Lost about half of the keyboard storkes.

  valbv 08:47 22 Jul 2008

I have suddenly lost about half of the keystrokes on my laptop. Most of them seem to be alternate letters/numbers/etc across all rows.
If I hold down any suspect key for about 30 seconds the letter will appear.
If I plug in a USB Keyboard, that works OK
The laptop is running Windows XP.
Any helpful suggestions please?

  Halmer 09:09 22 Jul 2008

tipped on it you could reinstall the keyboard driver in case it's got corrupted some how.

Right click on My Computer then Properties then Device Manager then Hardware (I think from memory cuz I'm on Vista) then Keyboard right click uninstall then reboot and it will reinstall the driver automatically,

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 10:45 22 Jul 2008

sounds like dirt under the keyboard

click here

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  peter99co 12:25 22 Jul 2008

The second click is failing to load or is very slow to load is this normal for this site?

  valbv 13:26 22 Jul 2008

Many thanks. Tried your suggestion but no luck.
Fruit Bat may have had the answer. See my response to him.

  valbv 13:32 22 Jul 2008

Many thanks. I looked up the articles for cleaning laptop keyboards - frightening!. However I have carefully vacumm cleaned the keys as best I could whilst indiviually jiggling them and seem to have resolved it (temporarily?). Will get a can of air to give them a blast then vacuum again. Hopefully it was crumbs or cat hair but not the can of coke! Thanks to all.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 15:45 22 Jul 2008

I use a laptop in a very dirty environment, fitters with dirty oily fingers use it to update parameters after changing injectors and other engine components.

You can buy keyboard protectors but I find "cling wrap" works just as well.

  peter99co 18:37 22 Jul 2008

I have heard that you can spill coffee and get away with it unless it has sugar in it. If you drop a camera in sea water you must quickly drop it into fresh water and a hair dryer may save the day.

  Halmer 20:19 22 Jul 2008

is half price at Maplins at the moment.

  Halmer 20:23 22 Jul 2008

hadn't got wind of it :-)click here

  valbv 09:14 23 Jul 2008

My thanks to all who passed on their tips. Much obliged.

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