I can be typing along and look up and there are no words on the screen. Sometimes, if I "strike" the key, it will appear. Delete, back space, space bar all cease to work. I had this happen to me twice before (only once on this computer), and I don't remember how I got it to work. This time, I will write down ! (Backspace doesn't want to work to move the exclamation point after "down"). Can anyone please help me? I think its something simple?????
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Re: computer keys only sporatically hit
First, I suggest you unplug and plug the computer connector several times to 'wipe' the pins.
If that made no difference, I would borrow a keyboard to try on your system (or buy one; they're cheap).
The electronics that receive input from the keyboard haven't changed for almost three decades but it was contained in a single-purpose chip that has long-since been integrated into a single IC that handles such 'legacy' tasks.
Just as it occasionally happened years ago, the simple circuit can fail whether or not it is in one chip along with other functions.
You might try going to the Control Panel and open the Keyboard section and use the space provided for checking the repeat rate to see if the problem is noticeable there too but all it offers is setings for delay before starting to repeat and the repeat speed.
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computer repeatedly tapping the f8 key to enter safe mode while the screen is
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Windows Advanced Options Menu
Please select an option:
Safe Mode with Networking
Safe Mode with Command Prompt
Enable Boot Logging
Enable VGA mode
Last Known Good Configuration (your most recent settings that worked)
Directory Services Restore Mode (Windows domain controllers only)
Start Windows Normally
Return to OS Choices Menu
Use the up and down arrow keys to move the highlight
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select safe mode with command prompt
Click start run type cmd press Enter
black screen should open DOS mode
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Click "Start" icon in the lower left corner
of your computer screen
Type the word "run" in the window that
A second pop-up window will appear; type in the
letters "cmd," then select "OK."
This will bring up the black DOS command screen.
Type next to the administrator account the following
command: net(space)user(space) the username(i.e. johnadams) *. After typing
this command, hit "ENTER" on your keyboard.
Type in a new password in the command screen prompt
that ask you to type a password. Type the new password again once you are asked
Type the word "Exit." This will bring you
back to your login screen.
Enter the new password that you selected.
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Now that's just plain weird. When you turn it on, hit the keys that it says to hit to get into setup. (sometimes this is F2 and sometimes F10 and sometimes the DEL key) Anyway, when you get there, use your arrow keys to move through the menu items and look for a place where you can restore the settings to "setup." Sometimes these instructions are at the bottom of the screen. You want to have the system revert to the original or fail-safe settings. That should do it.
On a windows computer by hitting print screen you are only copying an image of your computer screen to your clipboard you then have to paste it into an imaging program and save it. For example ... hit the print screen button on your keyboard -> go to start -> programs -> accessories -> paint -> then click the edit menu and click paste you should then see the screen shot of you computer in the paint window you then can go to file -> save and save the image somewhere on your computer.
Look at your keyboard and try and find a "Function/F Lock" Key. Assuming you have one, try hitting it and hopefully your problem will be solved. I would also reccomend finding a used keyboard to use just in case your keyboard is broken.