Laptop Keyboard not Recognized during XP Install

By brown786 ยท 11 replies
Aug 10, 2008
  1. Hello All;

    After following a tutorial on Syschat (cannot post link); (Basically hot swapping the laptop hard drive via adapter to desktop; copying i386 folder; place hdd back into laptop; run smartdrv; run winnt)

    Brief Stats;
    Tosihiba Portege 3500 Tablet -30GB -1.1GHz
    DOS 7.10 Installed on FAT32
    i386 folder copied to root (C
    smartdrv copied to root (C

    What happens;

    I can load DOS 7.1 perfectly fine; keyboard on laptop works perfect.

    After typing smartdrv, I type winnit.

    As soon as Windows installer loads and asks to, select path where windows files are or press Enter.

    From this point on I cannot do anything to progress further.

    However, if I press the FN key, it lights up! But the keys do not work

    INCENTIVE: If someone can find a solution I will pay $25 via PayPal or Moneybookers!
  2. brown786

    brown786 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Wise people of TS I really need your guidance on this matter, as I have been working with this same problem for little over a week now :(

    I'm willing to increase the incentive if someone can find a solution by today.

    Thank you very, very much
  3. brown786

    brown786 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    The Incentive is now $50! :approve:
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Sorry, payments are not allowed on TechSpot
    And these comments should be removed immediately

    Please try a PS2 keyboard (if using USB)
  5. brown786

    brown786 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I apologize for the incentive aspect of my originating post.

    Also, there are no PS2 inputs for this laptop.
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

  7. brown786

    brown786 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    kimsland: thank you for reply, however there is an Earth and Moon difference as to what my question was, and your response.

    I am stuck at a screen that is not even in the screenshots provided in those websites...

    They don't even make mention of my issue...

    On a closing note, thank you for your time,
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523


    By the way I love DOS, and been around since Win3.11 (you know running Windows manually and all)

    But if you want to end the support and all.
  9. brown786

    brown786 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I too have used Win 3.1 since the conception, as well as many *nix boxes.

    Aside from that, would anyone happen to know what can be done?


    If I install Win 98se and then copy the i386 contents to the hard drive and run winnt from there could that fix the keyboard issue?

    Or would the same keyboard issue arise during the Win 98se installation?

    Oh gosh this is getting to be a huge nuisance :(
  10. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Just wondering if you could install Windows on another computer (with that HardDrive)
    Then put the HardDrive back and Repair the install

    In 98 all the cabs will be there
    In Xp you need to at least run the Repair afterwards
  11. brown786

    brown786 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    KimsLand: I actually did that first; install xp on desktop with laptop harddrive.

    However once I put the laptop hard drive back into the laptop it would not load because it was configured with the wrong chipset.

    Thus my need of somehow getting my laptop keyboard to work!

    It works perfect with DOS but not with the installation and I can't seem to understand why.


    When I was trying to do it my laptop battery was at 5% Could that be the reason why the xp installation did not go through?

  12. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    (and also, I'm answering qs on other threads too, so you might need to patiently wait)

    By the way, this is not a keyboard problem (as I see it now)

    So why can't you repair Windows? (ie I understand wrong Xp chipset already)
    If you get the fault, whilst repairing Windows, it would be strange (especially 98)
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