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Keyboard typing wrong things

by Spectraldesign / April 17, 2014 10:54 PM PDT

Out of the blue, my keyboard started typing random nonsense. For example: b types "b5", m types "b/mn", h types "h/k]", backspace just creates a backslash. I tried plugging in other keyboards, but they don't even get recognized. Probably because they are ps/2 and not usb. Anyhow, this just happened at random, and nothing new has happened to my computer, no new hardware or software, I am at wits end here, please help.

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Re: keyboard
by Kees_B Forum moderator / April 17, 2014 10:57 PM PDT

I'd try another USB keyboard before suspecting software like drivers or malware.


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Would if I could
by Spectraldesign / April 17, 2014 11:09 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: keyboard

I would, but I don't have another USB keyboard on hand, just ps/2, which inexplicably don't work when I plug them in. I plugged the problem keyboard into different USB ports, rebooted multiple times, get the same nonsense from each key. It's a fancy corsair gaming keyboard. Done did a full system scan with super anti spyware and such, nothing found.

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Then off to a place that can test that keyboard.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 18, 2014 1:53 AM PDT
In reply to: Would if I could

It may cost more than a new keyboard but even a simple DOS book disk can let us test keyboards. As bootable CDs and more are all over the internet, nothing to stop you from trying it in DOS or Linux without installing DOS or Linux.

Think of it like car repair. If you can't get to the parts store you order online or have the car towed to the shop.

I consider having a spare keyboard mandatory at the office and shop. Those that don't do PC repair won't have spares and may fall into a situation where they'll pay dearly at the service counter.

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5$ at thrift shops.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 18, 2014 4:57 AM PDT
In reply to: Keyboard $10
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good places
by James Denison / April 18, 2014 5:06 AM PDT
In reply to: 5$ at thrift shops.

I've picked up used 17" DELL monitors there for $20, VGA plug of course. Good enough to go along with a donated system to someone needing it.

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When I was moving cross country.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 18, 2014 5:10 AM PDT
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I used Freecycle to reduce my really old gear. Folk took it all, and well, my hope was to avoid the landfills.

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Keep an eye out for these
by James Denison / April 18, 2014 5:10 AM PDT
In reply to: 5$ at thrift shops.

Not many to be found in the thrift stores any more though, I think they wised up and started putting them on EBay. If you see one for under $10 buy it, you can sell on EBay for $50.
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