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    keyboard wont work on startup but works on linux on same pc

    recently my keyboard and mouse stopped working on my windows startup. they work on all my recovery menu, motherboard menu, and even my linux ubuntu on my partition but wont seem to work on windows once i hit startup, any help would be nice i have tried everything i know

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    Re: keyboard wont work on startup but works on linux on same pc

    There might be two reasons for this problem. First, make sure it USB support is enabled in BIOS (if it is USB keyboard). Second, might be due to drivers conflict. Try to update the drivers from Device manager. Also, i would like to know is it laptop or Desktop PC ??

    For more info/solutions for this problem, see these:
    Keyboard in bios works but not in Windows
    Laptop keyboard and mouse not working with Windows 7

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    Re: keyboard wont work on startup but works on linux on same pc

    it is a usb keyboard and usb mouse that i am running on my desktop pc. i have linux ubuntu running on a partition that both the keyboard and mouse work great on. i have checked bios and everything looks good, i think it might be drivers but i dont know how to update them without actually being able to logon to win xp

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    Re: keyboard wont work on startup but works on linux on same pc

    You can try to copy the below three files from your pc (they are Windows' USB drivers):
    a. Hccoin.dll (c:\WINDOWS\system32)
    The following are found: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers)
    b. Usbehci.sys
    c. Usbhub.sys
    d. Usbport.sys
    5. Copy them to their respective locations via floppy (yes, I said floppy) or cd by booting to an MS-DOS prompt
    6. Once you have them copied the USB keyboard and mouse will work

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    Re: keyboard wont work on startup but works on linux on same pc

    can i just use ubuntu and replace the usb drivers on my windows hd? (i know i can access all my files off my main hard drive while using ubuntu on second hd)

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    Re: keyboard wont work on startup but works on linux on same pc

    Have you tried disabling some unused devices in BIOS. Turn off things like parallel and serial ports, floppy controller perhaps. Do not allocate an IRQ to VGA. What motherboard do you have? Another option is to put your Windows disc in and Repair Windows (Note repairing Windows will require your product key again).

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