XP Install & USB Keyboard

By uneasyrider
Oct 23, 2006
  1. OK here's the short version of my problem. Had a power surge take out the power supply & motherboard in an old machine. Replaced MB with...

    Biostar M7VIG400 (Socket A Via KM266Pro chipset) (I know I know, I needed something cheap to get me by).
    In-Win case w/ 350 watt power supply.

    At the same time, I bought a new Microsoft USB wireless keyboard & mouse because my old PS/2 was shot. Also a new copy of Windows XP.

    Everything came together fine... build went perfect & the PC booted up perfect.

    Now here's the problem. The wireless USB Keyboard & mouse work to set up the BIOS. However whenever I put in the Windows CD to start a new installation, the CD Boot program will not recognize any input from the keyboard. It gets to the 'Press any key to Boot From CD' part... won't accept any input... and goes into trying to boot into my old Windows installation. If I can just get it into the installation program, I'm sure it will load the appropriate drivers.

    So my question is this... is there any way I can bypass the 'Press any key to boot from CD' screen and have it go straight into the loading drivers part??
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    In BIOS, make sure you have the legacy USB keyboard option activated.
  3. jedileen

    jedileen TS Rookie

    legacy USB keyboard option?

    Hi there,

    I have the same problem. I can't seem to find the legacy USB keyboard option in BIOS. What do I do?

    Is there any way I to skip the 'Press any key to boot from CD' part?
  4. jstillion

    jstillion TS Rookie Posts: 91

    They do have a very cheap USB to PS2 plug that should not be hard to find.
  5. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    My Logitech states

    Use the PS2 converter for the transmitter.
    Did you read the
    Instructions and tips for yours ?
    Also "I don't install the software".
    Just use them as Windows PS2 devices.
    Try this.
  6. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    The keyboard has to support the USB-to-PS/2 adapter, they do not work with all keyboards.
  7. be_patient

    be_patient TS Rookie Posts: 103

    dead right! just for your reference this is also the case with some mice. noteably the logitech G5.
  8. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    Just lucky i guess.
    Mine came with adapters and recommended useing them.
    Did you buy a boxed set ? An oem might require buying a converter for
    the transmitter.Thats what needs supporting for cordless.
    My new optical mouse MX Laser states (USB for Mac,PS2 for PC's.
    I followed my included install book and have no problems as PS2 devices.
    Note: I don't install the optinial software.Just use XP drivers.
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