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Keyboard skipping letters

  1. #1


    Amanda Guest

    Keyboard skipping letters

    Father in law's keyboard was skipping letters. (says when they are typing
    along, hunt & peck, then look up at the screen, letters are missing.)
    His is a new e-machine, the keyboard came new with it. Windows Vista Premium.
    He bought a new keyboard, (more ergonomic, no because of the problem) and
    says the new keyboard also skips.
    Are there actually drivers and updates & things for keyboards? What should I
    check first to verify if it is a system problem versus defect in hardware
    versus operator error? THANKS
    --
    Amanda B

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  3. #2


    JerryM Guest

    Re: Keyboard skipping letters

    The computer should still be under warrantee,

    Return it to the store for a replacement.

    Jerry

    "Amanda" <Amanda@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:39B4D010-C306-4C9C-914F-885C2441BBAF@xxxxxx

    > Father in law's keyboard was skipping letters. (says when they are typing
    > along, hunt & peck, then look up at the screen, letters are missing.)
    > His is a new e-machine, the keyboard came new with it. Windows Vista
    > Premium.
    > He bought a new keyboard, (more ergonomic, no because of the problem) and
    > says the new keyboard also skips.
    > Are there actually drivers and updates & things for keyboards? What should
    > I
    > check first to verify if it is a system problem versus defect in hardware
    > versus operator error? THANKS
    > --
    > Amanda B

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #3


    R. C. White Guest

    Re: Keyboard skipping letters

    Hi, Amanda.

    Is he a fast typist? Maybe he's getting ahead of the hardware, especially
    if that is a wireless keyboard.

    I'm moderately fast (~60 WPM) and often get ahead of my Microsoft Wireless
    6000 keyboard. Even when I'm not typing fast, I often look up and see that
    "what is this" has been interpreted as "what I sthis" - because WLM's spell
    checker saw the space before the "s" following the "i" and "corrected" it to
    a capital "I" for me. :>( Often, too, I'll see "teh" convert to "the"
    right before my eyes.

    > Are there actually drivers and updates & things for keyboards?
    Yes, and they are very hardware-specific. Can you tell us the make and
    model of his keyboard(s)? Generic drivers are built into Vista, and the
    specific driver for the first keyboard should have been included with the
    e-Machine computer. The new keyboard should have come with a CD or other
    media containing the driver for it if it needed a special one.

    Of course, if it is a wireless keyboard, the solution may be as simple as
    dying batteries, either in the keyboard itself or in the sending unit. Or
    with interference from other objects between the computer, the sending unit,
    and the keyboard.

    RC
    --
    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX
    rc@xxxxxx
    Microsoft Windows MVP
    (Running Windows Live Mail 2008 in Vista Ultimate x64)

    "Amanda" <Amanda@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:39B4D010-C306-4C9C-914F-885C2441BBAF@xxxxxx

    > Father in law's keyboard was skipping letters. (says when they are typing
    > along, hunt & peck, then look up at the screen, letters are missing.)
    > His is a new e-machine, the keyboard came new with it. Windows Vista
    > Premium.
    > He bought a new keyboard, (more ergonomic, no because of the problem) and
    > says the new keyboard also skips.
    > Are there actually drivers and updates & things for keyboards? What should
    > I
    > check first to verify if it is a system problem versus defect in hardware
    > versus operator error? THANKS
    > --
    > Amanda B

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #4


    Dominic Payer Guest

    Re: Keyboard skipping letters

    Is it a Bluetooth or wireless keyboard? If so, make sure the dongle at the
    computer end has a clear and short line of sight to the keyboard (and mouse
    if relevant) since the problem might simply be poor communication because
    the signal is blocked. Don't put the wireless or Bluetooth dongle in the
    back of the computer.

    Watch and see if he is pressing the keys firmly enough. Keyboards differ and
    the new ones may be less sensitive than anything he is used to.

    There are drivers for keyboards and mice, but they make the special function
    keys work and provide more advanced customisation of the keyboard. For basic
    keyboard use they are not essential. Look on the underside of the device and
    note the manufacturer and model number, then visit the manufacturer's
    website and see what drivers they offer. Driver disks should have been
    supplied with the keyboard, but could have outdated or buggy versions of the
    drivers, so it is always advisable to get the latest drivers for anything
    from its manufacturer's site.




    "Amanda" <Amanda@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:39B4D010-C306-4C9C-914F-885C2441BBAF@xxxxxx

    > Father in law's keyboard was skipping letters. (says when they are typing
    > along, hunt & peck, then look up at the screen, letters are missing.)
    > His is a new e-machine, the keyboard came new with it. Windows Vista
    > Premium.
    > He bought a new keyboard, (more ergonomic, no because of the problem) and
    > says the new keyboard also skips.
    > Are there actually drivers and updates & things for keyboards? What should
    > I
    > check first to verify if it is a system problem versus defect in hardware
    > versus operator error? THANKS
    > --
    > Amanda B

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #5


    Amanda Guest

    Re: Keyboard skipping letters

    Yes, he took the one back to the store, they said there was nothing wrong
    with it. I am going to see him today, I'll see how he types, what the brand
    name is etc.
    I thought it was just a dirty keyboard, until the new one also did it.....
    --
    Amanda B


    "JerryM" wrote:

    > The computer should still be under warrantee,
    >
    > Return it to the store for a replacement.
    >
    > Jerry
    >
    > "Amanda" <Amanda@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:39B4D010-C306-4C9C-914F-885C2441BBAF@xxxxxx

    > > Father in law's keyboard was skipping letters. (says when they are typing
    > > along, hunt & peck, then look up at the screen, letters are missing.)
    > > His is a new e-machine, the keyboard came new with it. Windows Vista
    > > Premium.
    > > He bought a new keyboard, (more ergonomic, no because of the problem) and
    > > says the new keyboard also skips.
    > > Are there actually drivers and updates & things for keyboards? What should
    > > I
    > > check first to verify if it is a system problem versus defect in hardware
    > > versus operator error? THANKS
    > > --
    > > Amanda B
    >
    >

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #6


    Amanda Guest

    Re: Keyboard skipping letters

    He is definitely not a fast typist. I'll go over to see him and watch what he
    is doing, as well as note the specific mfg etc.
    Maybe I should look at the control panel properties for sensitivity.
    --
    Amanda B


    "R. C. White" wrote:

    > Hi, Amanda.
    >
    > Is he a fast typist? Maybe he's getting ahead of the hardware, especially
    > if that is a wireless keyboard.
    >
    > I'm moderately fast (~60 WPM) and often get ahead of my Microsoft Wireless
    > 6000 keyboard. Even when I'm not typing fast, I often look up and see that
    > "what is this" has been interpreted as "what I sthis" - because WLM's spell
    > checker saw the space before the "s" following the "i" and "corrected" it to
    > a capital "I" for me. :>( Often, too, I'll see "teh" convert to "the"
    > right before my eyes.
    >

    > > Are there actually drivers and updates & things for keyboards?
    >
    > Yes, and they are very hardware-specific. Can you tell us the make and
    > model of his keyboard(s)? Generic drivers are built into Vista, and the
    > specific driver for the first keyboard should have been included with the
    > e-Machine computer. The new keyboard should have come with a CD or other
    > media containing the driver for it if it needed a special one.
    >
    > Of course, if it is a wireless keyboard, the solution may be as simple as
    > dying batteries, either in the keyboard itself or in the sending unit. Or
    > with interference from other objects between the computer, the sending unit,
    > and the keyboard.
    >
    > RC
    > --
    > R. C. White, CPA
    > San Marcos, TX
    > rc@xxxxxx
    > Microsoft Windows MVP
    > (Running Windows Live Mail 2008 in Vista Ultimate x64)
    >
    > "Amanda" <Amanda@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:39B4D010-C306-4C9C-914F-885C2441BBAF@xxxxxx

    > > Father in law's keyboard was skipping letters. (says when they are typing
    > > along, hunt & peck, then look up at the screen, letters are missing.)
    > > His is a new e-machine, the keyboard came new with it. Windows Vista
    > > Premium.
    > > He bought a new keyboard, (more ergonomic, no because of the problem) and
    > > says the new keyboard also skips.
    > > Are there actually drivers and updates & things for keyboards? What should
    > > I
    > > check first to verify if it is a system problem versus defect in hardware
    > > versus operator error? THANKS
    > > --
    > > Amanda B
    >

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #7


    Amanda Guest

    Re: Keyboard skipping letters

    I'm pretty sure it isn't wireless. On my own computer, I solved several
    problems just by moving that little dongle thing. I'll take a closer look at
    his setup, I just wanted a few options before I do. Did'nt really think
    drivers could have an effect. I'll get more info, then go from there, thanks!
    --
    Amanda B


    "Dominic Payer" wrote:

    > Is it a Bluetooth or wireless keyboard? If so, make sure the dongle at the
    > computer end has a clear and short line of sight to the keyboard (and mouse
    > if relevant) since the problem might simply be poor communication because
    > the signal is blocked. Don't put the wireless or Bluetooth dongle in the
    > back of the computer.
    >
    > Watch and see if he is pressing the keys firmly enough. Keyboards differ and
    > the new ones may be less sensitive than anything he is used to.
    >
    > There are drivers for keyboards and mice, but they make the special function
    > keys work and provide more advanced customisation of the keyboard. For basic
    > keyboard use they are not essential. Look on the underside of the device and
    > note the manufacturer and model number, then visit the manufacturer's
    > website and see what drivers they offer. Driver disks should have been
    > supplied with the keyboard, but could have outdated or buggy versions of the
    > drivers, so it is always advisable to get the latest drivers for anything
    > from its manufacturer's site.
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > "Amanda" <Amanda@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:39B4D010-C306-4C9C-914F-885C2441BBAF@xxxxxx

    > > Father in law's keyboard was skipping letters. (says when they are typing
    > > along, hunt & peck, then look up at the screen, letters are missing.)
    > > His is a new e-machine, the keyboard came new with it. Windows Vista
    > > Premium.
    > > He bought a new keyboard, (more ergonomic, no because of the problem) and
    > > says the new keyboard also skips.
    > > Are there actually drivers and updates & things for keyboards? What should
    > > I
    > > check first to verify if it is a system problem versus defect in hardware
    > > versus operator error? THANKS
    > > --
    > > Amanda B
    >

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  9. #8


    Amanda Guest

    Re: Keyboard skipping letters

    Nandika?
    I have not found a solution. It could be a CPU usage problem though, I had
    not checked on that. The keyboard doesn't seem to skip all the time, so it's
    hard to track it down.
    --
    Amanda B


    "nandika" wrote:

    >
    > I have the same problem (keyboard skipping letters)... I run Vista
    > Ultimate with all the updates.
    >
    > I have a Toshiba Laptop, so the keyboard is not wireless/bluetooth etc.
    > It should also be fast, but I didnt edit anything in the bios. I didnt
    > have this problem with XP with this laptop, but I also didnt have this
    > problem with my older sony vaio with vista homepremium.
    >
    > I've noticed that it only happens when my CPU usage is higher or 100%.
    > Its very annoying... anyone found a solution already?
    >
    >
    > --
    > nandika
    >

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  10. #9



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    Re: Keyboard skipping letters

    I am having the same problem. I really need help. have to type slow and keep going back to correct missing letters and spaces.

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  11. #10



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    Re: Keyboard skipping letters

    I'm having the same problem on my HP. It appears to be Vista related as many people with different computers are having the same problem. Any solutions yet?

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