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Hi there,

 

I've got an HP Pavilion laptop, and I'm having problems with the keyboard.

 

I'm no expert but I think it's a software issue rather than a hardware issue, for the following reasons:

 

For no apparent reason, certain keys stop working without warning. The "5" "6" and "-" keys are serial offenders, but sometimes it's the whole row of numbers, the arrows, or other blocks of keys.

 

But the strange thing is that when I open a new program, such as Word, and start typing there, that often gets the keys working again. And when they are not working, it's sometimes only in certain programs. (If it was a hardware issue, surely they wouldn't work at all?)

 

Sometimes holding a broken key down for 10 seconds fixes the problem, and sometimes it doesn't.

 

I've also tried uninstalling the keyboard before rebooting and letting the computer reinstall the keyboard automatically. When it reboots, the keyboard works perfectly for a period, and then starts to play up again. (Again, I'm guessing that if this was a hardware issue, the problem would be there all the time rather than sporadically.)

 

And I've made sure all my drivers are up to date.

 

Is there anything I can do to address this problem?

 

(I wasn't sure which forum to post this is, so l opted for the hardware forum.)

 

Thanks in advance.


Edited by Canary, 01 April 2017 - 12:47 PM.

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I would like to have you run a Clean Boot.

How to perform a Clean Boot.

Warning:  Disabling items in Services or Startup may leave your anitivius disabled until the process is ended.  For this reason I would suggest that you perform this process off line.

Press the Windows keywindowskey_zps092d5c75.png and the R key to open Run, then type msconfig in the search box.  This will open System Configuration.

If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, you should enter the password or provide confirmation.

(1)  Click/tap on the General tab.

(2)  Click/tap on the Selective startup option.

(3)  Remove the check mark in the Load startup items  check box.

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4.  Click on the Services tab.

5.  Place a check mark in the Hide all Microsoft services check box, this will remove the Microsoft Services from the list but will still be running.

6.  Click Disable all, this will remove all of the check marks in the Services list.

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7.  Click on Hide all Microsoft services.  Click on Apply then OK

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Click on Restart in the window that opens.

When the computer is restarted it will boot normally.

Let me know if the problem persists after restarting the computer.


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Hi, and thanks a lot for your reply. Much appreciated.

 

I have followed your instructions, but to no avail, I'm afraid.

 

Again, the keyboard worked fine for about five minutes, but then the "5" "6" and "-" keys stopped working again...

 

Thanks again.


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From System Configuration select Normal Startup.

Boot your computer into Safe Mode and tell us problem resolved.

Also visit your laptop manufacturer website and install all latest device drivers.


Edited by FreeBooter, 01 April 2017 - 11:12 PM.

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From System Configuration select Normal Startup.

Boot your computer into Safe Mode and tell us problem resolved.

Also visit your laptop manufacturer website and install all latest device drivers.

I've tried that now, too. Same problem... the issue is slved, but only temporarily.

 

The drivers are all up to date, too.

 

In some ways I just wish the whole thing was broken. At least I would know where I stood. ut it's puzzling why it sometimes works and sometimes doesn't, and in different programs.


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Which version of Windows you are using?


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Which version of Windows you are using?

Windows 7.


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You can repair install Windows 7 if you like.


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You can repair install Windows 7 if you like.

Thanks... I'll try that.


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You are very welcome!


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You are very welcome!

Sorry, just one more stupid question...

 

On that page, it gives different options "depending if your retail Windows 7 installation ISO/DVD/USB has SP1 or not, and if your currently installed Windows 7 has SP1 installed or not".

 

I think SP stands for service pack, but I'm not really sure what that sentence means, or how to find out which applies to me.


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SP1 stands for "Service Pack 1", if your Windows has already SP1 installed you will have to uninstall SP1 if you don't have Windows 7 Setup Media with SP1 integrated.


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SP1 stands for "Service Pack 1", if your Windows has already SP1 installed you will have to uninstall SP1 if you don't have Windows 7 Setup Media with SP1 integrated.

That's where I'm struggling... how do I find out if I have Windows Setup Media with SP1 integrated?


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Just try to repair install if you can repair install then you are lucky Windows Setup Media has SP1 integrated.


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Just try to repair install if you can repair install then you are lucky Windows Setup Media has SP1 integrated.

I struggled to understand the instructions on that one (I'm not advanced when it comes to this sort of thing). I got lost at "extract the Windows 7 SP1 ISO file to a folder on a partition or HDD other than the current Windows 7 partition". (There were only about three words in that sentence that I understood!)

 

If I follow this link instead, does it amount to the same thing? https://www.lifewire...ndows-7-2626170

 

Thanks again.


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