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No keyboard or mouse... my fault.

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by tbcgregory, Dec 1, 2011.

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  1. tbcgregory

    tbcgregory Thread Starter

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    I'm running an older Dell desktop Dimension 2100 with Windows XP. I know, I know. It's my music machine, etc.

    I had/have a problem with a redirect malaware and through some advice downloaded the tdsskiller. I ran it, and went with the suggested fix, and it deleted the i8042prt.sys file, which controlls/controlled, my keyboard and mouse. Now, after startup, my computer's a rock.

    How can I get this file to my computer with no keyboard or mouse? Please tell me this is easy to fix. I'm not ready to quit this computer yet.

    Thanks guys!
     
  2. adam3088

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    After a quick google from what I can see it only controls PS/2 mice and keyboards, if you can get a USB set from somewhere you should be able to use them while you replace the missing file.
     
  3. tbcgregory

    tbcgregory Thread Starter

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    That's what I'm hoping. My job has a few lying around, so I'm going to borrow a set today and see if that does the trick. I just hope I don't have to click anything to get it working in the first place. haha
     
  4. tbcgregory

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    Ok... I'm on the computer now, using a USB mouse and keyboard. the i8042prt.sys is still in the Drivers folder, however, I can't get mouse and keyboard to recognize its still there. Does it need to be "reactivated" in some way?

    I've gone through my Control Panel, to the keyboard and mouse, then hardware, then properties, and tried to update the driver, but its not letting me. It searches, then comes back with nothing.
     
  5. crjdriver

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    Why not just do a system restore to a date before you had the problem?
     
  6. tbcgregory

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    Just tried that, and it gave me the option of restoring it to today. That's it. I couldn't scroll back or anything. Weird. I tried to do one about 2 weeks ago, and just got a blue screen. Now this.
     
  7. crjdriver

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    I do not do security/malware however most of those apps that clean up systems have an undo or restore feature. Have you checked to see if yours has one?

    Do you by chance have a system image or image backup?
     
  8. tbcgregory

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    Nope. The Kaspersky TDSSKiller is a really simple tool. it has 2 settings, and a scan button. Plus, it's not a "program". you download it to your desktop, and when you click on it, it runs as though its never run before.
     
  9. crjdriver

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    Well the only thing I could suggest is to run windows update and see if it will replace/install the drivers you need.
    I assume you have tried add/remove hardware and selected the mouse/keyboard.

    This is just one of the many reasons why we stress image backups of the system. With a system image it would take all of 5min to restore the image; done.
     
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