command (for setup, etc.). I'm pretty much lost now as to what to do next. Anyone have any suggestions?
Thanks in advance for any inputs.
Dan Clark, in the woods, in northern Minnesota