I have a problem booting from my Windows XP installation disc. When I installed Windows XP for the first time, I didn’t have any problems. I could see “press any button to boot from CD,” and pressing the button would start the installation process. As soon as Windows XP is installed, I reboot and I see “press any button to start from CD,” but nothing happens when I press a button, and it loads Windows from the hard drive, not the installation CD. It looks like the keyboard isn’t recognized.
I have a Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI motherboard and a Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 videocard. My processor is an AMD 64 X2 4800.
We’ve run into this problem with Gigabyte motherboards before. The keyboard isn’t recognized because some motherboards disable their USB support by default. You’ll need to go into the BIOS to fix it.
First, you will need a PS/2 keyboard or PS/2 keyboard adapter. Now, if you want, you can just use the PS/2 keyboard instead of the USB keyboard, but you probably like your USB keyboard and want to keep it. So here’s how.
Turn off your computer, unplug the USB keyboard and plug in a PS/2 keyboard. Turn on your computer and press the Delete key to enter the BIOS. Go to the Integrated Peripherals menu and make sure both Onboard USB Controller and USB Keyboard Support are enabled. Also try Legacy USB Support if that option appears. Exit the BIOS, saving your changes, and turn off your computer. Swap in your USB keyboard and see if that fixes it.
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