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Keyboard malfunction Sometimes if I leave my computer on for a while, when I go to use my computer. I can not type in anything until I reboot my computer. What could be my problem?

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    Carolyn Whittenburg Apr 25, 2007

    Thank you so very much. This has been driving me crazy for a loooong time!!


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Just go to device manager and then right click your keyboard in there and select properties and select resources tab and tick bring this device out of standby

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