Ps/2 Mouse

This is what is happing:
While Running Windows 98, after rebooting the PC one day, I get a message that the OS cannot find a mouse.  Tried connecting several of them, but still get the same message.  Tried connecting a USB mouse, it will work for a minute then stop.  If I look under device manager, there is a question mark next to the Ps/2 driver.  I tried removing the driver from the device manager and then restarting the system, windows will reinstall the driver, but still the same problem, and with the question mark.  How can I get it fixed?  Thank you for your help
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wesamoAuthor Commented:
I am using a simple mouse, nothing special, just two buttons.
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dbruntonCommented:
Try a serial mouse.  If that works forget about the PS/2 mouse.
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Try:  Start>Run and type   sfc   to check if the system files are OK.

As a last thing to try, do a dirty install of W98:

You might have to install W98 over itself to fix it.   Do Not FORMAT, Do NOT FDISK.  Run the setup program from the CD or CABS folder. This should save all of your settings and programs. Also make sure you install to WINDOWS not WINDOWS001 ( or whatever ) when it asks where to install.
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_Commented:
Your ps/2 port might be bad ( where did you come from dbrunton )    ; )
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dbruntonCommented:
From the idea that

"Your ps/2 port might be bad"
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Huseyin1Commented:
Hi

When you use the USB mouse make sure there is only one entry of a mouse in device manager.

H
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Huseyin1Commented:
Have you installed any new hardware lately, maybe there is an IRQ conflict, im sure this is the reason because your USB mouse dont work ever!!!!!!!!

H
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
One thing to try is booting into Safe mode, going into Control Panel -> System -> Device Manager and seeing if it is listed more than once.  If so, remove all of the entries and let the New Hardware wizard reinstall.  The reason you go into Safe mode is that often duplicate devices do not show up in the Device Manager in normal mode, but do only in Safe mode.  You get to safe mode by re-booting, holding down the Ctrl key as you see the message "Starting Windows" at the top of your screen, and then you will get the Startup Menu, which has Safe mode as one of the options.
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dbrunton: I said that badly. The thread was empty when I hit submit, and I didn't see your post until I had typed my second one, which was like yours.   : )
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dbruntonCommented:
No problem.

That happens here at EE.

Its more annoying when its Crazy One who has just posted before you.
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wesamoAuthor Commented:
This is what I have done:
Connected a USB mouse, it will work for about 2 minutes and then stop.
Under Device manager, I still have the Question mark next to the Ps/2 thing, have tried removing it, but the OS will reinstall it on boot.  And the Question mark still there.  Tried going to safe mode and remove it and let window find it( Ps/2 driver) on reboot, it will and the Question mark still next to it( Code 24),  the IRQ is 12. Tried a Dirty install of windows, but still same thing, only the USB mouse will work for 2 minutes, please help.  
This is what I have right now, USB mouse connected, and I disabled the Ps/2 driver under Device manager.
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dbrunton: >>>Its more annoying when its Crazy One who has just posted before you.<<<    : D  Been there Way too many times myself.

wesamo:  Go into the BIOS and disable PS/2 support. Where it is depends on which BIOS you have. Could be in Advance Settings? Then see if you can get rid of it in DM.
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wesamoAuthor Commented:
I went to the BIOS and disable PS/2 support. Still the same problem, the USB mouse will work for a bout 2 minutes then stop.  This is crazy.  Any ideas????????
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>>>Any ideas????????<<<   Not really,  I am down to flaky BIOS or mobo has a problem.  : (  If you are feeling brave, you could try flashing the BIOS, and see if that helps.  BE VERY CAREFUL doing this, read the directions, make sure you have the RIGHT Flash and program. I would do this just before you decide to get another mobo:
1. it will fix the problem
2. it won't fix the problem
3. it will totally trash your mobo.

two of these will require a new mobo anyway.
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