Input Devices Become Disabled

Discussion in 'Windows Networking' started by John Williams, Oct 1, 2005.

  1. The Win98 Power Management newsgroup appears to be inactive. So, I'm posing
    this question here.

    I have power management set to "system standby never", "turn off monitor
    after 15 minutes", and "turn off hard disks never". But, my mouse and
    keyboard won't work after a considerable length of time (e.g. over nite).
    So, because the system won't respond locally, I have to power-off the system
    and restart it.

    When this happens, my laptop can access the system over my home network fine
    and I can see the disk activity on the Win98 system.


    John Williams
    John Williams, Oct 1, 2005
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  2. John Williams

    Zasha Guest

    When this happens to me, I usually discover it is because of
    some application, say Spybot's TeaTimer, has snarled RAM.
    So, suspect some TSR application and do a process of
    elimination experiment using the startup function in msconfig.

    Might also want to look in the device manager to see if any
    hardware function has gone yellow or red alert.

    I suppose a video driver might have become corrupt, or a
    setting was somehow changed in the C-MOS, or maybe a RAM
    chip is failing, but I suspect an application conflict. If
    you do crack open the case, pull out the memory modules,
    wipe the contacts down and replace them in opposite slots.
    If your video card is really an actual card, pop it out and
    re-seat it. Sometimes mechanical adjustments can fix
    unexplained anomalies (very seldom, but sometimes)
    Zasha, Oct 1, 2005
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  3. Thanks for the suggestions.

    I'd like to shut down the TSR's but am afraid I might not get the computer
    to come up without them. Is this a valid concern? If not, I'll shut them
    all down and see if the problem goes away. Then, I can add them back. I
    have no idea what most of them do.


    John Williams
    John Williams, Oct 6, 2005
  4. John Williams

    zasha Guest

    The conservative methods are:
    boot in safemode. If you lose I/O over the keyboard/mouse,
    then suspect it is one of the applications that also starts
    in safemode.
    AND, regardless of how you boot into windows, isolate one at
    a time. After you test, out the app back into the rotation.

    Even if one of the apps is the video functions, you will
    still come up in the default VGA.

    I guess you will have to take out one app at a time,
    overnight. This could take many nights!

    As another approach, you could re-install (and update) the
    video drivers. If you use special mouse drivers, reinstall
    (and update) those. I also use proprietary keyboard
    software, and if I was experiencing what you are, I'd redo
    these drivers/apps also.

    I doubt that you have a hardware problem, unless
    keyboard/mouse is cordless. If so, replace batteries as the
    first step. After that, substitute the wireless setup with
    zasha, Oct 6, 2005
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