I am trying to install Windows XP MCE (Media Center Edition) 2005 on a vintage Dell XPS 400 machine. This system does not have PS2 ports and I don't have a USB keyboard or mouse so I'm using a USB to PS2 adapter. The adapter works fine under most situations however, it looks like Windows XP Professional Setup can't handle it. I'm trying to press ENTER to setup Windows XP and it isn't happening. "R" or F3 aren't doing anything either.
I have a Windows XP MCE bootable CD and am booting from the CD drive.
I cannot run the install from within windows because this system has a nasty virus along with a rootkit installed. So I'm going the new hard drive route and then burning the old drive in a bonfire: )
The USB to PS2 adapter works fine for changing BIOS settings. It's only when I get into the Windows XP Professional Setup that the keyboard stops working.
Further investigation shows that the "F6" SCSI drive driver question ask early in the load process works, so it appears that the keyboard is working but later in the boot process the setup stops accepting keyboard input and hangs.