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installing windows again due to system not recognizing keyboard

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May 7, 2014 11:21:49 AM

after about 8 hours cant really think for myself anymore. tried all options. all keyboards stopped working. keyboards work elsewhere. no known solution to be found. using virtual keyboard. vostro 220 dell w win 7 ultimate 64 bit. decided reinstall only option. core2Quad 2.4
extracted win 7 iso to recently formatted external hd. select boot it first in bios leads to black screen w blinking cursor only. need help.
made sure to do bootsect /nt60 h:
format is ntfs.
help this sucks. got water on old keyboard perhaps related.
i don't own usb drive but maybe that's necessary for boot?
just found this might be answer ill buy one now:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/38533-63-installing-w...

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May 7, 2014 11:35:46 AM

Well you simply placed open the windows 7 setup but it's not a bootable disk (that can be interpreted by BIOS) which is first hardware requirement of a pc to run an os or it's setup or literally run.
Make a bootable disk or usb & install using it for setup.
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May 7, 2014 1:35:58 PM

coolguybaddude said:
Well you simply placed open the windows 7 setup but it's not a bootable disk (that can be interpreted by BIOS) which is first hardware requirement of a pc to run an os or it's setup or literally run.
Make a bootable disk or usb & install using it for setup.


Ok, I'm at work so I don't have to talk like Thor now.

I went and bought a 16gb drive and I created a bootable usb via Rufus. After I loaded my system using the drive I got a dos prompt but nothing else. The directory was simply the contents of the usb and It would not recognize h: where I I extracted the OS files.

Would it solve the problem to simply copy and paste the OS files onto the same USB? Thanks for the help.

Ok it's possible I did not select the iso when using Rufus. Guess ill try again in 5 hours. Thx for help.
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May 7, 2014 7:14:16 PM

Well you can try Ultra ISO. Or do the same with Rufus.
It has been good to me for quite a time.
Simply open the ISO image with Ultra ISO & select Write Disk Image in the Bootable menu.
Select the USB in which to write & you are done. Hope this might help.
Be sure to choose a solution & ask further for any assistance.
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May 8, 2014 6:41:11 AM

coolguybaddude said:
Well you can try Ultra ISO. Or do the same with Rufus.
It has been good to me for quite a time.
Simply open the ISO image with Ultra ISO & select Write Disk Image in the Bootable menu.
Select the USB in which to write & you are done. Hope this might help.
Be sure to choose a solution & ask further for any assistance.


Ok roofus worked and keyboards now work with windows again. Installed all updates. On my way to restoring all my stuff. Only issue so far is speedfan isn't responding to setting my fans. Says theyre at 100% but theyre both running at 1000rpm instead of 2000. I'll look into it when I have time later unless youre familiar with that.

Also, to those wondering about the keyboard issue... apparently this is a problem with some dells. My Bios settings were correct and installing and uninstalling drivers for hours did nothing. I did everything short of clearing my CMOS which most say didn't work for them. The only thing I found in hours of searching was that most people give up and reinstall windows by the time it's no longer cost/time effective. Maybe windows got corrupted but I'm sure there is still some kind of fix for this.

edit: Speedfan works now as well. Looks like I'm pretty much set. Thanks for the help.
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