I was instructed by a tech with Zonelabs to boot into safe mode and delete a file (I couldn't log into websites with ZoneAlarm 7.0 running). When I reboot, I can usually get to the screen where you can select safe mode, but the "start windows normally" is highlighted by default. I cannot select safe mode AT ALL. I've tried the arrow keys, the arrow keys on the keypad, and the tab key. My computer doesn't respond, and windows loads up normally.
After about 4 hours I decided to just start over. So I backed up the few files I needed, and tried to just re-install windows (reformatting the hard drive). Now I cannot boot from the XP Home CD. When the option comes up to "press any key to boot from CD", the computer doesn't respond, and it boots up normally.
I've tried this with a regular keyboard plugged into the ps2 connection, same keyboard with a usb adapter, and a wireless usb keyboard.
I even tried clearing the CMOS, then re-setting the boot order so that the CDROM would boot first. I know I have to use the CDROM with the IDE connection, as the 2nd CDROM with the SATA connection doesn't really work until after windows is running. I'm really baffled here. Both keyboards work perfectly on my laptop, even as I type this.
Any reasonable suggestions would be appreciated.
Thanks for reading.