Keyboard inactive after corrupt registry

  tallboy 10:02 09 Sep 07

I am trying to repair a corrupt registry using the process described in the Microsoft Knowledge Base article 307545. (click here) I have gone through step one and Windows XP now starts again. However, I can't log in as the keyboard no longer functions.

How do I get it active again so that I can continue with the fix?

  birdface 10:21 09 Sep 07

Maybe try a different keyboard.Or try in Safe Mode.

  Andy1991 11:45 09 Sep 07

Xp repair. bott from XP CD

  tallboy 12:51 09 Sep 07

Thanks for the suggestions buteman & Andy1991. I've tried Safe Mode and all was well until I go to a point in the repair process where I needed to use the keyboard!

I'll try XP repair again. (I used this prior to Part one of the recovery, in order to get a DOS console but haven't done so since the keyboard stopped working.)

  €dstowe 13:20 09 Sep 07

Is the keyboard USB? It my be that if the motherboard doesn't have its own USB drivers, that is the reason.

If it is USB, swap for a PS2 model.

  tallboy 20:37 09 Sep 07

I'm not sure what stopped the keyboard working, but after using the virtual (on screen) keyboard in accessories I was able to complete the repair of my corrupt registry in Safe Mode, after which the keyboard became active again. Nornal service has been restored!

Thanks to all for your suggestions.

  ambra4 21:17 09 Sep 07

USB keyboards and mouse only work once the system is up and running

You need a ps2 keyboard or mouse to access bios, safe mode, etc

I never use a USB keyboad or mouse a real pain

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