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Inspiron 1545 keyboard problem

New inspiron 1545 - when I'm typing in word the keyboard has a mind of it's own - spontaneously executing formatting / editing keystrokes etc. example: typing the work 'action' I'll get as far as the 't' at which point a tab is inserted, 'i' turns on itallics, 'o' produces the open document dialogue box and 'n' the new document dialogue box. in other words the keyboard is behaving as though the control key is becoming temporarily stuck on.

the computer came back from Dell today after having the keyboard replaced - unfortunately this has not fixed it - the problem resurfaced after a couple of lines of test typing in Word. The problem is not restricted to Word.

As I'm touch typing at around 60+ wpm it is pretty exasperating to have to stop and undo all these unwanted actions every couple of lines. If the problem is not the keyboard what else could it be? surely not speed of typing?

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  • ellyo Jun 18, 2009

    if this is such a common problem with these machines makes you wonder what Dell are expecting people to use them for - obviously not typing...



    I'll be interested to hear what they have to say about continued problem despite replacement keyboard.



    have you tried any fixes?





  • netvoe Nov 01, 2009

    i have a question; is it possible to use Function keys (F1-F12) without key "Function"

    Now I have "Multimedia key first" ??
    Thank you


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This is going to sound really weird but I found a fix. I've got a Dell studio XPS laptop and was getting annoyed by the same phenomenon. I discovered the problem was more common when my thumbs were close to/touching the touchpad. I cranked down the sensitivity of my touchpad and things got a lot better. Probably works for many different kinds of laptops.

For my machin - Steps to fix:
Mouse Control Panel: Dell Touchpad Tab: Click to change Dell Touchpad Settings: Touchpad Settings: Touchpad Sensitivity: Move it from near "Light Touch" to the middle.

I hope this helps someone. :-)

Posted on Jul 27, 2009

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This is caused by the touchpad zoom feature; when it is enabled, brushing the touchpad registers a pressing of the ctrl key. Disable touchpad zoom and this behavior should stop occurring.

Posted on Oct 28, 2009

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I was having the same problem with my brand new Inspiron 1545, Microsoft Office was basically acting possessed, my web pages would zoom erratically, so I Googled the problems I was having and just found this forum. I just disabled the touch zoom settings and that was 100% the problem. Tried Microsoft Office and it's acting completely normal. I just bought this laptop yesterday so I was very confused as to how it was already having problems. I'm sure lowering the touch pad sensitivity will help the problem as well, but frankly I don't care for the touch pad zoom feature so I prefer just disabling it altogether. Wanted to post that I resolved it that way so you don't go through all of the trouble of sending it back to dell, rebooting your keyboard or ripping off the control key!

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  • uprew Sep 19, 2010

    i dont think thats the problem

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I'd try uninstalling the keyboard from the device manager and rebooting.

If that doesn't work, boot into Safe Mode with command prompt. Once the command prompt loads, test the typing there.

You press F8 every few seconds after starting the computer for the Safe Mode options.

Let me know what happens.

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I had the same problem and just pried the control key off so my hand doesn't hit it when I type. Seems to help a lot.

Posted on Jul 02, 2009

  • NeverByDell Feb 01, 2011

    I just bought my last Dell. I have the Inspirion 1545 and having issues with the keyboard. I called Dell and since I'm a month past my warranty they refuse to repair the problem without charging me. Clearly this is a manufacturer defect and they should recall their laptop. I'm VERY dissatisfied with the customer service. They made a bad product and who knows if their future product will only be made to last just slight past their warranty.

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