Stuck in boot loop, with no keyboard response.

January 26, 2012 at 07:31:17
Specs: Windows XP
We had a lightening storm that fried our cable modem and ethernet card. After swapping and installing, I am now stuck in an XP boot loop with no response from the keyboard. I have tried all of the options I can find to get in to BIOS to boot from the CD but nothing is working. I would appreciate anyone's advice.

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#1
January 28, 2012 at 08:34:42
If you can't boot to bios by pressing a keyboard short cut at boot time then you have other issues. Swap or test device one at a time.

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January 28, 2012 at 11:29:08
The only way I was able to get in to BIOS was taking CMOS battery. I tried booting to the Windows XP disc to get in to Recovery Console but it will not work. Now I am trying it with ubcb4win but it is very confusing, I am very much a novice. Any suggestions on a downloadable boot disc to repair?

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#3
January 28, 2012 at 15:37:23
A downloadable bootdisk will not help repair a hardware problem.
If lightning fried your modem & ethernet card ( PCI card attached to motherboard) then it is highly likely other damage was caused to the motherboard. as evidenced by your non-responsive keyboard. Q? Is the keyboard USB or PS/2 ?

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#4
January 29, 2012 at 11:00:36
I have a Logitech remote keyboard that I used but I thought the problem might be that I never set up it up to be recognized. I really do not know how to do that other than to install the software that came with it. Do I have to do something on the boot menu to get the remote keyboard to be recognized? Anyway, I tried it with a USB keyboard and I have the same problem. When I boot from the ubcd4win, the keyboard will work after the first blue screen but not when I tried to pick last good configuration.

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#5
January 29, 2012 at 14:12:13
A "remote" or wireless keyboard will not work in bios.It requires specific drivers that are only loaded up with the operating system.
You say the USB keyboard will work in bios but not when you try to select "last good configuration"? That seems a little odd. Can you get it to boot up into SETUP by pressing the appropriate key ( usually DEL or F1 or Fsomething else)
Check that legacy USB support is enabled.

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#6
January 29, 2012 at 18:07:00
How do I enable legacy USB support? That sounds like it might work?
Thanks for your help and patience.

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#7
January 29, 2012 at 20:38:53
You need a PS/2 keyboard in order to get to the bios setup interface where you will have to scroll through the menus to find the appropriate setting.

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