February 24th, 2009

Solution to Keyboard-Not-Working Problem

It had "reappeared" when I turned my laptop on again the other morning, and once again System Restore fixed the problem (at cost of creating more duplicate files). I would like to say that not wanting to waste anymore time, I tried to find directions for how to fix it then and there, but I only got to that last night about an hour before going to bed. However, the problem seems to be fixed now. Just in case I have need to reinstall XP in the future (and I might very soon if I still have the ISO with the SATA drivers included) and the problem comes up again, the steps to fix it are as follows.

First of all, these steps assume you have access to a USB keyboard. If not, navigate to "[installation drive]/WINDOWS/system32", then find a double-click "osk". Substitute typing in the following steps for clicking the buttons on the onscreen keyboard.

[a] Hold the windows key and press r, then in the box that pops up, type "regedit", and press enter.
[b] Hold CTRL, then press "f", and when prompted, type "kbdclass" and press enter.
[c] If the name of the highlighted value is "UpperFilters", continue reading. If not, press F3 until you find one.
[d] Right-click the "UpperFilters" text, then choose "Modify", and remove everything in the "Value data" box *except for* "kbdclass".
[e] Continue pressing F3 to search for all other instances of "kbdclass".
[f] Repeat steps d and e until you reach the end of the registry.
[g] Hold the windows key and press "r", and this time, type "devmgmt.msc" and press enter
[h] Expand the "Keyboards" item.
[i] Right-click on your keyboard (mine is called "Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard"), choose "Uninstall", and answer "OK" when prompted.
[j] From the "Actions" menu (at the top of the screen), choose "Scan for hardware changes" and reboot when prompted.

As for the meet / other days, I wrote a bit about that on the way home, so here it is.

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If you see this, Cola (or anybody else it involves), I don't mean offense or anything, but those are just my thoughts.

I'm obviously back home at now though, and there are hamburgers in the fridge I'd like to warm up and eat, so I'm either going to do that or get comfortable in bed and keep chatting with DJ (he sent me a message earlier), so yeah. This is done~