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Reinstalling Windows XP with Wireless Keyboard?

by slh07 / December 4, 2008 12:48 AM PST

I apologize in advance if this is a silly question, but I need to reinstall Windows XP on my Dell Dimension 8400 and I only have a wireless keyboard and mouse (receiver uses a USB port). Will I run into trouble? I have heard that there may be an issue because of the device drivers. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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by Jimmy Greystone / December 4, 2008 1:07 AM PST

Sometimes yes, sometimes no, it seems to depend on the system. This is why having a spare PS/2 keyboard around isn't a bad idea, unless you have a somewhat newer Dell without any USB ports, in which case you get to call Dell and complain to them if things don't work.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 4, 2008 1:52 AM PST appears to be for your machine.

In the BIOS settings I spy "USB

Set to On (default) so that USB devices will be detected and supported in the operating system."

I'd test this by trying to get to the BIOS with your USB keyboard. If you can, I think you'll be fine.
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