usb devices malfunction
About an hour ago, I was at my computer doing nothing out of the ordinary; i was just playing around with adblock for firefox if u must know the details. Anyway, all of a sudden I touch the keyboard and I hear two quick soft snaps. I honestly have no idea where I heard them. I was wearing a sweat shirt that gets a lot of static very easily. Perhaps the snap sounds came from the keyboard? Not sure.
Ten seconds later, my mouse freezes and the balloon saying that a usb device has malfunctioned comes up. I can still use the keyboard. The thing is is that my mouse and keyboard have been freezing up occasionally (not often enough to make me search for a remedy) for the past few months and in past occurrences the balloon that I just got has never appeared before. Normally I just disconnect/reconnect the mouse and keyboard and they're fine so that's what I do. Suddenly the keyboard stops working as well and now they are not working after several reconnects.
I try a cold boot. I try turning off the psu and even unplugging it. I try different usb ports. I have 4 in the back that are onboard and 2 on top that are external. The external ones are not loose. The optical mouse lights up. They work fine with other computers so the devices are fine. I then tried a ps/2 keyboard. Nothing. Ok so now my usb ports and ps/2 ports are not functioning. I recently disabled my serial ports so how am I supposed to access anything on this computer?
I plug the keyboard and mouse into the 2 external usb ports. The computer doesn't turn on. I turn off and turn back on the psu. The computer turns on and then dies out after 2 seconds. I try again. Yeah, it's rather dead alright. Here are some specs to help anyone out:
os: winxp sp2
case: thermaltake tsunami dream (tsunamis are certainly not "dreamy")
monitor: nec-mitsubishi FE991SB-BK 19" crt
mobo: ga-k8nsnxp-939 F6
cpu: a64 fx53-939 w/ stock heatsink (soon to be thermalright xp-120)
gpu: nvidia geforce 6800 gt w/ arctic cooling nv silencer 5
ram: 2x512 corsair xms xtra-low latency (2225) ddr400
hd: 2 74gb wd raptors
sound: audigy 2 zs card, logitech z-2200 speakers
psu: thermaltake purepower 560w (insuff. power shouldn't be a problem here)
floppy: 1 generic
dvd: 1 px-712 internal atapi dvd/cd rw, 1 asus e616p1 internal atapi dvd/cd rom
fans: 2 120mm, 1 92mm
I believe that's it. Any help would be appreciated.