Originally posted by MicroBell
Removeing the battery just sets the bios back to default settings. Doesn't fix hardware issues..unless the system was unstable due to and an extream overclock...Just like reseting the CMOS.
If the keyboard and CD Rom both work fine (While in Dos) then you can assume this is an XP issue. A clean Reinstall of the OS may be your best bet as you have suggested.
sounds like we're all in agreement. I'll try a USB keyboard but I really don't think that's going to help since dos reads the keyboard fine and nothing's wrong in device manager. I'd guess something is affecting the keyboard interrupt or a file is missing so USB won't help, but that doesn't explain the cdrom.
I'll let you guys know if the USB keyboard helped, if not assume I clean installed XP.
Still this has to be the oddest problem I've ever had... speaking of clean install XP what do you guys suggest for backups? System restore failed me big time here, would only let me roll back a few hours, long after I remembered system restore was enabled. I like those clone OS backups like HyperOS or VMWare, but HyperOS is way too expensive and ... I don't know much about VMWare, that might work, but those aren't really backup solutions, they're suppose to be for alternate OSes on a single PC.
I've had tape and raid in the past but tape takes forever to restore and raid is only good in a hard drive crash, not if XP is messed up. I've used a program called casper xp to clone drives in the past and it works beautifully, if I can get it to clone the drive nightly and store a week's worth of clones it'd be the perfect solution.