Trying to Repair Win XP on laptop with USB keyboard

By 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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The best bet is to get another keyboard for your laptop...NT.

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Not easy to do

by cargus10 In reply to The best bet is to get an ...

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

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This might give you some hope...

by Peconet Tietokoneet In reply to Not easy to do

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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What type of USB keyboard do you have?

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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Hey, Nodice

by santeewelding In reply to What type of USB keyboard ...
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Well the only real answer here is to replace the keyboard

by OH Smeg In reply to Trying to Repair Win XP o ...

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

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

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


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Actually got it to work

by cargus10 In reply to Well the only real answer ...

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.

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