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After hard drive install keyboard not working

Q: After hard drive install keyboard not working

I installed a new hard drive on Dell Inspiron 1501 Laptop, started up and got to the "Press Any Key to Continue" message on black screen, but when I press any key nothing happens.

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I am going to read the tutorial online. My keyboard not working was really the major problem, Thanks for being here and I apologize for taking up a thread like this. May the Lord bless you all.

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My hard drive died in my Inspiron 660. I ordered a new hard drive and a Dell USB recovery key. Dell recommended a recovery key for Windows 8 pro based on my service tag. I installed the new drive and used the recovery key to install Windows 8 pro. I then used a third party tool to get the product key from the BIOS. The product key does not work. I'm wondering if the product key on the BIOS is for Windows 8, not Windows 8 pro. If so, Dell recommended the wrong recovery key.
What do I need to do to successfully activate Windows?
Secondly, on my old hard drive, I had upgraded to Windows 10 when it was a free upgrade. How do I get the free upgrade back?

A:had to install new hard drive, windows key not working

Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 TH1 and TH2 had edition specific installation issues. Your key may be a Single Language Edition or a with Bing Edition and hence rejected by installation media of the wrong Edition.
From Windows 10 TH2 and later all Windows 8.x and 7 OEM keys are treated as Windows 10 keys. Edition specific installation problems were fixed with Windows 10 RS1. The Windows 10 RS1 .iso is multi-edition. It contains all OEM Editions and will automatically pickup a Windows 8/8.1/10 UEFI BIOS OEM System Locked Preinstallation key and automatically install the correct Edition of Windows 10:

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I recently had put in a new hard drive (Western Digital WD Blue 1TB 7200 RPM) as the Seagate Barracuda that had previously come new with this HP Pavilion 500-098 (which originally came with Windows 8, but now runs Windows 7 Ultimate x64) is no longer in good condition. I had used a tool to transfer all of my old data and I was able to move them over successfully. Everything so far seems to be working as normal, except for one thing..

The FN Keys that I have on my keyboard (Xtreme Gaming Wired Gaming Keyboard 8018678) now no longer function as they previously did on the other hard drive. I have tried various methods of getting it to work, to no avail. There is no option in my bios to enable Action Keys, I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling the HID Drivers with no success, and I have installed all the updates that were available, to again no success. I've even tried plugging it into different USB ports with again, no success.

I am running out of options here and am getting very frustrated with the lack of ability to do this. Is there anything that could hopefully fix this problem?

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My T410i hard drive died, I have Windows 7 Home Basic OA key, but how to install on new hard drive? I had to replace the hard drive, I realise from the help pages I should have written down the error messages before replacing... Either way I am unsure how to obtain the Windows 7 Home Basic software to re-install.I have the key, where should I go - the microsoft site says it came pre-installed so I need to contact the supplier - Lenovo, but on the product list T410i is too old and not listed. Thanks in advance for you time.CheersPaul

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I have a customer's Satellite L305D S5895 laptop. This was shipped to me by the customer who tried to install Windows XP Pro, Vista and none would install. He said he tried all installation CDs he had and finally gave up on it and shipped it to me.

When I got it the partition were deleted so I tried to install Win 7 and when I do doing a custom install I get an error saying the hard drive can't be formatted on disk 0 or it will give an error that no hard drives were found.

I reset the bios to default and no matter what I do it won't format or find the harddrive. I was going to upgrade the bios but the only way I found to upgrade the bios is after windows is installed. There is no way to make changes to the bios for settings that would have to do with the hard drive. This has a Toshiba MK2546GSX (S1) hard drive.

When installing Win 7 I get the normal windows, "windows is starting", "Select Language", "Select System", "Type of install", "Custom Install", "Delete partitions", "New Partitions", "Format", then the error message "Windows cannot format a partition on disk 0. Error: 0x80070057"

This happens regardless what system I try to install. I've tried two different versions of XP, one of Vista and 3 Win 7 and each time a different install CD.

System Specs
AMD Turion (TM) 64 x 2 Mobile CPU
CPU Speed 2.00 GHz
Toshiba MK2546GSX (S1) hard drive
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A:Solved: win 7 can't find hard drive or can't format hard drive on clean install

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my hard drive crash and i just bought a new hard drive. but i dont have a windows cd only product key on my desktop case.how can I install windows on my new hard drive?

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Galilee Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!I read your post about wanting to restore your PC and wanted to help -- but need more information. Your PC did not come with Win10 preinstalled, so if you were to order HP Recovery Media and use that, it would restore the original operating system, drivers, and HP utilities.  I presume this is NOT what you want, right? So, while you can make Win10 media to recover your PC, it would be a clean-install and nothing would be preserved. You can make such media using this tool: Installing Windows 10 using the media creation tool - Windows Help Note that when you go do download and build install media, the tool defaults to matching what is already installed on your PC (as in, Home for Home, 64-bit for 64-bit).  While you CAN change these settings, do NOT. If you do, the resulting media will be different and will force you to enter a NEW product code! Good Luck 

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hi .
i have a Compaq nx 7400 .
i was hahving a lot of problems with the computer so i decided to put a new hard drive in and reinstall XP .
well i have the new hard drive in and started up the machine and changed the bott options to run from the dvd and all went fine until i should press the ENTER ( return ) button to install XP now . as soon as i did that the next window said no hard drive found . this was also happening on the old hard drive that was in the machine .

im stuck and i dont know what else to try . anyone had this problem before .?

Thanks for any help .
very strange .

A:Solved: new hard drive xp , new install, doesnt find hard drive

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I want to replace the failing hard drive on my Windows 8 dell laptop.  
It did not come with a Windows CD.  Is it possible to install windows onto a replacement hard drive without a CD?
Thanks in advance for any replies.

A:Hard drive failure. How do I install windows on new hard drive without a CD.

You'll need to contact Dell to purchase a copy of the recovery media.

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I have a notebook computer that I am trying to get up and running. About a month ago the computer stopped working. I tried to reinstall xp, but it would freeze during formatting the HDD. One day the format finished and xp told me that the drive might be bad and would not install.

Next I order a 160 GB PATA drive to replace my possibly corrupt 40 GB drive. I start the XP install and get to the "starting windows" part and the keyboard stops working. I can hit F3 to quit, but r - repair and enter - reinstall don't work. After inspecting the switch underneath the enter key I invest in a USB keyboard. The USB keyboard works the same way ... F3 works to quit, but enter and r don't.

Next I try drive in another computer and the install works great. I stop the install when it wants to restart the computer, before it would start installing hardware specific drivers I assume, but the drive wont boot on the broken computer.

For fun I changed the memory chips too, but no change. Also tried using different XP installation disks too. I reset the Bios to default settings (the keyboards work fine). I would try flashing the bios but I could not find any support for Insyde mobile pro version bios.

I read similar threads, but they usually end with throwing the pc off a building or burring it in the ground. I am at my wits end. What could be causing this problem.


A:Keyboard not working during xp install


guess could try above and see if keyboard works if not then must be mobo

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Windpows XP is not picking up either on startup everything loads but can not use them any ideas on a easy solution?

Cheers Everton.

A:[SOLVED THE HARD WAY] Keyboard & mouse not working!!

What sort of keyboard and mouse do you have? (wireless?...USB?)

If you have a USB keyboard and mouse, there may be a problem with XP and your USB drivers...the same applies to wireless.

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hi i have a dell xps system just updated to vista sp2. at reboot it did not recognize the bluetooth keyboard and mouse. when i plugged in a usb mouse i went to the bluetooth settings in windows control panel and searched for devices. it found the mouse but after pairing wouldn't work, and it found the keyboard but returned an unknown error and wouldn't work. is this a known issue and is there a known fix? any help would be appreciated. thanks, markoos

A:keyboard and mouse not working after sp2 install

Originally Posted by markoos

hi i have a dell xps system just updated to vista sp2. at reboot it did not recognize the bluetooth keyboard and mouse. when i plugged in a usb mouse i went to the bluetooth settings in windows control panel and searched for devices. it found the mouse but after pairing wouldn't work, and it found the keyboard but returned an unknown error and wouldn't work. is this a known issue and is there a known fix? any help would be appreciated. thanks, markoos


Its probably a bluetooth driver. go into device manager (type device in search) go to the blue tooth section. Is your device there? does it have a yellow triangle on it?

Are there any other "unknown" devices with yellow triangles on them?


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My son was having a problem with his PC randomly restarting while playing games. So I tried updating the video driver etc made no difference. So I tried a repair install of Window XP. It appeared to be working but when asked questions about loading non microsoft blutooth and audio codecs and so forth the mouse and keyboard wouldnt work so I had to reboot. Same thing happened next time I tried. So I fitted a usb to serial adaptor to both and this time the mouse worked. I got as far as the stage where you input the Windows serial number but the keyboard still didn't work. So I started again and tried another XP repair install. Now neither the keyboard or mouse work, with or without the usb to serial adaptors. I can't even boot to CD during startup. Whats happening? I read somewhere I could load usb drivers to a CD or floppy and load them during the install but I can't remember how to do it. Any suggestions any one?
Win XP sp3
Athlon 2500+
1 Gig RAM
Msi motherboard K7N2G

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Not sure if this is the wrong forum for this question, so I'll apologize in advance if it is!

Have an HP laptop running Vista home edition on it. I recently installed AVG virus scanning on it, after running the un-install for norton as i found it was slowing things down too much. I'm guessing this has messed things up somehow and norton hadn't been fully removed or whatever, because now when the computer boots I have no use of the mouse or keyboard. It's not a hardware issue, I can use the mouse and keyboard in the HP recovery screen and bios etc, just not in windows, windows safe mode, windows command prompt etc.

Anyone have a solution for me? I'm tired of waiting on the help line !


A:Mouse and Keyboard Not Working after AVG install

Also posted here: http://forums.avg.com/us-en/avg-free-forum?sec=thread&act=show&id=78279
You should see a similar problem here: http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/XP/Q_20803165.html

The conclusion that they arrived at was that since you cannot interface with the system you will need to either perform a repair install or completely reinstall Windows. The first will keep your programs and files and the latter will erase everything on the system making it like new again.

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Tried to reinstall XP Home full edition not upgrade. Reformatted hdd and everything was going tine until time to enter product key. Could not enter key! Typed it on keyboard but nothing happened. It did not enter the letters onto the screen. It was like the keyboard was unplugged. (it wasn't).

Background: Grandson was playing on pc. Trying to run a very old game he found in my diskholder. "The Journeyman Project". The pc locked up on him and he restarted the game. Said he never got it to work right. When I tried to use it later it was like the "Caps Lock" was stuck on even though the indicator light on the kybd was not lit. Got caps and symbols for numbers. Unable to use number pad at all. Hit Caps Lock, light came on and started getting small letters but still symbols for numbers. Changed out kybd with same results. Not know what he may have done and since it is a new pc with very litlle on it yet decided to just reeinstall and start over. The first paragraph above is where I am now.
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

A:Keyboard not working during XP Home install

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I upgraded a 2 week old HP laptop from windows 7 to windows 8 and all seemed to go well.

After finishing, though, my keyboard doesn't work correctly. In most programs and on webpages, the number keys do not work nor do the special characters accessed through the shift key. Sometimes they act like the space bar, other times they repeat the previously typed alpha character. All works perfectly in MSWord, however.

The numbers on the keypad do work in all programs.

I've checked the control panel and can't find any settings that appear to influence this - no accessibility settings, nothing.

Any ideas?

A:keyboard not working correctly after Win 8 install

I have exactly the same problem. It is with certainty a Windows 8 issue.

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My computer has always been fast but recently (like in the past couple of days) whenever I click on firefox to bring up the browser the computer slows down to a literal standstill. It can take up to a min for the browser to load. The hard drive light becomes steadily lit and no other programs will work until the browser loads. This doesn't happen when I load other programs, only when I open firefox.

Gateway notebook
Win XP Media Center
100 gig hard drive
1 gig RAM
Antivirus: AVG Free
Firewall: Zone Alarm Free (usually runs on medium)

HJT log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 11:44:11 AM, on 9/29/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
c:\program files\common files\logishrd\lvmvfm\LVPrcSrv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\New Boundary\PrismXL\PRISMXL.SYS
C:\Program Files\DriveIcon\DriveIcon.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
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I have looked through solutions for this issue, but the suggestions don't seem to fix my issue...

I am running Windows 7 SP1 Pro 64-bit on a Dell Optiplex 760, and try to do a clean install of Windows 10, using the ISO file which I downloaded from Microsoft & burnt on to a DVD, and instructions from the tutorial on here, which are very good. I downloaded the correct 64-bit version.

I boot from the DVD, enter my region (UK), and choose custom install, and then my hard drive does not show up on the list of where you would like to install. I have all my USB's unplugged (except keyboard/mouse).

I tried deleting my partions using MiniTool Partition Wizard (bootable DVD), so that the entire disk is unallocated. That didn't fix it. I also tried creating a new partition (NTFS) of the entire drive (to get one Primary NTFS partition). That didn't work. I also tried setting that partition as 'active'. The same.

Before formatting etc, I tried a boot from the Windows 7 install DVD, and the hard drive does show up, unlike the Windows 10 DVD.

Do you think it's an issue with the Windows 10 installer?

I downloaded another version of Win10 from the MS Tech Bench page, but same issue.

After formatting etc, during the Windows 10 boot, I tried another suggestion to open up Command Prompt (Shift + F10), and ran 'diskpart' - and no drives are found. I checked the Bios, and it was there.

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A:Windows 10 clean install - hard drive doesn't show up before install

Welcome toTenforums, Simon.

I am a little concerned that the Windows 10 setup program on DVD does not have drivers to properly see and interrogate the system on your PC so that the hard drive is visible. It's the second similar case on this forum that I've seen recently. You also seem to be trying to clean install on an empty PC - is this correct, because if you do so It will not activate.

After much to-ing and fro-ing, it was finally possible to *copy the Sources folder from the setup ISO file onto a partition on the hard drive, and run the setup from there, where it wasn't possible to boot from the DVD, even though it worked elsewhere.

If you still have Windows 7 installed (and you should do for Windows 10 activation purposes - if just to obtain a genuine ticket for digital entitlement), and you have the ISO download available, the solution is fairly simple. If you haven't you will need the Windows 7 key to activate the install.

You seem pretty PC savvy so, I'd ask you to follow the bolded instructions from the * in the 5th para above.

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I have a Latitude E6420 running Windows 7. I installed a larger hard drive today and put the original (working) drive in an external USB enclosure. I wanted a clean install of Windows 7 on the new drive so rather than use a drive migration utility I used the Dell Operating System Reinstallation DVD. When it was done I discovered that it didn't install any drivers. The network drivers aren't installed, so I can't download the drivers from the internet, and I don't have the Dell Driver Reinstallation CD.
1) Is there a way to use the Recovery Partition on the old drive (now in the external enclosure) to do a factory fresh install on the new drive?
or (maybe even better)
2) Is there somewhere I can download an .iso file for the second E6420 recovery disk (containing Drivers/Factory-installed Apps?)
or (least desirable)
3) What drivers would I need to download (on another computer) and manually transfer/install to the E6420 via an external USB drive so I can connect over Wifi to download the rest of the drivers directly onto the E6420?
Thanks for your help!

A:Latitude E6420 easiest driver install method after fresh Win 7 install on new hard drive?

Dear jedijunk, Recovery option works only when old hdd it is in laptop. You do not have readily available .iso file with factory installed drivers. Drivers for Latitude E6420 available in dell support site, download them in another computer, then copy to new hdd, then perform installation.
But the easiest & simple method is to fix the old hdd in laptop, use Hiren Boot CD or any other Disk Image Utility, copy the C:\ drive (of old hdd) disk image in another partition of old hdd, then remove old hdd & fix new hdd in laptop, use restore the disk image to new hdd. Hope this info helps you.  

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Good evening,I've purchased a Lenovo ideapad 700 (a pretty high performance laptop) almost one month ago and in this month i've noticed a very annoying issue, the keyboard stops working randomly.In one month this happened 6-7 times, no one of  the keys responds and the only way is to Hard shut down pressing the power button for 10 seconds, then it returns back to normal.Fact is, i use this pc also for gaming and i press keys pretty fast, is there a combination of keys that shut down the keyboard completely?  Is the driver outdated/corrupted? Am i pressing keys faster than processor's response time?Thanks if everyone want to reply, btw i'm really considering the possibility to return the product if the issue is not resolved.

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Hey there,

I have been having quite a few issues. Before I decided to purchase a Logitech MX5000 Desktop set, I used to love the feature of Windows XP where you could place the computer into standby so that boot-up would only take a few seconds.

That was really useful but...

...it's now not working!

Before I installed the MX5000 set it used to work fine but now when I place the machine into standby, instead of switching off completely and just having the small power light flashing like it did before, when I hit standby the computer tower stays on, the lights stay on, the fans still spin but the monitor goes off.

I have come to the conclusion that the Logitech set has interfered with the standby function of Windows XP. But even after uninstalling the keyboard software completely it still doesnt work. The full power-off on standby used to work with this keyboard and mouse, that was until the software was installed.

Any ideas? thanks so much...


A:Standby Not Working Since Keyboard/Mouse Install

have you gone into the power settings control panel and re-enabled standby?

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I've had this problem now for a while, the hard drive light is constantly flashing and you can hear the drive doing what it does, so decided to go ahead and do an upgrade.  Bought a new 2TB WD hard drive, and did a new install of Win 7 Home Edition.  
Problem still exists.  I am looking at the Resource Monitor > Disk Activity and there is a lot of stuff going on.  I've captured a screen shot.  Can anyone tell me what is going on and can I stop this madness?  I left my computer running all night, woke up around 4 am, and it is just as busy as ever.
Ran malwarebytes on it today and says everything is clean.
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A:New install, new hard drive, but hard drive never stops

Pretty much just looking like windows indexing your hard drive on a clean install. Pretty normal. SearchIndexer.exe is the windows indexing programing, that is reading the files and the data being written below that to the programdata\microsoft\search\ directories is where the indexed data is stored. This just makes it faster to search for files using the Windows search function. Leave the computer on for a couple of days and it should finish shortly.
However I have seen it where if you have a file that is corrupted for some reason it will cause the search indexer to lock on that file. If you restored old data to your drive windows will reattempt to index all of that old data, and potentially run into a problem file. 
If it just drives ya nuts though you can just disable the searchindexer service by hitting Start, typing services.msc, hit enter. Towards the bottom of the list find the service named Windows Search, double click it and change the startup type to disabled. Restart and you should see decreased disk activity, but will find that if you search for files it will be a bit slower.

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My old HP Pavilion Entertainment Notebook's hard drive died last year. I bought a new hard drive and have installed it. The problem is attempting to install Vista using the recovery disc that came with the system. I changed the boot order so the machine would load from the cd/dvd but nothing happens. I just get a "Operating System Missing" message.  What am I doing wrong?

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the keyboard and pc are Medion,delivered together, only a month old and it worked fine untill ms office install. I have already downloaded driver from Medion ,plus udate driver from MS.: win8 answers- driver deactivated - another driver is installed now - the best driver installed. I tried to put the old driver back but it is now unreadable/currupt even though I dowloaded new one. 
 I get this answer in device manager:
Windows can not start this hardware device because its configuration information (in the registry) is incomplete or damaged. (Code 19)
PLEASE HELP i'm really tired of using monitor keyboard.

A:keyboard not working after install ms office. driver problem

The error code 19 in the Device Manager is specific to the CD/DVD-ROM.  Try uninstalling the drivers, then restart the computer.  A new native driver will be installed.

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Lenovo Ideapad 100s 11IBY

Installing Windows 10 via USB to a cleaned drive.

Keyboard not working during Windows installation setup via 'Repair Computer', 'Troubleshoot', 'Command Prompt' to convert format from MBR to GPT.

It has been suggested to carryout the following:-
To manually wipe a drive and convert it to GPT: 
Turn off the PC, and put in the Windows installation DVD or USB key. 
Boot the PC to the DVD or USB key in UEFI mode. For more info, see Boot to UEFI Mode or Legacy BIOS mode. 
From inside Windows Setup, press Shift+F10 to open a command prompt window. 
Open the diskpart tool: 
Type: diskpart 
5. Identify the drive to reformat: 
Type: list disk 
6. Select the drive, and reformat it: 
Type: select disk <disk number> 
Type: clean 
Type: convert gpt 
Type: exit 
7. Close the command prompt window. 
8. Continue the Windows Setup installation. 

When choosing an installation type, select Custom. The drive will appear as a single area of unallocated space.
Select the unallocated space and click Next. Windows begins the installation. 

OK but the keyboard will not work as said earlier.

I feel like a Tennis ball with this problem that BitLocker has caused.

Having been in touch with the Manufacture 'Lenovo' about this whole issue not having a Recovery key etc.

They are saying its a problem Microsoft caused with its update recently.

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In order to rectify a compatibility problem with my Logitech Optical Mouse/Keyboard with Hitman 2, an Eidos support site recommended that I should install Microsoft Intellimouse drivers to overcome the problems with Logitech's custom drivers (they were causing some pretty serious glitching in the game which I had just bought and wasn't willing to give up on)

So, I downloaded the latest version of the Intellimouse drivers. Now, I don't know computers intimately but I'm fairly computer literate so it didn't surprise me when a box came up saying "other mouse pointer drivers detected, uninstall? select yes to continue Intellimouse driver installation"

naturally, I thought that these Intellimouse drivers would be compatible with my mouse and I could therefore delete my current Logitech drivers and everything would be ok. So, after uninstalling it prompted me to reboot, which I did.

Upon rebooting it completed the Intellimouse driver install and came up with a "select your mouse" type list - now I decided that since there were no Logitech mice on the list I should select a mouse with similar functionality, the Wheel Mouse Optical (which I do actually have, on another computer) stupidly believing it would work. It prompted to reboot again, which I did.

Unfortunately when I reached the login page after rebooting I found that the mouse and keyboard failed to work. When I tried using my Wheel Man Optical and corresponding keyboard, they ... Read more

A:Mouse/Keyboard not working after Intellimouse Driver install

Try tapping f8 at boot, and choosing last known good.

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format my hard drive for clean install of new windows 10 on flash drive

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I am trying to re-install xp pro on my Toshiba Notebook with an external DVD drive. I am able to boot from the drive and the blue "windows setup" screen begins to load.

After I press enter to set up Window XP, it says "setup did not find any hard disk drives installed on your comptuer...Press F3 to quit.

I am stumped. If I quit setup and I can reboot and load my original windows. Therefore, the hard disk is present and works fine.

How do I get the windows setup to see the hard drive and proceed with setup?


A:Solved: Install Windows with External Dvd Drive - Hard drive not found?

It is usually because the installation cannot recognise the SATA driver for the hard disc
If you have a usb drive load from Toshiba the sata controller drivers
so on the screen for the install you press F6 load drivers and then load the sata driver from the usb - I say usb as I presume you do not have a floppy drive
OR you can include them in a reburnt CD using nLite but that is a longer way round the problem


OR you can TRY try this

Enter your BIOS/Setup Utility
Locate the Serial ATA or SATA configuration section
I&#8217;ve seen this section called &#8216;On Chip Config&#8217; on some Phoenix Award BIOS

On Lenovo/IBM ThinkPads it&#8217;s in Config > Serial ATA (Sata)
Change the mode of the SATA controller from AHCI to IDE or Compatibility
Save & Exit
Reboot and begin the Windows Setup again.
If Windows Setup successfully detects your hard disk this time then go ahead and perform the Windows Setup.
When Windows setup completes change the mode back to AHCI in the BIOS


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One day while using my computer i noticed my mouse stopped working which is plugged into my USB port. After investigating i realized my USB ports were giving power but my computer was not recognizing them. My keyboard still worked since it was plugged in the old Keyboard input however when i went to get an old mouse to plug in the mouse input it still wouldn't recognize it. My Control panel wouldn't open the "Mouse" menu either. After awhile i went back to try my computer and noticed now the Keyboard wont even work. Thinking it was a port issue i took my extra computer and just plugged the hard drive into the extra one and now i have the same problem so I'm pretty sure there's something wrong with my hard drive. I have no idea what to do since i cant log in or anything. Please Help.

A:Hard Drive not recognizing Mouse, Keyboard, or USB

Never connect or disconnect mice and keyboards that have the round PS/2 connectors without first turning off the computer.

Have a local friend who knows about computers take a look at it.

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I just installed a new k8m800-m7a motherboard. After installing it the computer ran fine. After the first shut down it has no power to the fans, hard drive or keyboard. I have replaced the psuand the power switch. I also used a different power cord. I cleared the cmos to see if that would help but nothing. The board seems to be getting power at least when i plug in the internet the light comes on. Can anyone give me some advice of something I am overlooking.

A:no power to keyboard, fans, or hard drive

please read the guides before posting common questions.


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Hi. I have problem when trying to remove a USB connected disk drive; whenever I click on the icon in the bottom right of the task bar and choose the device to eject, once it's removed I also lose my USB keyboard - I have to manually unplug it then replug it to get it working again.

I only seem to have this problem with this particular drive, my USB stick doesn't provoke this problem.

The hard drive is a rather old Maxtor 60G, NTFS.

Weirdly, the mouse, which is connected by USB through a port on the keyboard, continues to function normally... The keyboard is from Apple, the aluminium Apple model. I never had this problem with Vista.

Any Ideas?

A:USB hard drive ejection killing keyboard

Hi gabor, that's a really weird problem!.....
Have you tried to eject it from Explorer??

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I disabled the optical drive from Windows System folder because it was faulty and slowing down my computer.

However, now, a virus has stopped from starting Windows.

Since this configuration of Windows on the Hard Drive, can I replace the Hard Drive with a new one so it can:

A. Reset my configuration to allow a Windows Installation disk to boot up from the "newly installed" optical drive,

B. Erase any prior infected files I may have had on the previous Hard Drive.

Thank you,


The computer is a Dell Inspirion 2200 Notebook.

A:I cannot boot my install cd from my optical drive? Should I replace my hard drive?

Go into your BIOS and make sure the CD drive is the first boot device
Use the recovery CD that came with your computer and boot to it

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I'm using Windows xp sp2 and a couple of days ago I tried to copy a wav music track from a cd in my cd drive onto one of my hard drives(not the hard drive with windows on it) it gave a message saying unable to complete due to hardware connection being interrupted
since then the Cd drive and Harddrive I was copying too work only intermittently and for a short time. If you try and copy anything too or from the drive it will start working and then stop.
I think this is a virus problem but aren't completely sure as I've run spyware doctor which found a couple of viruses, but the problem continues despite removing them
thanks. hope someone can help

A:Hard drive and cd drive stopped working after file transfer

I'm not a 100% sure but I'm suspecting you power supply. Anybody else go a thought?

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The other day i discovered that my keyboard stopped working but my mouse and touch pad still work.After searching the web for answers, i thought a fresh install would fix my problem.....wrong!! Now I cant get windows to update!! Can anyone help me? I have to use the on screen keyboard for now until it is confirmed that my keyboard is bad. My 8 yr old was the last one on said laptop before the keyboard stopped working.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Starter, Service Pack 1, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU N2600 @ 1.60GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 54 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 1012 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator 3600 Series, 0 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 284 GB (267 GB Free);
Motherboard: Acer, JE01_CT
Antivirus: McAfee Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware, Enabled and Updated

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Hello all,

I have a Toshiba A300-18A laptop, bought in Portugal in 2008. It came pre-installed with Vista and I always left it in place because I couldn't find a proper time to backup everything properly. These holidays, I finally had the time to do that and 2 or 3 weeks ago I installed Win7. I didn't do an upgrade and did the custom install over the previous Vista version. Right after installation, during the first uses, my keyboard froze during an internet session. Simply, no key would work, but I had full control of the computer otherwise. Over the next days I found it happened quite frequently, and it didn't even need to be on internet. The most often place to freeze is in text editors (ConText, TexnicCenter), Excel (I'm using Office 2007), an online MMO and even the login screen, before I can actually access my computer. A restart usually solves the problem temporarily, sometimes I need two restarts in a row.

Due to this, I did a reinstall of Win7, this time formatting the C: partition where I was making the installation. So this was a real clean install and I still had the same problems. I thought it would be drivers, so I installed some drivers I downloaded from Toshiba support center and THEN I found out about Toshiba's Win7 installation helper and installed it over the drivers.

Still the same problems. There are more curious things about the keyboard: it usually seems to think ctrl is pressed. I have opened the on-screen keyboard and noticed th... Read more

A:Keyboard stops working and video problems after win7 Install

I don't know if this proper forum netiquette, but I'd like to *bump* this topic. I would very much appreciate some help on this issue.
Thank you.

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I have Windows 7 installed on my new computer, but my firewire audio card and also some software wouldn't work properly with it, so I put my old hard drive with Windows XP installed on it into my new computer.

I can boot up Windows XP from the second hard drive at the bios screen bit, but when it gets to the log in screen, the mouse and keyboard will not respond. I have tried multiple mice and keyboards including the old school style non-USB keyboard. The keyboard works fine to press F12 to get into the boot menu etc but then just stops working completely when XP is loaded. I assume its some kind of driver issue or something like that but I'm pretty useless with computers and I have no idea how I can get my mouse and keyboard to respond in XP

Please if anyone knows how let me know, thanks!!


A:Booting XP from second hard drive Mouse/Keyboard problem

I was thinking about maybe if I copy and pasted all the drivers from my C: windows folder into the windows folder on my D: drive (old hard drive). Maybe this would let my mouse and keyboard work? I'm a bit worried though it seems like the kind of thing I do that seems like a logical idea but actually screws up my PC

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Hi,I am planning to order a P-51 laptop and I have made up my mind on which options I would be going for, which is listed below from my cart... Now there is an option for me to choose a first hard drive, 500GB HDD 7200rpm, for zero cost, in addition to my ordered 1TB SSD as a second hard drive...  My main concern is that I need to make sure that you will install windows on the 1TB SSD, and NOT the 500GB HDD... Is that an option...?! I am afraid that if I order the 500GB HDD 7200, that you will install windows on it, since it is labled "First Hard Drive"... This is why you will see that so far I have not included the 500GB HDD in below configuration. Also, is there a chance to get Arabic letters on my keyboard?!..  in addition to the English letters of course... Hope I make some sense in my question...Thanks.Sameh  Processor : Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6 Processor (4 Cores, 8MB Cache, up to 4.20GHz)Operating System : Windows 10 Pro for Workstations 64Operating System Language : Windows 10 Pro 64 for Workstations EnglishDisplay : 15.6" FHD (1920x1080), IPS, 10-point multi-touchMemory : 32GB(16+16) DDR4 2400MHz ECC SoDIMMGraphic Card : NVIDIA Quadro M2200 4GB GDDR5Base : NVIDIA Quadro M2200 4GBColor Sensor : With Color SensorCamera : 720p HD Camera with MicrophoneThinkpad Pen : ThinkPad Pen ProKeyboard : Backlit Keyboard with Number Pad - EnglishPointing Device : 3-button TrackPoint pointing device and 3-button multi-touch touchp... Read more

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Install win 7 on hp9417cl laptop with a 250 gig hitachi drive with a drive C and a small drive d for reinstalling the original hp image. I was given a choice of which one to have the install on, chose drive c and when the install was done the drive had only 149 gig!!

What happened and what can I do?

A:WIN 7 install steals 100 gig off hard drive on install

Depends on the amount of memory you have. Remember that in addition to the operating system, Windows will create a swap file (virtual memory) which will depend on the amount of memory you already have. The less memory you have, the larger the initial swap file. Windows will also create a prefetch folder (it's small) which will depend on the amount of disk space you have and the number of programs you open.

Both, the swap file and the prefetch folder, will adjust to a smaller size if you need the disk space.

Note that the prefetch folder is in your Windows directory (unhidden). The swap file is a hidden file in the Windows folder, unless you make any changes to it. If you do, it will move to the root of whatever drive you put it on. If you just make a change to the size, it will still move to the root of the drive.


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Hi, Is this possible? I have tried numerous times on my PC to install Windows 7 onto my Sata Drive to no avail. Yet as soon as I plug in my IDE HD it installs fine.

I have unplugged all external peripherals USB and internal Card Reader. Set my Bios ok as it sees both the Hard Drive and DVD fine (Both in the bios and during selection of hard drive during windows 7 installation). Yet when I come to install it, it craps out at a random percentage saying cannot read from source or worse yet it crawls so slow through the percentages (I really don't think Windows 7 should take 6 hours to get to 15%!!) Yet both the hard drive and dvd are fine and the disc works great on my other PC without the sata drive in. I'm pulling my hair out here!!!

My motherboard is a Biostar G31-M7 TE with latest bios now what is odd is that I recently updated the BIOS to the latest one so does my problem come from here or was it always going to be a problem on this board? Also when I do have win7 installed on the IDE drive when I plug in ther sata drive inside the whole system goes belly up (from freezes when transferring large files to just not seeing the drive)


A:Install Windows 7 with Sata Hard Drive and IDE DVD ROM Drive

Have you checked out all of our Questions list ?

Questions to use for help with Installation Issues

One of my favorite tips is to pre-format the HD on another computer to the partitions that you want for the new install on the new computer. Sometimes SATA drivers are required during install either from Disc or USB flash drive containing the correct Sata drivers needed.
Also check your Bios setting for AHCI, SATA, IDE.

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I just wiped clean my hard drive (intentionally) and then did a clean install of XP Pro.

Now my hard drive is Local Disk (E instead of (C as it always has been. I don't know if this is likely to be a problem or not but in any event I'd like to reassign my drives so that I can get it back to being (C.

Does anybody know if (a) this is possible and (b) how to do it?

(Currently my Zip Drive has the C assignment.)

A:Hard Drive no longer Drive C after clean install

You will have to re-install XP, and remove the ZIP drive(s) before the install, then they won't interfere with the drive lettering.

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Hello, I hope someone can help me with an issue I've just come across.

I bought an LG BH14 Blu Ray DVD drive to replace my old LG drive. I unplugged my pc, pulled out the old unit, disconnected the two wires, connected them to my new unit, and popped it back in. Too easy, right?

After startup, I went to install the software that came with the new blu ray drive, and noticed that my secondary hard drive was missing from 'My Computer'
I have a WD drive as 'C', and a Seagate that is partitioned into E,F,G, etc.... all that was showing and accessible was the 'C' drive.
I checked Disk Management, and only 'C' and the blu ray drive are there.

I tried System Restore to no avail.... nowhere on my pc can I find, access, or even prove that my other drive even exists, even after reboot.

So, again I unplugged and popped off the cover to see if any other wires came loose, but everything is as it should be.

I've scanned the forums and seen similar problems, but not the same. This is an existing drive that has worked well for over a year, not a new install.....

I'm not the brightest bulb on the tree, so any help would be most appreciated. Thanks.

oh, I'm running Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit...... whatever that means

A:Secondary hard drive disappeared after install of Blu Ray DVD drive


I would double-check both the power and SATA cable connectors between this 2nd disk and the motherboard. Then, when booting, enter the BIOS screen and see if this 2nd drive is listed in the BIOS.


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I want to install a 2nd hard drive and put all my apps and data on new drive then reformat my original drive with original
operating system (windows ME). What is the easiest way to do this? If I do this, how do I get all my programs back in the
START\PROGRAMS list and in the add/remove programs list? Thanks in advance for your help

A:I want to install a 2nd hard drive and put all my apps and data on new drive

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Need help! my old 120 gb hd will not load windows xp. It stalls at the safe mode option page and will not load in safe mode, last known or normally.

I bought new 160 gb hd and tried to install windows xp from original cd, which does work on other computers, but only loads everything and stalls at starting windows.

I also tried to run bart pe from cd but that also stalled at startup.

I'm at a loss. I can't seem to do anything with this pc.

Does any one have suggestions to test further? can it be a memory, video or motherboard problem. All help is greatly appreciated. bob

A:cannot load windows xp on old hard drive, cannot install xp on new drive

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I recently replaced my hard drive with a SSD and put a fresh install of Windows 7 Home Premium edition on my laptop. I've had a lot of trouble getting all the drivers to work but fixing the optical drive seems to be giving me the most trouble. I've looked around on this website and on several forums. I've gone into the device manager where the DVD/CD-ROM DRIVE entry only appears when I select to see hidden devices, and even then it is not the optical drive that is installed but something to do with my android phone so scanning for hardware changes makes no difference. I have seen tips on going into the registry to delete two files named upperfilters and lowerfilters, neither of which exist in my registry.  The drive can be seen from my BIOS but appears nowhere else. When I insert a disc I can hear and feel it moving so the hardware is still functioning.  When I installed the new hard drive, I did not unplug anything else so I am certain that the drive is just as connected as it was before when it was working properly. Any other suggestions?

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I recently bought a new computer, the hard drive only had 320 gb of storage though, so I upgraded to a 1TB hard drive and made the old hard drive into an external.

The first time I plugged it in, it crashed my computer, so I cleaned it using disk part. Now my computer wont open it at all. It doesnt show up on "my computer" or on other computers either. Its simply inaccessible.

So what can I do?

A:Old hard drive isnt working as an external drive

Have you looked in Disk Management? http://pcsupport.about.com/od/termsd/p/disk-management.htm

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My computer has slowed right down and the hard driving sounds like it just keeps working and working and working. It never stops.

Have I picked up something?

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 6:44:25 PM, on 05/10/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE
C:\Documents and Settings\Dad\My Documents\Programs\HiJack This\HijackThis.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.google.ca/
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHlprObj Class - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SDHelper.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HPDJ Taskbar Utility] C:\WINDOWS\system32\spool\drivers\w32x86\3\hpztsb05.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NeroCheck] C:\WINDOWS\System32\\NeroCheck.exe
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A:Hard drive just keeps working and working - I'm I infected?

Unless mistaken, you should have just done some online scans which didnt find much.

Your log appears clean & I think your hard drive's workings are the cause of Windows indexing service.
More info here > http://www.theeldergeek.com/indexing_service.htm

Malware usually aren't the noisy type..lol

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