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Software Acting Like Shift Key Is Stuck


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#1 chudx

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Posted 27 August 2007 - 03:20 PM

I'm having an issue where various programs are acting like the shift key is stuck down. For example, Firefox will treat CTRL-TAB as CTRL-SHIFT-TAB and everything I type is in caps. Sometimes if I bang on keys and minimize/maximize enough times this weird behavior will stop; but usually I have to restart the program. This only seems to happen to one program at a time. If it's happening in Firefox, I can go into another program I'm running and everything is working normally. And if it's happening in another program, Firefox will be fine.

I thought it may be some issue with the Accessibility Options, but I've turned all that off and still have the issues.

I'm running XP SP2 and use antispyware and antivirus programs regularly. I've also tried using another keyboard, but the problem persists.

Thanks for any help. This is happening 5 or more times a day while I'm working and is really a problem.

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Posted 27 August 2007 - 03:46 PM

You might have possibly turned on the "sticky keys" feature by accident
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Posted 27 August 2007 - 04:19 PM

You might have possibly turned on the "sticky keys" feature by accident
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I don't think it's because of Sticky Keys. I've turned off Sticky Keys under Accessibility Options. I just went in and turned Sticky Keys on just to see what it does, and I couldn't replicate the problems I've been having.

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Posted 27 August 2007 - 06:27 PM

Have you tried another keyboard?
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Posted 27 August 2007 - 08:37 PM

Yea, I've tried another keyboard but it didnt have any effect.

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Posted 28 August 2007 - 05:50 AM

Check the pins on the keyboard - or try a keyboard with a different plug style (if you're using PS2, use a USB keyboard instead) - this will help to rule out the port itself as the problem.

Try a free online scan to ensure that your current protection hasn't been taken over by malware. Here's a couple:
http://safety.live.com
http://housecall.trendmicro.com

Check the Processes tab in Task Manager (Ctrl-Alt-Del) to see if there's any suspicious looking processes there.
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Posted 28 August 2007 - 11:57 PM

I just ran that TrendMicro scan at your recommendation. After installing an Office patch, I tested clean.

As for the keyboard, it's a laptop and the problem occurs using the builtin keyboard and an external one, so I think that rules out the port.

If you or anybody has any other ideas I'll gladly try them. This problem is driving me crazy.

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Posted 30 August 2007 - 06:28 PM

Clean scan
Problem exists with 2 different keyboards with 2 different inputs

Most likely it's a driver issue with the keyboard driver or the OS
The driver is the easiest to fix - try uninstalling it and installing a freshly downloaded copy.

If that doesn't work, then try a repair install of Windows: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
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