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Trying to Repair Win XP on laptop with USB keyboard

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Trying to Repair Win XP on laptop with USB keyboard

cargus10
I have a laptop with a damaged keyboard, so I use a USB keyboard & mouse. Am trying to repair Win XP SP2, and all is fine until it promots me for localization and for my product key. At that point, the USB keyboard and mouse stop working, and the primary keyboard is too damaged to enter the Product Key. How can I get the Win XP repair process to not unload the USB? I've tried using Shift+F10 to keep the command console open, but no luck there.
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cargus10

For some reason Alienware m9700 keyboards are near impossible to find.

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http://www.laptoppartsexpert.com/c-49567-alienware-aurora-m9700.html

Just fill out this "AlienWare Aurora m9700 Laptop/Notebook Parts Request Form" and they should be able to send you a new keyboard, hopefully. :)

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As none of the ones I have (a usb keyboard from microsoft and a second roll up one) give me issues and they're what I generally use when I repairing computers.

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santeewelding

Welcome back.

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OH Smeg

But if you want to do a Clean Install you can get by with Slipstreaming a Install Disc and including the Product Key as well as the Specialized Drivers for your Hardware with nLite available free here

http://www.nliteos.com/download.html

The full instructions for this application are available here on their Web Site

http://www.nliteos.com/guides.html

But this will not allow you to do a repair install of XP.

Col

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cargus10

What I had to do was unplug the Logitech USB trackball. For some reason, that allowed the Belkin kybd to work.

Of course, the Repair didn't fix my issues - still all kinds of weird stuff happening. But as long as I can get my data, I'm fine - will upgrade to Win 7 soon anyhow.