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Old 01-18-2013, 07:45 PM   #1
Mr. Pedantic
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Default Is my keyboard dying?

Last week I had this problem where my keyboard would only register alternate keypresses for some keys (e.g. when I press . it would only register as > ) and most of the time it wouldn't do capitals at all, even when the Shift key or the Caps Lock key was down. This was annoying, and I thought I'd have to replace the keyboard, but a computer restart fixed the issue.

Just today, though, it's started playing up again. It won't register Backspace, so I have to use Delete for everything, and it won't register multiple keypresses - like just now, with 'keypresses', I had to wait around 2 seconds without doing anything to type the second s.

Another restart will probably fix the issue again, but I have some work that I need to finish at the moment, and I don't want to have to keep having to put up with weird and annoying distractions from my keyboard in the future. Is this something I can do something about, or will I need a new keyboard?

I use a Microsoft Ergonomic 4000 keyboard, which I bought around 3 years ago.

Also, when I type something on the keyboard, Windows makes this weird clicking sound through the speakers. But only when the keypress registers.

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Old 01-18-2013, 09:40 PM   #2
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If a restart fixes the issue, that would suggest it is software-related. Update and/or uninstall the Microsoft software for the keyboard and see if the issue goes away.
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