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Computer thinks CTRL key is always on

MrDelishMrDelish Registered User regular
So, I went back on my computer yesterday (it had been on for a few hours), and I couldn't type any letters, and I couldn't figure out what my keys were really doing. Pressing 'w' would close a window, I couldn't end processes in task manager, etc. I finally realized that it was acting as if the CTRL key is always pressed, and figured that one of the ctrl keys was jammed, but I took the keyboard out and it still acts like the key is on.

I've tried rebooting, plugging the keyboard into different USB ports, using a different keyboard, and it doesn't fix it. I have a fairly new Dell Inspiron 530, if that helps.

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  • ImprovoloneImprovolone Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Pull up your virtual keyboard, shut down, physically remove the keyboard, and boot it up.
    If the ctrl key is shown pressed on the virtual keyboard, it is a software issue. If the problem is fixed, you need a new keyboard (ebay).
    I had a similar issue with my Inspiron 9100 and two shift keys and this is what tech support told me to do.

    edit: Oh, its a desktop. Still, follow a similar plan.

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  • MrDelishMrDelish Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I'll look for it, but what do you mean by virtual keyboard?

  • Lucky CynicLucky Cynic Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Windows has an on screen 'virtual' keyboard, for those with whatever disabilities or those who don't have a keyboard. You basically just click the buttons to type but if it shows that the control keys are depressed on the on screen version, you know it is not a hardware problem.

    I forget exactly where the on screen keyboard is though. It's always tucked away somewhere...

  • Mmmm... Cocks...Mmmm... Cocks... Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I have Vista and just typed "keyboard" in the start menu search.
    Came right up.

  • MrDelishMrDelish Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Update: It only does this while connected to the internet

    ...

    I am totally stumped. I already did a complete scan with AVG, and it found nothing.

  • ImprovoloneImprovolone Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    ...really?

    :stumped:

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  • MrDelishMrDelish Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    System Recovery starts, but does not come up. Same thing with the virtual keyboard. Trying safe mode to do system recovery

    edit: problem seems to be away for now? It may have been spyware from a program I installed yesterday, and removed just now in safe mode.

    Odd that AVG didn't find anything

  • Gilbert0Gilbert0 VictoriaRegistered User regular
    edited October 2008
  • Mmmm... Cocks...Mmmm... Cocks... Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    MrDelish wrote: »
    Update: It only does this while connected to the internet

    ...

    I am totally stumped. I already did a complete scan with AVG, and it found nothing.
    Never run just one program like that.
    Whenever I run a check I always run at least Adaware AND Spybot.

  • ImprovoloneImprovolone Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Give hijackthis a shot to see if anything funky is working.

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