|when I set the standby and hibernation to never and set my monitor to 15 minutes and my drive to 1 hour, the monitor behaves as it should but the drive never turns off|
That's likely because the HDD will shutdown after 1 hour of inactivity. If you have some TSR type program running in the background accessing the disk regularly then no, it won't shutdown since the disk itself doesn't ever become idle.
I agree about wireless mice/KB's on desktops. I've gone through 3 different wireless mice for my wife's laptop just trying to find one that works correctly. Finally did (don't ask the brand name, I'm at work right now not at home....lol......shhhh.........don't tell the boss!)
If you're having length issues with cords for mice, remember, there are both USB and PS/2 extender cords available cheap.
Yes, if a PS/2 mouse works and the USB doesn't then it seems very likely you're having a USB issue. I'd wager dollars to donuts the receiving unit for your wireless mouse plugs into the USB port (the one for my wife's does).
We've had a lot of issues as of late where I work with blown USB ports and motherboards thanks to people plugging USB memory keys into their PC's without first grounding themselves to remove any static charge they're carrying. The end result is, they lean over, go to plug in the USB key and zzzap! a nice little arc from key to USB port frying either the port or the motherboard.
Plugged any USB items in recently like a key or other USB device? If so, there's a distinct possibility this happened to you. It's worth mentioning you won't necessarily see an arc flash or hear anything when this happens so don't assume that just because you didn't hear/see anything, you didn't get your USB port(s) zapped by a static charge.