It's Sunday morning, and football season is over. So here's one for any guru of Windows 7 to earn his chops.
1) This is not an intermittent problem. It is as solid as they come.
2) I'm running Windows 7, Ultimate, 64 bit. It loads perfectly and appears to look beautiful. All my startup programs run. I have Windows Mechanic, which updates automatically, and does so perfectly. I have everything I want sitting right before me. But my mouse is frozen in place, and my keyboard will not respond to any key or key combination. What I am left with is a 30 pound rock.
3) The same results are obtained in safe mode. No mouse movement. No keyboard response. But obviously my function keys work prior to wininit, since I can choose safe mode using the fuction keys.
4) MY POST works perfectly with the keyboard and mouse in a functional USB port in selecting function keys, and modifying my bios. Which eliminates the keyboard, mouse, or USB port as the potential culprit. I can do anything in POST operations that are normally available, using that keyboard, mouse, and USB combination.
5) Using function key selection before wininit, I can select Windows Recovery. But it provides me no choices even though I know some quite recent saves in windows restore have taken place.
6) Choosing Windows Repair causes my system to go through an extensive investigation, and end up saying that my system has been repaired, but I still am left with the 30 pound rock, rather than one that lets me use my input devices.
7) I have not done a previous system back up (dumb me!). But this was because my C: drive is a 3 TB Drive and I did not have a 3 TB external drive. I have now bought one. If I fix this problem such a backup is my first priority.
8) Using System Repair, I can access all the information on any drive I might put on any USB port. And everything is "accessible" but I obviously cannot "execute" any program directly. So what I have done is now successfully saved all of the information on my c: drive to the 3 TB external drive I connected. I can copy any program into or out of any drive I wish to connect to my system.
9) But I haven't a clue how to recover the drivers for my keyboard and mouse, which work so flawlessly in POST operations.
10) It seems what I need is a bootable short program that will install my keyboard and mouse USB drivers, and have wininit accept that installation, restoring my ability to use my keyboard and mouse in Windows 7, Ultimate, 64 bit.
11) Just so any guru might think the answer in trivial, please keep in mind I have tried ALL the trivial tricks. Unplugging power, removing the battery, hitting the enter key three times when attempting system repair while reciting the Buddist mantra, spraying holy water in hope of driving Beelzebub out from my motherboard. I have tried a PS/2 mouse, and a direct connect to a USB port mouse. My system does not care. It just loads perfectly, and then sits there. Thus wininit is apparently goes successfully through the entire load process, but will not install a device driver for the keyboard or mouse.
12) I will gladly provide any further information which might be helpful. But === Do not suggest I hit the enter key, or go to my device manager. I can do NOTHING from Windows 7, and this is not intermittent. I have been struggling through on an old Dell computer I had stored away, and I am disgusted at the thought that I might have to do a clean reinstall of my entire Windows 7, Ultimate, when it stares at me so perfectly, but like a cat, refuses to acknowledge that I exist to choose something. That old computer is the only lifeline I have to the internet, and DaniWeb.
13) So... I can obviously boot from a DVD and I can obviously install any program I want to into my system C: drive (but I cannot EXECUTE such a program, the wininit process would have to do that). Thus, if anyone out there knows of 1) some small bootstrap program that does not involve going though Windows 7, but will boot up and install a driver of any kind that will get Windows 7 to acknowledge I exist, or 2) a way to get my Windows 7, Ultimate to boot up with such a device driver, or 3) a way for me to access my device manager from outside of my windows environment, or 4) since I can install any program I care to using the system repair operation, some way I can get system repair to install such a driver, I would be eternally grateful.
14) Strokes your beards... grab a brew... think about this problem... because it's driving me batty.