There's nothing there in any of those places, but that's because I used the uninstaller. Zapped the PRAM again but its still happening. Timed it this restart and it took 12 minutes until the mouse/keyboard became useable.
I'd just reinstall the system and be done with it if I was sure that would work. But, I can't understand why booting from an external, separate drive would still have the symptoms but booting from a DVD does not?
Not working from the external is unusual too, yet it's okay from a DVD. Is it an Intel or PPC?
Set Console to open automatically at startup and see if anything interesting is repeating. What version of the OS? If you're on Leopard launch it first and view the All Messages screen then quit it, that will then open the same window when it launches. If it's Tiger, the Console log.
Can the mouse be used in the Console once it launches?
Not working Safe Mode either is odd. Maybe it did something to a setting retained on the logic board and it needs to be reset, either Open Firmware, SMC, SMU, unplug or something.
Isn't there anything you can restore from the TM back up to put it back to normal?
Yeah, that's a good idea. In fact, I'm loading one of last night's backups. I'm getting pretty worried though, because of the fact that a separate system (firewire drive) still has the problem. It just makes it seem like it isn't anything to do with the operating system. I thought for sure the PRAM zap would work, but I've zapped and zapped.
Maybe I should just turn it off and unplug it for a while, I don't know. Please don't tell me to put it in the freezer and hit it gently with a hammer.
There was a time back in Panther (I think) when booting up led to a dead mouse and keyboard. I had to unplug and replug the USB connection several times to get the peripherals recognized. Does unplugging and replugging the USB do anything?
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Unfortunately not. I can plug the mouse into any of the USB ports and it makes no difference. I also have a magic mouse that connects by bluetooth and it has the same behavior.
I left the machine off and unplugged for about 3 hours and when I started up this time there was about 10 seconds where the blue screen and the desktop picture blended together. Mouse and keyboard still dead.
I'm beginning to wonder if the preference pane was just coincidence and my poor Mac Pro has a dying circuit board or something.
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