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Oliver Pekelharing  Identity Verified
Países Bajos
Local time: 07:58
neerlandés al inglés
Jan 2, 2012

Dell 3750, Windows 7 Home Premium

This afternoon my laptop has started displaying new behaviour. When I use certain keys or key combinations (particularly cntrl+arrow to jump from word to word or ctrl+shift+arrow to select several words, but also the arrow keys alone), they will occasionally not react, so I will have to press the key or key combination two or more (even several) times before it reacts. This has never happened before and this laptop is only a few months old. The beha
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Dell 3750, Windows 7 Home Premium

This afternoon my laptop has started displaying new behaviour. When I use certain keys or key combinations (particularly cntrl+arrow to jump from word to word or ctrl+shift+arrow to select several words, but also the arrow keys alone), they will occasionally not react, so I will have to press the key or key combination two or more (even several) times before it reacts. This has never happened before and this laptop is only a few months old. The behaviour is not permanent but it is very regular and not restricted to any particular program. Nor can I conceive of any software I have running that could cause the problem. Any ideas? May I have inadvertently turned on or off some fast-key setting? Or is it the keyboard?

[Edited at 2012-01-02 15:23 GMT]


Sorry, I forgot I had an external keyboard. Am trying that first... Seems the problem was the laptop.

[Edited at 2012-01-02 15:25 GMT]
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Jean Lachaud  Identity Verified
Estados Unidos
Local time: 01:58
inglés al francés
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dying keyboard? Jan 2, 2012

To me, what you describe sounds like a dying keyboard. Have you turned over the laptop to get rid of the bread crumbs?

 

Christel Zipfel  Identity Verified
Miembro 2004
italiano al alemán
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Yes Jan 2, 2012

JL01 wrote:

To me, what you describe sounds like a dying keyboard. Have you turned over the laptop to get rid of the bread crumbs?


I think, too, it's a keyboard problem.

Or try a keyboard vacuum cleaner (or air spray). It's astonishing how much dirt get's into a keyboard! Not only bread crumbs, but also cat hair, if you have a cat, and so on...

Good luck!


 

Thomas Ochiltree  Identity Verified
Local time: 01:58
latín al inglés
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Alternate solution: stand alone keyboard Jan 2, 2012

I use a stand-alone keyboard plugged into my laptop, which, inter alia, I find much more ergonometric and efficient (keys farther apart, separate "numerical" keyboard, etc.). If your problem is a keyboard problem with your laptop, plugging one of these in to one of your laptop's USB ports will solve the problem. These stand alone keyboards come in a wide range or prices, but the most expensive ones have all sorts of built-in programming that just mimic your computer's program and complicate thin... See more
I use a stand-alone keyboard plugged into my laptop, which, inter alia, I find much more ergonometric and efficient (keys farther apart, separate "numerical" keyboard, etc.). If your problem is a keyboard problem with your laptop, plugging one of these in to one of your laptop's USB ports will solve the problem. These stand alone keyboards come in a wide range or prices, but the most expensive ones have all sorts of built-in programming that just mimic your computer's program and complicate things. An absolute plain vanilla one only costs about thirty bucks, and as I said, is more comfortable to use than a laptop keyboard.
Anyway, good luck.


[Edited at 2012-01-02 18:16 GMT]

[Edited at 2012-01-02 18:17 GMT]
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