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Computer won't recognize new USB drive in bootup

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Well about a week ago lightning struck and knocked out the usb drive of my desktop computer. So I bought a new usb drive so I could use my mouse and keyboard again. Once installed the mouse and keyboard worked again HOWEVER they are only recognized when I'm in Windows. When I boot the computer it says "keyboard error" everytime because it can't recognize my old usb drive (I'm assuming). Though once Windows starts, as I've said, the usb drive works and I'm free to use my mouse and keyboard.

The problem is, I have a CD that can only be used outside of Windows and to trigger the CD to initiate I have to "press any key" which it says to do right before booting Windows. Since my computer doesn't recognize my usb drive outside of Windows pressing any key doesn't work for me. A friend recommended me using a ps/2 keyboard however I don't have any outlet for a ps/2 to plug one in.

Is there a way to get my computer to recognize my keyboard outside of Windows or am I SOL?

The only other ports my Graphics card (Geforce 6800) have are a dvi and S-Video output. I'm thinking if I can find an adapter that converts one of these to usb port I'll be good. I know this is probably a long shot but I think that is all I can do.

Edited by puffins, 04 August 2009 - 08:33 PM.

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