Please bare with me as I am a computer novice, I have just inherited a Dell computer with windows 98 when I turn on the computer it works fine, it brings up the start screen with all the icons etc however for some reason I cannot connect a keyboard or mouse to the computer. When I plug the mouse into the back of the harddrive in the USB port (its a belkin optical) a screen comes up with wizard detecting it but I cant do anything or click on anything as there is no power to the mouse. Same thing with the keyboard. I have placed the Belkin sofware disk for both the mouse and keyboard in and the computer brings up the download screen for that but same thing I cant do anything on the computer becuase the mouse and keyboard dont work both my mouse and keyboard work I use them on this computer. I have seen the lights flash on the mouse and keyboard momenterily so I don't think its the ports, I have also tried its other USB ports and have tried an adapter that I plug the mouse into and it is a green adapter with a round plug I then plugged that into the round hole and it did'nt work either (sorry Im not shore of the correct name for alot of things.)
Any help and advice would be much appreciated, once again sorry for the technical illiteracy.