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some older computers don't load usb devices until after windows is booted and in such instances usually a traditional ps2 mouse and keyboard (green and purple plugs respectively) are the best option to enter the bios or boot from cd/dvd
I assume you tried hitting the delete key while it was booting. Also you need to use a keyboard that is NOT usb. The usb drivers were deleted during the format. The pc will probably not boot if it does not see a keyboard. Also make sure you are not using a usb hub and remove all usb devices. Disconnect all devices except keyboard and mouse and monitor and try again. Thanks for using FixYa
I am unsure what you mean bu "ease of access." I would recommend restarting, but if you cannot even do that then plug in a new keyboard and mouse via USB and open Disk Utility (Applications -> Utilities -> Disk Utility). From here click on verify permissions. If it comes up with any errors then click repair. Do the same with the verify disk option. This should help.
A lot depends on where the keyboard and mouse are plugged in. I have seen in the past that the USB in the back works better than the front.
Are these the original keyboard and mouse? If not, use the original until after Windows loads the desktop.
It appears that you have an IBM desktop whose BIOS isn't capable of booting off of a USB keyboard and mouse device. Older computers used to require that a PS2 mouse and keyboard be attached before booting, to prevent you from booting a machine without any way of controlling it. You have 3 options:
1. leave the corded mouse and keyboard attached and never use them
2. update the BIOS for your desktop to the newest one in hopes that the updated BIOS will allow for USB mouse and keyboard operation
3. go to a computer store and get a PS2 to USB converter/adapter. They're small and relatively inexpensive. It plugs into the PS2 port, and makes your computer think that there's a PS2 device connected, when it's actually a USB device.
its a very common hardware fault with these laptops, can you open setup or bios? that is opened right when the power is turned on the and screen says press F2 to enter bios or setup, if you can't enter bios then you have a faulty motherboard, usb ports don't work either? (usb keyboard and mouse don't work?)
Do you have a ps/2 keyboard/mouse? Or a usb->ps/2 adapter. I'd say boot up normally and log in with the ps/2 keyboard/mouse. Then, from device manager, right click everything under USB and such and uninstall. Then right-click your computer name in the device tree and scan for changes.
Cant remember the exact location for this, but you need to access the CMOS config when starting up. Dig around a little and you will find the settings that will allow you to start you system with a usb mouse and keyboard. Hope this helps. If you have any idea where I can get drivers for my motherboard (EPoX EP-4PDA5) that would be great. I already tried EPOX's website, and no joy.
Did you say that you CAN plug in a mouse or keyboard and the machine boots fine, or are you asking if you can do this? If you computer is freezing up at the BIOS screen then most likely you have a failing memory stick.
If you are familiar and comfortable doing so, try removing both sticks (if you have two) of ram. Make sure you have the battery removed and the power cord unplugged. Then try to boot up the machine without the RAM and with only the power cord plugged in. See if you get any type of message or response. Then, hold down the power button to turn the machine off again, remove the power cord, and try booting with just one stick of RAM at a time.