Laptop keyboard home key "stuck"

By Mattimo101
Apr 19, 2010
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  1. I've troubleshooted my laptop for the past few days and finally realized why typing on it has been so frustrating. My laptop seems to be spamming the home key so it makes it impossible to type. My key isn't physically stuck either. It presses down fine etc etc

    I've tried taking off the key and cleaning it, i took apart of the laptop and took off the keyboard and dusted it off with a tissue.

    It seems that when i hold down my function key it all types well but i can't do that obviously.

    Things to note i have an HP and a chopped version of XP. plan on buying windows 7 too because updating drivers without being able to run windows update is a pain. thanks.

    I'm sure theres more you guys need to know but thats all i can think of.

    Update, not sure why or how but it seems that WoW is causing the issue. as soon as I enter the game i start experiencing the spam of my home key and when i exit everything is perfectly fine. Still might take my keyboard off again and clean.

    update, seems like holding down function key helps, really stuck on what this could be. any advice appreciated
  2. Manikle

    Manikle Newcomer, in training Posts: 67

    If it only happens in WoW, then it's obviously not a hardware problem.
    Sounds like it may be some sort of malware that runs a script to lock the Home key on when WoW is loaded.
    Assuming you had run WoW on this computer without any problems in the past,
    I'd follow the steps outlined on the sticky for the Virus and Malware Removal forum
    http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic58138.html
  3. exela

    exela Newcomer, in training

    It's kinda stupid , but have you tried to Reset to default the wow keys ?
  4. ComputerGuy55

    ComputerGuy55 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 529

    Hey, there is a way to disable the keys on the keyboard.. being a laptop it may be a little more difficult but if you want to add me to MSN I can attempt to walk you through disabling the HOME key on your keyboard to see about fixing your issue..

    By the way I have personally done and tested this, it does work, any keys you need disabling, tell me here or send me a private message on my profile and I can step you through how to disable a specific key. (Note: This is for Windows machines only, not tested on Macs or Linux machines as they have different coding.)
  5. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    if it only happens during 1 event like a game, you have a virius. if it happens all the time, you have a hardware issue which can be fixed easily.
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