I hope I don't fuel the (usb) fire any more, but here goes.
Has anyone else had an install problem with 98 SE SP 3.x, when your system has both a USB keyboard & mouse ?
Mine is: Viewsonic KBM-KU-306 & MS Comfort Optical Mouse 3000
MB=Asus A7N8X - nVidia nForce2 controllers - AMD Anthalon 1300 CPU - 512 Mb Ram
Did a fresh clean install Win 98 SE. Installed all necessary drivers to eliminate any unknown devices in the System /Device Manager section,
including (nVidia ?) usb20_98me.exe Ver 2.0.8 (that removed a PCI Universal Serial Bus-unknown ? device)
Installed IE 5.5 & Dirextx 9.0c. Did a MS Backup of my C: drive All worked fine to this point
Now I installed SP 3.6 main updates only. When install was finished, I shut down.
Then I would reboot to Safe Mode, to remove any and all USB stuff in the device manager. (As to your usb 2.0 notice/instructions)
KB & Mouse had to remain attached or PC won't boot up.
Hope that was correct procedure to follow. Upon S/D & Reboot: detection of Standard Open HCI Usb Host Controller started.
Was seeking files usb.inf & then Sp3.cab. When finished installing software your hardware requires dialog message popped up, both
the mouse & keyboard locked up/no response. SD & reboot again to add new H.W. wizard window looking to install Standard Open HCI Usb Host Controller
again, and again no response from mouse or KB. This continues to reoccur on every reboot, No KB or mouse. Tried at least 6 times with no success.
Booted to safe mode to restore my previously backed up system (replace all files & restore Registry & H.W. settings)
Interesting note after System restore is all my Usb storage devices were recognized and usable. About 6 different ones. Could do fast removal also.
There is a problem when Installing USB Keyboards and Mice. Initially the BIOS uses SMI to emulate a PS/2 Keyboard and Mouse, allowing the USB Keyboard and Mouse to be used in DOS and during Boot. When the USB Controller Drivers are started, they take over, telling the SMI to stop Emulating. The Compatability Drivers for the Keyboard and Mouse only recognize PS/2 Devices.
This disables the Keyboard and Mouse until the Windows Keyboard and Mouse Drivers are loaded. Unfortunately, as you have discovered, you are unable to Install the Drivers without access to the Keyboard and Mouse causing a Catch 22. You were able to Install them initially because the Windows Installer suppressed the Dialogs that you are getting hung up on.
There are a number of options. A partial list follows:
1. Attach a PS/2 Keyboard and/or Mouse, in addition to the USB Keyboard and Mouse, either is enough. Use the PS/2 Device to reply to the Dialogs.
2. Manually Disable, not remove, all of the USB Controllers in Safe Mode. Make sure your USB Keyboard and Mouse are not connected to the same Controller. Reboot, you should have access again. Enable one Controller and reboot. Repeat until you get an Installation Dialog. Either the Keyboard or the Mouse should still be working. If not you have to move one and start over. If one is working you can use it to install the Driver for the other. You should then be able to reenable all of the Controllers, reboot, and install the remaining Driver with the other Device.
Although I can't say for sure, I don't think it is the SP that caused the problem. More likely it was the Driver refresh. The Instructions don't take into account USB Keyboards and Mice.
I would have Posted this as a reply but the original Thread is locked.
This post has been edited by rloew: 07 September 2012 - 02:07 PM