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No keyboard or mouse function in XP with new motherboard

Last response: in Systems
February 13, 2011 5:57:37 PM

Hey guys,

First time poster, thanks in advance for any help you might be able to offer.

I just upgraded the mobo, processor, RAM, and GPU in my system. I am still using my previous HDD with an installation of Windows XP 32bit until my Windows 7 CD comes in, at which point I am installing new HDD also.

The problem I am having is that after replacing the hardware, I can get the system to boot fully, but I have no keyboard or mouse function in Windows. I can load into Safe Mode, enter BIOS, etc. so the computer is recognizing the keyboard, but Windows is losing it when it loads.

I have not run the CD that came with the motherboard because 1) I don't have a functioning optical drive and 2) once the motherboard is installed, I have no ability to do anything in Windows w/o keyboard and mouse.

I should say that they are both wired USB devices, and that I have tried all possible USB ports (including the ports in the front of the tower which connect to a totally different part of the mobo, so I don't think it's a problem with the back end of the board or anything).

A lot of websites suggest using the Windows XP repair install, which I could do, if I had an optical drive. Does anyone know a work around?

Most help I have seen on the internet for similar questions involves XP not wanting to boot off the old HDD. Mine seems to boot just fine, but then I don't have keyboard or mouse to install drivers etc.

I also tried to download the drivers from the Gigabyte website and install them on the old build (which still functions if I hook it up to the HDD, and then running the HDD off the new build, but that didn't seem to fix it either. XP detects all the new hardware (mouse,keyboard,ICE device, etc) but I can't actually tell it to update the drivers.

Sorry for being so long winded, I hope this doesn't discourage responses, but I figured it would save time on speculation or obvious answers.

February 13, 2011 6:50:27 PM

Wes, the TAB and ENTER keys are your friend. I would try and run windows update (custom) and see if that updates your drivers. if not go into the control panel/ system/device manager and look for your non working devices and try to update the driver there.
I always recomend a fresh install of windows when changing the motherboard but you can get by sometimes without. Not having a optical drive does make it harder but you may want to download the drivers to a flash and use the tab key to get them installed.
February 13, 2011 7:07:10 PM

What chipset did the previous system use? What chipset does the new system use?

Since the USB ports are managed by the south bridge chipset and you didn't install drivers to support the new chipset the Operating System is unable to communicate with any devices attached to the south bridge chipset.

Can you install the chipset driver in Safe Mode that you downloaded from Gigabyte?