Keyboard styming my x64 -> XP downgrade

By hbombvi ·
This is really odd. I have a XP 64-bit edition computer that I need to downgrade because a new $1000 all-in-one machine from HP doesn't have all-in-one drivers for x64 (that's what I get for letting her pick her own printer). Even though HP has been promising these drivers for going on a year now they have yet to materialize.

Anyway, I try to boot up using another Dell OEM XP SP2 CD (this machine is a Dell Optiplex GX620 with a Pentium Dual-Core processor and 2 MB of RAM). Everything seems to go smoothly until I get to the first selection screen. That's when my keyboard goes dead. Every other USB device works except for the keyboard. To make matters worse this machine doesn't have a PS/2 port.

I try to take the long way around. I downgraded to Windows 2000 instead (it let me do it just fine) and then tried to upgrade to XP. The same thing happened.

Has anyone else "experienced" (heh) this? Unfortunately I won't be able to try an XP x64 reinstall until tomorrow so I don't know if the x64 CD will give me similar or better results (which still doesn't matter since what I really want to install is XP Pro).

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Found the problem

by hbombvi In reply to Keyboard styming my x64 - ...

Apparently only ONE USB port on the entire machine is capable of running the USB keyboard once the Windows XP installer takes control. The one that worked for me was the top left port on the back. Finally got XP up and running. Would it have killed Dell to include this information in their FAQ?

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