OK I need to reinstall windows on one of my computers but I have a unique problem...
The system I am working on already had windows on it. However, something was locking it up straight off a boot. As soon as it gets into windows it locks up and won't do anything. You have to hit the reboot button on the tower to get it to reboot or shut down. I worked on it for two days now any I got it to where I can at least right click on the my computer icon and get into that window and do stuff there but that's it.
So I have to reinstall windows... Problem... somehow the PS2 port on the system for the keyboard went kaplooee... so there's a USB card installed and a USB Key board being used. Now I put the windows CD into the CD drive, reboot the computer and it gets to the part where it says to hit any key to boot from the CD.. the damn bio doesn't see the USB card so the keyboard doesn't work so you can't hit any key to boot to the windows CD to reinstall windows. Does any one know any way I can get this to boot to the CD? Please don't say go into the bios and set it up because like I said the bios doesn't see the keyboard so I can't hit the proper key to get into bios LOL.
Now... someone told me I could right click the my computer icon, then on the advanced tab I can go to Start Up and Recovery > Settings button > Edit starup up options (edit button) where you can edit the boot.ini file for windows and it shows this in the file:
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Micro soft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
They told me I can I modify this file so that the system will go from windows to the CD and load from the CD? So I did that and put in what they said to put in which was
The D:\autorun.inf was the path on the CD drive to the autorun file on the Windows XP CD... Now.. I did that and rebooted the computer... now when it rebooted I got the window that tells yuu to choose which operating system you want to boot and it had two Windows XP versions. NOw, again, I can't use the keyboard so I let the timer run out and it tried to boot to the default Windows and I got a message saying that the hal file was missing or corrupt.
Sooooooooo....... I'm at an impass here. I tried the PS2 keyboard in the PS2 mouse port and it didn't work. I think the PS2 keyboard port is shot because I tried a known working keyboard in it and it didn't work so the USB keyboard is all I can use...
So what I was hoping I could do was copy my Windows XP CD and burn it onto another CD with a boot file that would boot it right up without having to "hit any key". Now... if someone can help me with this and I can indeed get it to do this it brings me to another question... when the windows installation CD boots up will it have the correct files so that the USB card is recognized and I can use the keyboard?
If anyone can help me with this it would be greatly appreciated.
Here's another question... the system I am working on.. it has 4 hard drives and two CD drives. The four hard drives are two SCSSI drives and 2 IDE drives.
What would the lettering of the drives be as the system boots up? Anyone know?