Question about PC Laptops
I have a problem with certain keys on this laptop. When I strike the z Fn / or arrow keys a signal is sent to the laptop which appears different from the key itself. It locks up the keyboard thereafter because it thinks the key(s) are depressed. I have traced the foregoing with a keyboard test software application from passmark software.com. It's shareware on trial for 30 days. According to the diagnostic software, striking one key shows the other offending keys perm. locked in the depressed position, sending signals. But they have not physically been touched. Oddly, pressing the A key and then the Z key together (in that order) released the jamming. I've already tried uninstalling the keyboard driver and I've run a complete AVG anti-virus test - all clear. It's XP and all updates are in place. What next - can you help?
Yo, I think I got this one.
Someone brought this model of laptop to me and the keyboard and mouse were shot. Totally unresponsive. So I downloaded the driver found here
which is described on the drivers section of the toshiba site here
to be the button support.
I did this all with a USB keyboard and mouse by the way.
OK, so now that I can actually use them, I start to test out the touchpad and keyboard and had the same problem all you lot did. I looked at the keys which were giving me greif and saw that they are all keys that had alternate settings when used with the function (fn) key. Turns out that there was a fn lock on the keyboard which I cleared by holding the fn key and pressing f11. This turned off a little LED just above the "9" key and voila, working laptop again.
To test if this is the problem with your laptop, press and hold down the "fn" key and press any of the keys which are coming up incorrectly. If while holding it down (cancelling out the lock, like how shift and caps lock work) the correct character appears on screen, then you too are suffering from funct-itis (tm)
Posted on Jan 19, 2010
Replace the keyboard. It is not an expenseve repair as they are available on auction sites for about 20 to 30 bucks.
Posted on Sep 04, 2007
Arianne - Have you found a solution for your keyboard woes? I'm very interested because I have a Toshiba laptop with the exact same problem. I have found out that it IS NOT a problem with the keyboard hardware. My boss has the exact same laptop - without the keyboard problem. I took the keyboard off his laptop and put it on mine. Same problem. So I put my keyboard on his laptop and it worked perfectly. I started having problems about 2 or 3 weeks ago. My laptop is 2 years old running XP SP2. I have thought about formatting the hard drive and re-installing everything. Any thoughts? Joe
Posted on Sep 21, 2007
I had a laptop like that once and all I did was lifted the keys cafefully and clean them...its pain stakingly time consuming but hey it saved me from buying a new keyboard and or having it repaired. you know its not simple to change a key board like yours after all its a laptop not a desktop......lift up all the keys if you have too gently wipe it or blow with hair dryer. Methinks someone spilt some tea over it but didnt tel you....the sugar is now tacky.
Posted on Sep 04, 2007
Tips for a great answer:
Apr 19, 2014 | Gateway NV53A24u Laptop
on Dec 03, 2009 | PC Laptops
Sep 09, 2011 | PC Laptops
Jan 17, 2011 | Toshiba Satellite Laptop
May 06, 2010 | PC Laptops
Feb 25, 2010 | Toshiba PC Laptops
Sep 05, 2009 | PC Laptops
Jul 12, 2009 | Toshiba Satellite L305-S5907 Laptop
Jun 11, 2009 | Gateway PC Laptops
Apr 17, 2009 | Toshiba Satellite 4030CDS Notebook
11,071 people viewed this question
Usually answered in minutes!