I was wondering if you ever found a solution to your problem. I am having nearly the same issue except for the fact that my whole keyboard got spilled on (beer). I plugged in a USB keyboard for about a day and it worked until this morning. I'm thinking maybe the beer DID get to the keyboard controller because the on-screen keyboard does nothing for me. It's like the CTRL (and maybe a couple other keys) are permanently pressed.
You need a new keyboard for the laptop - even a USB keyboard might not work for a reload since USB drivers are not loaded during the initial XP load. I have had problems trying to use a USB mouse during XP load. Some laptops have a standard PS2 keyboard plug, that would be a better option.
suppose my laptop keyboard is not functioning, other than a few keys, this problem won't allow me to login to my username and password to open windows. will plugging a usb keyboard into the laptop before startup function as an alternate keyboard, so i can at least login to windows?
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