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14-07-2014, 11:28 AM
The time has come to do a format and fresh install of everything.

However i am unsure of how to do a format of my hard drive.

The drive is not partitioned and when i boot up from the windows disc provided with the machine, the usb mouse and keyboard no longer work.

Can anyone help?

Speedy Gonzales
14-07-2014, 11:31 AM
Put the Win7 dvd in, go into the BIOS change it to cd. Save settings / reboot. Then press a key when it says to press a key on the screen. After a few secs, you should see the setup screen.

Then format / create partitions if you want. Then install windows. I take it the cd/dvd you've got is the recovery DVD?

14-07-2014, 11:32 AM
No its the Windows Disc i got with the machine.

Speedy Gonzales
14-07-2014, 11:33 AM
Try it see what happens

14-07-2014, 11:54 AM
No change speedy. Still cant use my keyboard or mouse

Speedy Gonzales
14-07-2014, 12:07 PM
Is the USB port, youre plugging it into USB 2 or 3?? If its USB 2, make sure USB legacy support is enabled in the BIOS.

If it's USB 3, I dont think you can plug a USB keyboard or mouse into a USB 3 port, if you're installing windows. You have to install the drivers first (so windows would have to be installed first for USB 3 ports to work).

Speedy Gonzales
14-07-2014, 12:20 PM
And if you're using a USB hub plug it into the port. Some USB devices wont work when plugged into a hub

14-07-2014, 10:12 PM
Thanks speedy. Had a look and both keyboard and mouse were plugged into USB3 ports. Changed them to usb2 and worked first time :)

Speedy Gonzales
15-07-2014, 07:29 AM
Sweet ! Good to hear you managed to reinstall windows !