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.