|Here goes will multiple problems.|
It all started last night at about 11.45pm New Years Eve in UK. My Media Centre started acting funny so I logged off and rebooted. Upon rebooting it asked me to activate Windows. Now this machine has worked happily for 18 mths. The COA is on the PC and totally original and 1 install only.
I tried activating over internet and it failed saying the code was wrong. I then tried by phone but again that talked me through to generating a new code but when I am asked to type in my existing code it says it is wrong.
I went through some Windows beta validation thing on the web that came back with what I understand to be the info stored in the pc regarding the existing install of MCE and the code it gave me was unrecognised by me.
I have another 2 MCE machines in the house and tried their codes and they werent accepted either by this pc.
So, came to conclussion it was the PC needing reformmating (as I have to do every 6 months or so with all MS machines!!!)
Problem now is that although in BIOS I have dissabled every device except the DVD to boot from, upon boot the light on the USB kybrd comes on long enough for me to DEL into BIOS etc but then when boot continues the light goes out so when it asked me to confirm I want to boot from CD by pressing a key, I cant!! It then continues to boot from HDD even though I have told BIOS not to boot from anything other than CD.
I have made sure that USB Keyboard support is ON in BIOS, have tried using a USB/PS2 convertor.
Now I am stuck.
Any help would be really appreciated
Main PC Vista Dell XPS 730 2.4Ghz Quad,4GB, 8800GTX, Dell 30"@ 2560x1600
Main Laptop HP Compaq 8510w 2.5Ghz Dual, 2GB