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Mr. Matt VIP Member

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#1 8 years ago

Perhaps this has an easy answer, but neither my own (admittedly limited) expertise nor the aid of Google has helped solve the problem.

My semi-colon/colon key doesn't work properly. Or at all, for that matter.

There appears to be nothing wrong with the mechanical side of things, nor does my computer have some kind of bizarre, colon-targetting virus, so I'm out of ideas.

On very occasional boot-ups it will work fine for a very short while, but has progressively got worse to the point where no amount of tantrums will result in those fabled double dots.

I'd rather not bother with a reinstall of XP at the moment, as I have designs on (finally) building a new computer in the near future, but I would like to get the key working again. It's a pain having to go into the character map every ten minutes.

So any thoughts on what it could be?




Nittany Tiger Forum Mod

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#2 8 years ago

Maybe that key has gone bad electronically, meaning that sensor on the keyboard that registers the press isn't throwing a signal out to your computer anymore.




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#3 8 years ago

My first thought was that the keyboard was just knackered, but it's reasonably new and I tried a spare which had the exact same problem! I have to assume software problems rather than a random coincidence at this point.




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#4 8 years ago
Mr. Matt;5386134My first thought was that the keyboard was just knackered, but it's reasonably new and I tried a spare which had the exact same problem! I have to assume software problems rather than a random coincidence at this point.

Theres a rare chance it could be due to what that specific key is set for. I had a similar problem when my @ key wouldn't do anything at all.

Plus the title to this thread is quite funny:lulz:




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#5 8 years ago
Mr. Matt;5386134My first thought was that the keyboard was just knackered, but it's reasonably new and I tried a spare which had the exact same problem! I have to assume software problems rather than a random coincidence at this point.

Yeah, then it's software. I'm sure you've tried looking up keyboard drivers and tried everything else under the sun.

I'm guessing that a random glitch has compiled itself over time to give you your increasing headaches.




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#6 8 years ago

I honestly mistook this thread for a health-problem =p

If you can't find good firmware for it, then just buy a new one. Unless, it's one of those extremely expensive gaming keyboards.


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#7 8 years ago

Do you have any software that is running in the background that you might have accidently bound the : key to a function for?


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