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Computer keys only sporatically hit

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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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.   

Posted on Nov 20, 2008


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