W2k on new build, input devices


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Puddin' Man

I've got POST and bios on a new build around Asus P7H55D-M EVO mobo.

Potential object is multi-boot with W2k sp4 and Win7. I've a slip-streamed
ISO CD with the W2k sp4 stuff that needs to install 1st (as I understand it).

Problem: I need a keyboard -and- mouse to install. Near as I can tell, the
W2k stuff has no driver for USB kb, mouse. Mobo has a ps2 port for kb,
none for mouse. Serial port on the Asus board is non-standard, won't
take my serial/ps2 adapter.

Anything I plug into a USB port is gonna require a USB driver that
W2k does not have?

Sooooo, I've got a Logitech USB kb/mouse combo that is useless for install.
I can get it to detect either my ps2 mouse or ps2 kb, but not both. Damn
their incompatible modern hardware.

Any ideas?

Thx,
P

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Paul

Puddin' Man said:
I've got POST and bios on a new build around Asus P7H55D-M EVO mobo.

Potential object is multi-boot with W2k sp4 and Win7. I've a slip-streamed
ISO CD with the W2k sp4 stuff that needs to install 1st (as I understand it).

Problem: I need a keyboard -and- mouse to install. Near as I can tell, the
W2k stuff has no driver for USB kb, mouse. Mobo has a ps2 port for kb,
none for mouse. Serial port on the Asus board is non-standard, won't
take my serial/ps2 adapter.

Anything I plug into a USB port is gonna require a USB driver that
W2k does not have?

Sooooo, I've got a Logitech USB kb/mouse combo that is useless for install.
I can get it to detect either my ps2 mouse or ps2 kb, but not both. Damn
their incompatible modern hardware.

Any ideas?

Thx,
P

I ran into a similar problem, and I think I was "mouseless" for about
the first two minutes after making the transition. (I just moved the OS
from the previous motherboard, and picked up where I left off. I used
an Ultra133 TX2 card and kept my OS disk connected to that.) I think
Windows installed a "HID" (Human Interface Device) driver on its own, so
eventually my USB mouse would work. With all the "New Hardware" wizard
activity, the problem was that the mouse wasn't the first thing to be
installed. So I had to wait until some other stuff finished first,
before the OS automatically installed what was needed. Like you,
I was a bit worried that eventually the dead mouse would be a
problem and I'd get stuck.

The other tiny issue, is USB isn't quite as seamless as PS/2. On my
PS/2 mouse, I've never had any variation in performance. On USB,
if there is heavy I/O, I can get erratic behavior on the mouse.
Perhaps if I was scrolling, the scrolling would stop for a few
seconds. I was surprised just how crappy it was - the mouse
activity should be creating interrupts, and they should be
serviced right away. So I was disappointed in my first
"half-legacy" motherboard, with how well the mouse worked.

If you stick the Asus motherboard CD in the machine, you may
be able to get the drivers on there to install. Maybe the
chipset drivers will allow the USB devices to be recognized.

My system here is dual boot (WinXP SP3, Win2K SP4), and both
of them work. On Win2K, I have two "devices" that I can't figure
out what they are, so I'm still seeing the "new hardware wizard" for
those. Oh, and the HDAudio is a bit screwy at startup. It runs
in mono, with the output on the right speaker only, until I
open the audio control panel, and make some trivial change.
That seems to sort out the driver and make it work right.
Once you get past those issues, Win2K works fine, USB mouse
and all.

Paul
 
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Jon Danniken

Puddin' Man said:
I've got POST and bios on a new build around Asus P7H55D-M EVO mobo.

Potential object is multi-boot with W2k sp4 and Win7. I've a
slip-streamed ISO CD with the W2k sp4 stuff that needs to install 1st
(as I understand it).

Problem: I need a keyboard -and- mouse to install. Near as I can
tell, the W2k stuff has no driver for USB kb, mouse. Mobo has a ps2
port for kb,
none for mouse. Serial port on the Asus board is non-standard, won't
take my serial/ps2 adapter.

Anything I plug into a USB port is gonna require a USB driver that
W2k does not have?

Sooooo, I've got a Logitech USB kb/mouse combo that is useless for
install. I can get it to detect either my ps2 mouse or ps2 kb, but
not both. Damn their incompatible modern hardware.

Any ideas?

Either get an RS-232 serial bus mouse or use keyboard shortcuts instead.

Jon
 

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