Under Keyboards are 2 things: 1) HID keyboard device 2) standard ps/2 keyboard.
Neither one is with a red x or esclamation. Both devices are working properly with up-to-date drivers.
Okay, I un-installed the keyboards and restarted the computer. At first I was scared that I had lost all keyboards and would not be able to log on with my password XXXXX the computer restarts.
The laptop keyboard did not work, still, but the mouse was still working. When I plugged the wireless keyboard, it still worked. And now the mouse works too. So that's the one improvement.
I am satisfied with your explanation with regard the the keyboard on the laptop going bad. I can get that replaced for a reasonable price I'm sure.
I sure don't like Windows Vista though. Is the upgrade to Windows 7 a good idea?