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Keyboard doesn't type letters, only commands

My keyboard on my desktop computer is acting like the control key is stuck down even though it isn't. Any suggestions?

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  • clarin895 Jul 26, 2009

    it's not a dell and its not broken, this has happened before but it always seems to just go away after a while but now it's not

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Posted on Jul 26, 2009

  • mez36 Jul 26, 2009

    dell is garbage throw it out

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