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my xp sp3 o/s system is alread set to boot from cd rom 1st, but once the bootable cd is found

and i get the "Press any key to Load " (or something like that) my keyboard and mouse will not

work until windows begins to load. Any ideas on why and what the fix may be?

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i purchased a regular ps/2 keyboard and was able to boot from cd rom. phenom thank you for info and suggestion. i plan to do a clean install of windows 7 any dos or don't(s) for me to know about? – user34543 Apr 21 '10 at 15:40
You should mark Phenom's answer as accepted then. – steve.lippert Jul 15 '10 at 19:25

Turn "Legacy USB Support" on in your BIOS so that you can use your USB keyboard that early.

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It could be because you are using a USB keyboard. One solutions is to plug in a keyboard that is not USB.

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