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Control keys suddenly inoperative


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#1 nomade

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Posted 06 April 2010 - 01:46 AM

I have Windows XP. A few days ago the control keys (Ctrl) stopped working, which is a minor inconvenience for some functions, and a catastrophe for others that don't seem to have a mouse equivalent. The keyboard has been checked; it is OK. I have checked for all the possible viruses that the forums say could cause it; the computer appears clean. I have restored (Restore) the settings back to a day when the keys were working. Suggestions about using redegit for resetting the code always break down at a point where the suggestions instruct one to enter a code at a place that does not exist. Oddly enough, I pressed Ctrl+Alt+Fn or Del+Alt+Fn, (I forget which at the moment, I would have to look it up), but it fixed it for two days, and then the keys stopped working again, and the solution that worked before did not work the second time. Hence, two questions:
(a) any other suggestions?
(:thumbsup: are there any mouse equivalents to Ctrl+F, Ctrl+H, Ctrl+Alt+Del?
Thanks.

Edited by nomade, 06 April 2010 - 01:48 AM.


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#2 noknojon

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Posted 06 April 2010 - 04:01 AM

Hi nomade -

Have you thought of just buying another keyboard - They only start from $20 (OK $100 if you want a top one) and that may be your problem -
If not try to borrow one from a mate for 5 mins and see if that fixes it - People are throwing them out every day -

Thank you -

#3 hamluis

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Posted 06 April 2010 - 09:52 AM

Keyboards tend to get all sorts of debris stuck in them, depending on the habits of the user.

I would try shaking possible crud out of the keyboard.

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Posted 06 April 2010 - 12:09 PM

Have you thought about a possible port issue?




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