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Topic # 166148 4-Mar-2015 10:10
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I bought a wireless Microsoft keyboard with built in touchpad, to get going an old XP computer as I had no computer and urgently needed to do some word processing on it...

However, certain keys would not work... Q, D, F, G, C, maybe tab.
So I plugged it into a thin client... same issue.
I assumed keyboard was faulty and returned it.

Got another wireless keyboard but different brand. Get it running and guess what, 1,2,Q,W, and tab keys don't work...

As my work was getting desperate, I simply carried on and had the alphabet on another tab, and would cut/paste letters as I needed them...

So I though, hmmm, my first time living in apartment style accomodation, has someone got something thats causing interference?

But then after 5 days discovered actually those keys ARE working, but I really need to smash them down for it to register... so this keyboard must be faulty and the interference theory out the window.

Makes me wonder if that was also the case with first keyboard.

I've had dozens of keyboards and never had a fault, and now had problems with 2/2.

Has anyone else had issues with dud keys on new keyboards??

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  Reply # 1250817 4-Mar-2015 10:13
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Yes.  More than once.  Rare and annoying but it does happen.  Presumably they had a bad batch for you to get more than one with the same fault.

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  Reply # 1264864 22-Mar-2015 10:58
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Ok, I'm now thinking that its the PC with the problem. Can motherboards develop issues where keyboards misbehave and show symptoms detailed above?

I've now tried 4 keyboards in a row, 2 new 2 used, and all have 4-12 keys that don't work. All 4 are media keyboards. I'm now using KB #5, its a vanilla Dell one (same as the last 2 multimedia ones but without media keys), and all they keys are working. I cannot believe this is possible so surely its the PC? Its a HP DC7600 with XP SP3. I've tried updating the built in (2001) driver and it reckons there is no newer version, and Dell don't appear to have a driver after trawling forums on this.

Obviously, I need to test on another PC, which I don't have, so I will have to buy one I guess, but in the mean time wonder if motherboards are known to play up in this way?

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