Solved: Blue Screen, Dell XPS 400 - keyboard stops functioning

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Tedonzong

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My Dell XPS 400 Desktop with Pentium D processor with Windows XP media edition suddenly gave a blue screen error. It will not reboot to give me a chance to fix it. When turned on it goes as far as the Screen that shows " We apologize but windows did not start successfully; a recent hardware or software change might have caused this ...." Then it gives options to strat up like "Safe mode" " Last successfull login.." Start windows normally"
but no mater what choice you make there is no further progress. THe Keboard suddenly goes dead and the mouse stops functioning too.
How do I proceed?
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I have tried installing another hard drive and it will not go past the first screen,
I tried reinstalling a windows on the same hard drive but it will not proceed neither
What are my options?
 
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Tedonzong

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I finally solved the problem by applying ctrl F11 with the old hard drive and got back the original system;
What I have not been able to get rid of is the "floppy drive seek failure" message at start which I have made another posting for.
Thanks again for your help.
 
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