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Windows XP - Keyboard - some letters I have to type multiple times for them to appear

By rmarion65
Sep 22, 2010
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  1. This is the strangest error I have EVER seen in XP. I find no mention of this phenomenon anywhere on the web so perhaps I am the first? I surely hope not.

    I have a Dell laptop with an integrated keyboard (i.e. built-in). Suddenly, and with no good reason, today my keyboard is acting strangely. Some letters I have to hit 3 times before they type. Others twice. And yet others behave as normal. The correct letter will eventually appear but my Lord no one should have to hit any character on the keyboard more than once.

    I need this fixed ASAP because I am taking this PC out of the country with me and I have to be productive.

    Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  2. mike1959

    mike1959 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,020   +51

    Laptop keyboard problem

    This could be a failing keyboard matrix, fairly simple to order a new one from Dell and fit. Or it could be the keyboard software faulty. A way to check for a failing keyboard, is to plug in a separate keyboard, into a USB socket. If all works well, then the fault is the Laptop's keyboard. Hope that helps, if only to eliminate one possible problem.
     

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