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CTRL Key stopped working on my laptop. Please help!

by aprice88 / January 14, 2008 3:46 AM PST

I have an HP Pavilion dv6000 laptop running XP Home. It has been running fine until about a week ago when both CNTL keys stopped working. Seeing how I'm constantly copying and pasting this has proved to be a huge nuissance. Occassionally it seems to work, but I can't figure out the common denominator when it does. It's not just after a restart or a program opens or anything. It's driving me insane. I would really appreciate any help you can provide. Also, something that you should know - I have many of the startup programs disabled in Startup tab of the System Config Utility (Start>Run>MSCONFIG). While I don't think that's the source of the problem, perhaps I'm mistaken.

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Do external keyboards work?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 14, 2008 3:53 AM PST

When at home I use some wireless keyboard since I want to avoid early replacement of the keyboard on the laptop.


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Either Broken or Reset
by nakamuradavid / January 15, 2008 10:58 AM PST

Is it possible that you could have accidentally reset the "standard" keyboard setup to a different set up? Ever wonder how you can customize your keyboard to type different types of things? (example European, Asian, International, Mathematical symbols)?

Just hope you don't have "dead" keys, laptop keyboards are expensive. Before doing this do what the other person said, try an external keyboard.

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Control Key Stopped Working - How to Reset?
by WunderKlicken / January 18, 2008 10:47 PM PST
In reply to: Either Broken or Reset

I think I may have inadvertently reset my Control key on my Dell Inspiron 6400 laptop. It no longer functions - no CTRL C, CTRL V, CTL ALT DELETE. I too am used to using this for copy and paste functions a trillion times a day so this is downright painful!

Can someone share how to check your keyboard settings and possibly how to reset the almighty Control Key?


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keyboard fix
by dspeedme / January 19, 2008 8:56 AM PST

This could also be the hardware of the keyboard itself. i recently had to order and replace the keyboard for a customer on a laptop and was very surprised with the ease and the cost of the keyboard replacement part. One dell i did this on cost 25 dollars from dell and they even sent me a screwdriver in the pakage to remove it with and a link to the guide to replace it online. but a very similar dell cost around 54 dollars. All in all it seems it cost me less to replace a laptop keyboard than my personal keyboard on my desktop.

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driving me mad....
by aprice88 / January 27, 2008 11:43 AM PST

I have not yet had a chance to try an external keyboard, thought that's a good idea. However, isn't it odd that both CTRL keys stopped working at the same time. And, it seems that randomly and rarely, they work! Ever once in a while I'll try CTRL-C and it works! I'll use it for 10 seconds and then it stops again - on both keys! It's very aggravating. Any insight would be highly appreciated!

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Here's How You Get Your CTRL-key Back
by xplicit_ideas / May 7, 2008 12:27 AM PDT

You have made an update, installed a new software, or have gotten some Malaware that has disabled your Ctrl-key. You get them working again, by going into the control panel of your Operating System (2000, XP, Vista) and disabling your keyboard manually and then starting-up again. Here's how you do it:

01. Go to Settings ---> Control Panel ---> Performance ---> System.

02. In the System dialog box, choose Hardware.

03. Go into Device Manager.

04. Find Keyboard in the list.

05. Click on Properties.

05. Disable the Keyboard.

Now you must restart your computer. When it starts up again, it will automatically recognise your keyboard as a 'new' device and re-apply the drivers from your XP operating system, as they were before you got them messed up.

It will again ask you to restart. Click yes. When your computer starts up again, it will magically restore whatever keys that got stuck, or wouldn't work. Tada!

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Thank you!
by MBGC / February 22, 2013 7:32 PM PST

I had the same problem and followed these instructions - uninstalling the keyboard drivers and restarting the pc. Great advice, thank you!

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