Msi Motherboard Ms-7142 Input Devices Not Responding

By ddemuth78 ·
I have a PC with a MSI Motherboard,MS-7142 V.1. While setting up 2 usb printers to share off this PC all input devices, USB and PS/2, stopped responding after I plugged in the USB cables and started installing the printer drivers. I have tried removing everything plugged in to the USB ports and only using PS/2 and my keyboard works for going into the bios but once Windows loads the PS/2 keyboard locks when I press ctrl, alt, del to log in. When I have a usb optical mouse connected I get no power to the mouse.

My next trouble shooting step (i'm blindly trying things since I haven't seen anything like this before) is to reset the bios.

Any suggestions?

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Save your Time and Effort reseting the BIOS

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Msi Motherboard Ms-7142 I ...

It's not going to make a difference here.

The problem is a driver issue that has somehow been messed up when you did whatever it was that you did with the Printers.

You can try Booting into Safe Mode by pressing and holding down the F8 Key between the MSI POST Screen and the Windows Splash Screen with the moving bar at the bottom provided that you are not using W7 of course.

Go into Safe Mode and try rolling Back to a date prior to attempting to install the printers and see if that works. If it doesn't you'll need to perform a Repair/In Place Install by following the directions here

I generally recommend using Method 2 here but as you didn't say what you have it may not be suitable in your case.

Method 2: Repair install of Windows XP by starting your computer from the Windows XP CD
Note If Windows XP was preinstalled on your computer, you may need the installation CD to reinstall. Contact your computer manufacturer to make sure that you have the installation CD for a repair installation.

To reinstall Windows XP by starting your computer from the Windows XP CD, follow these steps:
Insert the Windows XP CD into your computer's CD drive or DVD drive, and then restart your computer.
When you receive the "Press any key to boot from CD" message on the screen, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD.
The following message on the Welcome to Setup screen will appear:
This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft Windows XP to run on your computer: To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER. To repair a Windows XP installation by using Recovery Console, press R. To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.
Press ENTER to set up Windows XP.
On the Windows XP Licensing Agreement screen, press F8 to agree to the license agreement.
Make sure that your current installation of Windows XP is selected in the box, and then press R to repair Windows XP.
Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to reinstall Windows XP. After you repair Windows XP, you may have to reactivate your copy of Windows XP. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
310064 ( ) How to troubleshoot Windows XP Setup problems when you upgrade from Windows 98 or Windows Millennium Edition
If you successfully completed the reinstallation, congratulations. You are almost done. Please continue to the "After you reinstall Windows XP" section to finish.

If you received an error or if the reinstallation did not finish, unfortunately, this article did not resolve your problem. For your next steps, you may want to ask someone whom you know for help. Or, you may want to contact Microsoft Support to help you resolve this problem.


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That fixed it.

by ddemuth78 In reply to Save your Time and Effort ...

Good thing I also didn't buy a new motherboard and CPU too! :-)

I've ran into a lot of problems with electrical shorts in the model motherboard I'm using particularly with the ones on the front of the machine so I thought the motherboard somehow got fried.

But I reinstalled windows and it I'm all good to go


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Good to hear that it's working now

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to That fixed it.

Merry Christmas.


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