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XP gone mad!

Hi, I have Win XP 2nd Edition. My start Menu keeps popping up intermittently. Also the keys when pressed bring up different utilities/programs. For e.g., R = Run prompt; E = Explorer; F = search; L = log off, U = utility manager; d/m = minimize. Secondly, when this happens, I am unable to select text(on a webpage), the cursor blinks faster, and i am unable to type 'm'. However, i can type when i keep shift pressed('m' still not available sometimes). All numbers and symbols work fine.

Sometimes this goes away (only for a few minutes) when i press cntrl + alt + dlt. But again it starts in no time. Reinstalling the OS hasn't helped. I have run virus scanner/ spyware killer several times but to no avail.

System info:

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Keyboard gone defective?

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The reinstall of the OS, was it a clean reinstall? Or just over the top of the existing one, keeping any disruptive software?


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Try another keyboard.

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Sounds like a stuck key.

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How to make sure?

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The install was clean with other partitions still retaining their stuff.

How do i make sure my keyboard is faulty? I dont have a spare!

Thanx for all the help fellas!

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Get another keyboard.

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It's one of those parts that are so cheap compared to a trip to a service counter.


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While I agree that most likely your problem is ...

In reply to: XP gone mad!

the keyboard, it is possible that you have sticky keys turned on.

Open your control panel and select the Accessibility Options then keyboard and see what there is to see. (Do note that it explicitly tells you how to turn the feature off via keyboard should this prove to be the case.)

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Can any1 suggest a good keylogger?

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This is the one we use.

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