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Typing delay When I type any text in any software package there is a significant delay before the text appears on screen. This is very frustrating. What is causing this delay?

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Re: Typing delay

After my whinge I did find the solution on the Dell forum support.
IT is a software conflict with Dell Media Centre. THe final comment on the page I found (do not have the link at hand) was from a Dell technician, his comment was to disable the PCMService in msconfig. Obviously Dell will not advocate to uninstall their own software but that was the other solution made by the other parties. I hope it works for you too!

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Re: Typing delay

Have you tried to do a system restore to the point or day before it started, that may get you back to where you want to be. Give that a try and see if that works, if not write back here let me know We can try something else.

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The number keys to the right will not work, even after pressing number lock. suggestions?

Please open Device Manager and uninstall what is showing under "Keyboards". If you're unsure on how to perform these steps, follow this link:
Once you have uninstalled the keyboard driver, restart your notebook and it should automatically reinstall for you.
Let me know if this resolves the issue.

  • If the keyboard is not working in Windows, continue with these steps to uninstall and reinstall the keyboard software in Device Manager.
  • Click Start , then click Control Panel.
    Control Panel opens.
  • Click Hardware and Sound.
  • Click Device Manager under Devices and Printers.

    Device Manager opens.
  • Click View, and select Show Hidden Devices.
  • Double-click Keyboards, right-click the keyboard name, and then click the Uninstall button to remove the device from Windows.
  • Restart the computer.
  • The keyboard should now work correctly.
  • Your computer comes with several software programs that can test the keyboard for key or hardware failures. For more information, see the HP Support document Testing for Hardware Failures.
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    If the wrong characters appear when you are typing, or you are trying to use a different keyboard, use the following steps to synchronize Windows to the type of keyboard you are using:
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    5. From the Text Services and Input Languages page, select the new keyboard in the list and click Move up until it is first in the list. This makes it the default keyboard.
    6. Click OK. You can now use the new keyboard.
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