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Sometimes, 0 key on keypad stops working

by JamsheedKianoush / June 25, 2013 6:48 PM PDT

Hello

For a few weeks now, I noticed on my XPSP3 desktop host
that sometimes, the 0 key on the keypad stops working, and starts
working again after a few hours without doing anything (eg. without
rebooting).

I ran Kaspersky Security Scan's Quick Scan, which returned no hits.

Before I let it run a whole night to scan the whole hard-disk, I wanted to check the following things:
1. Has someone else already observed this behavior?
2. If this is indeed a virus, I would expect Quick Scan to check all running processes: Is it not the case?
3.
Since my C drive contains a lot of stuff, is there a way to speed up
scanning? I'm not even sure a whole night would be enough for an AV to
check them all.

Thank you.

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Re: 0 key stops working
by Kees_B Forum moderator / June 25, 2013 7:22 PM PDT

I'd try another keyboard first. Why do you think this is caused by software?

Kees

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by JamsheedKianoush / June 25, 2013 9:25 PM PDT

Because, as I said, it does this on and off for a few hours, so it's unlikely to be a hardware issue.

But I'll give it a try anyway. Thanks.

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I'd try another keyboard.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 26, 2013 2:40 AM PDT

Given the nature and design of keyboards, they could do that. Work then not and come back.

But I think this would be good news for the IT staffers as they would reload the OS, scan for malware and if you didn't get the hint, be gainfully employed over a cranky keyboard.
Bob

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Keyboard
by mchainmchain / June 26, 2013 11:13 AM PDT

And while you're at it, back up all important files before something bad happens.

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