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Strange problem with keyboard sticking

by jrw78 / September 6, 2011 6:37 AM PDT

i have been having a strange problem with my keyboard. Two keys, the down arrow key and the page down key, are sticking. But they don't actually stick. i have had keyboards with sticky keys before, and that is not what this is like. The keys do not appear to be physically sticking in any way. The computer acts as if i am holding the keys down. i don't think it's an issue with dirt because i have removed and cleaned the keys several times. The keyboard is in great shape and has never had anything spilled on it. So what else could it be? This can be a very frustrating problem when it happens at just the wrong time while web browsing or playing a flash game. Any help would be appreciated.


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(NT) Did you try another keyboard?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 6, 2011 6:41 AM PDT
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by Noblepuker / September 6, 2011 9:20 AM PDT

...yes,listen to profitt...borrow someones keyboard,or try one u have.Allways solve a problem by starting with the obvious.If the problem remains,see step two (whatever that is Blush )
I've had similar problems,and a new mouse or keyboard solved it.I just spent hours trying to figure out a mouse pointer glitch...the thing would freeze every 10 seconds or seemed like a software wasn't....the mouse was bad. Angry

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Membrane keyboards
by Steven Haninger / September 7, 2011 2:49 AM PDT

It's not the plastic keys but what's underneath them.

Typically, the ones you use most go first. You're flexing the domes on the top layer of the keyboard. They're supposed to pop back into position but they get weaker with age and use. Eventually they don't return to proper shape and the electrical contacts stay closed...or open...whatever the case may be. You don't fix these but you replace them. You can get very good keyboards made for heavy use. If you're interested, you can try those made in Germany by Cherry. I've got one...very nice but has a feel that some won't like.

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