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Old 07-19-2005, 05:48 AM   #1
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I am currently unable to start one of my desktop machines.

Although a working keyboard is connected, the error message "Keyboard Error. Press F1 to resume" is displayed on startup. Pressing F1 starts the XP Pro splash screen but startup does not complete- it simply returns to the error message. I have tried starting in safe mode but same story.

This error occurs even when starting with no keyboard connected.

Background info - old machine - AMD Athlon 600MhZ, 192MB. No recent changes to hardware build. Recently this same machine has been displaying the message "ATAPI Incompatable; Press F1 to Resume" on startup- in which case pressing F1 solved problem.

Do you think my hardware is failing? Any suggestions please???
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Old 07-19-2005, 08:44 AM   #2
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hi lucky23,

hmmm......try clearing the cmos of the motherboard. usually the cmos jumper is located near the battery, which is a circular metallica piece of metal. refer to the motherboard manual and it will tell you the location of the cmos jumper.

see if this works and post back if you have more problems.
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Old 07-19-2005, 10:09 AM   #3
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welcome to tsf
if the cmos clear doesnt work:
see if there is anything in your bios that you have to reinable for the keyboard, i am not sure about your board

also switch the mouse and keyboard around...see what happens

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