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Why wont the space bar wont work in recovery console?

By zach3grs ·
My space bar isn't working in recovery console. Is there something I'm missing when typing in commands or should I just hook up a plug n play keyboard?

trying to type in

copy c:\windows\system32\config\system c:\windows\tmp\system.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\software c:\windows\tmp\software.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\sam c:\windows\tmp\sam.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\security c:\windows\tmp\security.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\default c:\windows\tmp\default.bak

delete c:\windows\system32\config\system
delete c:\windows\system32\config\software
delete c:\windows\system32\config\sam
delete c:\windows\system32\config\security
delete c:\windows\system32\config\default

copy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config\system
copy c:\windows\repair\software c:\windows\system32\config\software
copy c:\windows\repair\sam c:\windows\system32\config\sam
copy c:\windows\repair\security c:\windows\system32\config\security
copy c:\windows\repair\default c:\windows\system32\config\default

on a Dell inspiron 600m

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No idea why that would be.

by seanferd In reply to Why wont the space bar wo ...

Is this the OS that shipped originally with the Dell? If so, the space bar should work. Still, I can't imagine a missing driver situation where everything works but the space bar.

What you can do, since you went through the trouble of posting it here, is drop all of that into a text file and name it with a .bat extension (e.g., regfix.bat). Put it on a thumb drive or otherwise make it available - if you can copy it to the drive you are working on in a directory accessible from recovery console, that would work. It would have to be the starting directory, I guess, since you cant type a space after cd to change a directory. Then you could just type regfix.bat, and it will run. (Or x:\regfix.bat if on a flash drive, x being whatever drive letter is assigned to the drive.)

edit: You can always try holding this upside-down and blowing into the keyboard to make sure nothing is under the space bar. Since you haven't explicitly noted that the space bar worked fine during a normal startup immediately prior to running the RC, I imagine it could be dust or a broken keyboard.

And yes, you can probably just hook up another keyboard.

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does the spacebar work other areas?

by markp24 In reply to Why wont the space bar wo ...

hi does the spacebar work in the bios? in the regular OS, on a bootable Live cd? if all those answer to No, get a new keyboard if cleaning the spacebard doesnt resolve it.
If it does work in all the above, then theres a driver issue (i really boubt, but who knows)

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