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Serious Keyboard/Motherboard issues


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#1 Nrau

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 07:43 PM

For the last two months my Keyboard has been victim to several episodes of irritating malfunction. The first episode occurred just after removing the keys and taking an alcohol swab to the keyboard. Routine cleaning. I've done it before. However after I put everything back together this time F1, F3, F5, F7, F9, F10, 3, 4, and six as well as the left ctrl key, the caps lock and prntscrn no longer worked. This is probably a hardware problem but I'm loath to open it up as I've never really messed with the inner components of a keyboard before. I'm honestly not really sure if this is even pertinent to my problem but I figured it was an issue that I had and I might as well tell the whole story if I want help. Later in the month my computer had another little hiccup in which I couldn't type anything because pressing the keys would open the windows keyboard shortcut it represented up. It happened out of nowhere in the middle of playing a game. It literally began to do this in the middle of typing a sentence. I restarted twice, I downloaded registry keys which disabled keyboard shortcuts (I never really use them so I figured it was no real loss), I even used the fancy little windows on screen keyboard. This didn't fix the problem. Even the onscreen keyboard activated the keyboard shortcuts.

And then it just stopped doing that.

All the effort to fix it, and it just stopped. I figured I must have accidentally fixed it somehow because I'm a savvy genius and left it at that. About two days ago I attempted to boot my computer, and it wouldn't boot because it could not detect a keyboard. No matter what I did it would not recognize a keyboard, nor would it boot. So I got a new keyboard. It still had to restart it twice before it would boot and just like before it pretty much fixed itself. The only thing I did was use a different keyboard. Granted, all of the aforesaid not working keys work with this keyboard so it's not too terrible of a a trade off, it still means that my computer is not working properly. This keyboard is a spare of my friends mainly because the shift key had a tendency to get stuck. Whatever. It's a minor inconvenience that's well worth it to be able to use prntscrn again. I just press it again and it unsticks.

So I was typing and all of a sudden the shift key got stuck, so I unstuck it. Physically my shift key was unstuck. In fact, physically it never got stuck at all. Digitally I could not turn off the shift key. I google searched as best I could with the god damn shift key stuck and all I got was the same instructions for turning off sticky keys, which are not, and have never been, activated on my PC. Then I took out my old keyboard which no only received power but was also stuck in all caps even though I had just plugged it in. Just like before after about an hour of trying various methods to fix my keyboard it just...fixed itself and started working again. Ironically it did so as I began registering on this website. My PC clearly fears repercussions for it's actions. If I didn't need it for school and work purposes it would be getting a serious time out, let me tell you.

So I'm pretty certain the issue is with something on my PC and not in my keyboard.

What I really need help with is determining what exactly has gone wrong because my funds are extremely limited and if I can avoid replacing my motherboard or reformatting my harddrive I'd sorely like to do so.

Edited by Nrau, 11 May 2012 - 07:46 PM.


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Posted 11 May 2012 - 08:25 PM

Little confused on the initial post.

Are you using a Desktop keyboard or a Laptop keyboard

Is the keyboard PS/2 or USB

Sticky Keys http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/disable-the-irritating-sticky-filter-keys-popup-dialogs/ (turn off Sticky Keys)

Edited by coxchris, 11 May 2012 - 08:28 PM.

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#3 Nrau

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 08:53 PM

USB desktop keyboard.

And Sticky keys is not, and never was, enabled.

Edited by Nrau, 11 May 2012 - 08:54 PM.


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Posted 11 May 2012 - 11:12 PM

So a new keyboard fixed all the problems? I too am somewhat confused by the original post.

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 01:16 AM

A new keyboard didn't fix the problem. I'm pretty sure the keys are just broken on my old one, but both keyboards still have the episodes of sticky keys that are not physically stuck and keyboard shortcuts being all the works.

The shift key is sticking right now and I still don"t know whats caused it the key itself is not stuck but my computer is acting like i"m holding the key down> I have to use caps lock to not scream at everyone>

Edited by Nrau, 12 May 2012 - 01:46 AM.


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Posted 12 May 2012 - 02:04 AM

The first episode occurred just after removing the keys and taking an alcohol swab to the keyboard. Routine cleaning

I have never done this on ANY computer that I have owned, and I still use a 7 year old one on my XP -
You have damaged something ! ! (Cables , Connetors , General connections)

Start with a known good working keyboard, and then let us know how things are -

If you think that an infection is involved , please post in the Am I Infected area of the forum -

Edited by noknojon, 12 May 2012 - 02:06 AM.





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