I recently dug out our old HP Pavilion XL766 from around 2000 and saved it before my parents threw it out. It's running Windows 98, but I'm probably going to install a distro of linux on it at some point and see if I can find a useful application for the machine (I'm open to suggestions
). The problem I'm having, however, is that the computer doesn't seem to detect the USB keyboard or mouse I am using, and when I plug in a PS/2 mouse I get some pretty crazy errors on start up (Haven't tried a PS/2 keyboard because I don't own one and I can't find my adapter). One of the errors is DOS 16m error 26 [8042 timeout]. This error repeats about 8 times. The other error is "EMM385 not installed." However, when I unplug the keyboard and mouse and boot the computer, it boots into windows normally but I get an alert that says Windows cannot detect a mouse or keyboard. It says I can safely attach a serial mouse (don't have one of those... ha) but it says to attach a PS/2 mouse I have to restart the computer. Plugging in a PS/2 mouse brings back the errors, so I'm stuck. I think if I could repair the usb.inf file that could be a potential solution, but I don't know how to do that since I can't seem to get a mouse or keyboard to work to interact with it.
Oh, and the computer specs are as follows, if it is of any interest/help.
Pentium III processor at 733Mhz
nVidia TNT 2 Vanta AGP 16mb SDRAM
128mb SDRAM memory
45 GB Hard drive (Pretty sure it's IDE, not sure though)