Thanks for the reply ....
well I skipped #1 and went right to #2, did not want to disassemble the laptop just yet (a really involved process according to my service manual, about 6 different components to remove and re-install). Anyway Puppy Linux loaded up just fine and the keybord worked great. Thanks!!!
But ... as nice as Puppy Linux seems to be, I would really like to get WinXP operating (I know, stuck in a rut) as all of her software is WinXP based (MS office, etc.)
So ... first thing I would like to do is reformat the harddrive (to make sure it is not "bad") but I do not know how to do that in Puppy Linux and then I need to know what to do next to start the WinXP install. Also, should I flash the BIOS with the latest BIOS software for the laptop from compaq, and if yes, do I need to do anything special to do the flash in the Puppy Linux O/S?
AN UPDATE ... SUCESS .... I kinda was able to answer the question I just asked ... so I shut down the laptop after sucessfully installing (actually just running) Puppy Linux and then just for grins, I put in the WinXP install CD, turned on the laptop and low and behold it worked ... I got through the whole install with no problem. I am still doing all of the updates and installing the MSoffice software, but everything seems (so far anyway) to be working fine.
So I guess I will never know for sure what went wrong ... but believe me it was rather nasty if whatever it was could corupt the keyboard (probably the "mapping"). The loading of Puppy Linux seems to have cleared everything up ... I am going to keep that around for the next time I get the laptop back with the complaint that it does not work.
Thanks again for all of your help!!
Edited by KenPC, 29 August 2008 - 09:58 PM.