Windows 7 system beeps due to mouse-keyboard and part of KVM switch dies.

Everything normal until the first bootup today. Spare XP system and Windows 7 system. After turning the latter on there are a series of beeps and it goes to a screen I do not think I've seen before or never noticed if it is instant. There is a message at the bottom of one screen asking me if I want to click "enter" to avoid a normal boot. Why would I want an abnormal boot?

Then to the Windows icon and the sign in page. I can not press control-alt-delete to enter the password and the mouse does not work.
I tried three times and the same results. I turn the system off and it appears to shutdown properly though I was unable to access the desktop > start > shutdown.

I move to the XP system and the same result.

I do have both systems on a KVM switch. I removed the cables for the mouse and keyboard from the switch and plugged them directly into the back of the XP system and was able to login in normally. Indication, a KVM switch that lived a "fully" operational life for close to a year until 9pm Feb. 24th and 12 hours later does not get the keyboard and mouse connections to either system.

So, back to Window 7 and I moved the USB cables for mouse and keyboard over. Upon boot the mouse works but the yellow light on the keyboard is no on. I wiggle the keyboard cable and it comes on and I boot normally and arrive here with questions.

Why would I not want the system to boot normally?
Why would the Windows 7 system go crazy and beep 6-7 times  just because it was not receiving a signal from the KVM for the mouse and keyboard?
Why would that part of the KVM die overnight?

No one has touched any of the cables or the switch except me.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Did you completely remove the KVM switch and substitute ordinary keyboard and mouse? That seems to be the common denominator that caused two systems to simultaneously fail
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yo_beeDirector of Information TechnologyCommented:
Beep patterns are used to let you know a specific issue.
You can look up the beep pattern by doing a simple internet search.

e.g.  

https://www.google.com/search?q=computer+beep+codes&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-us&client=safari
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nickg5Author Commented:
John: I left the printer and monitor hooked to the KVM switch. Since the only devices that failed were the mouse and keyboard so I plugged those into the back of each system and they work, but they fail through the KVM switch which worked fine until today. The switch and cables have not been touched by anyone prior to this failure.

yo_bee: After the beeps and to the login screen on the Windows 7 system, login is done normally using user name and password. When the mouse and keyboard are plugged into the back of the computer.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I think your KVM may have a fault . Test without.
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footechCommented:
You can get a message asking whether you want to boot normally after a system crashes or fails to boot properly.  Oftentimes you will want to boot normally again, but if the machine fails to boot normally then other action may need to be taken to resolve the problem.

Though we may not like it, hardware can fail at any time with no warning for various reasons, and unless you're determined to examine things at a micro level you will probably never know why.  Could be broken cold solder joint, faulty capacitor, etc.
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nickg5Author Commented:
John:
If the switch is bad why would Windows offer normal boot when the only devices that failed were the mouse and keyboard?
All other devices via the switch worked normally.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You said you got the same result on an XP system. So that is why I suggested the KVM switch.

If the Windows 7 machine is not booting normally, disconnect it from the KVM switch and attach a regular keyboard and mouse. If the Windows 7 system fails to boot normally this way, then something is wrong with it. We would have to start there.
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nickg5Author Commented:
They are booting normally, except when the login page is reached the keyboard and mouse are not working.
I'm wondering why that would cause Windows 7 (not XP) to "offer" an option to avoid a normal boot.
Windows 7 detects no power to keyboard or mice and boots to the login screen but before that offers to let Windows boot "not normal."
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Can you try a different keyboard and mouse?  Since you removed the KVM switch as I asked, it appears to be a strange problem.
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yo_beeDirector of Information TechnologyCommented:
When you hear the beeps ae you seeing anything on screen?  

Maybe you are getting a BSOD and that is why you are seeing the start Windows normally.
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nickg5Author Commented:
I'm asking the question the wrong way.
Yes the KVM is suspect. But, the XP system with the KVM fully hooked up went to the login screen.
The Windows 7 did too but before it got there was a message at the bottom of one screen asking me if I want to click "enter" to avoid a normal boot. Why would I want to avoid a normal boot? Why would it offer me one when the only devices not working were mouse and keyboard.
I wondered why Windows would give me the option to "avoid a normal boot" (just because of a lack of a mouse and keyboard)
Why are there situations when I would not want a normal boot.
Without the KVM everything works fine.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Without the KVM everything works fine.

So it is now confirmed to be an issue with the KVM device.
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nickg5Author Commented:
It was around 6 beeps and that shows as a keyboard issue on the chart from that link.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thanks for the update and I am glad your Windows 7 computer is working fine.
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nickg5Author Commented:
Yes it works but why would anyone want a system to NOT boot normally. Windows 7 gave me that option.
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footechCommented:
As I said, other action may need to be taken.  This could include booting into Safe Mode, repairing boot configuration, etc.  It's offered as a generic option when certain problems have been detected (I couldn't list out those problems).
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