Search box fills up with apostrophes

PAB

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Good morning,

I had a problem where when i clicked on the start button the start search box filled up with apostrophes, I had to use the backspace to get rid of them, and even then, on the odd occassion it would start filling up again with apostrophes. I only knew this was happening because I heard a continuous sound coming fro my computer and when I clicked on the start button the start search box was filling up with apostrophes again.

I had other problems as well so I clean installed Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit.
I am still having the same problem even after the clean install.

I can't seem to find anything with regard to my specific problem on Google so I am asking here for any help of advice please.

Thanks in advance.
 

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townsbg

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Can you try another keyboard?
 

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PAB

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Thanks for the reply townsbg.

Unfortunately it is on my laptop.

EDIT: I should have said that it is not a sticky key!
 

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ilikefree

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Gently pries off the apostrophe key and free it up as it sounds like a stuck key to me.
 

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PAB

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Thanks for the reply ilikefree,

I have checked the key by taking it off and found nothing unusual, the key was smooth and free in its operation. I then re-seated it back and started the laptop.
Still the same proble.

Thanks in advance.

EDIT: I have done all the updates avaiable in case it was something to do with an old version of something that I had insalled or was on the reinstall disc.
 

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ilikefree

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Thanks for the reply townsbg.

Unfortunately it is on my laptop.

EDIT: I should have said that it is not a sticky key!
You can still use a USB keyboard with a laptop and it would help to track down the problem
 

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    Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo P8700 @ 2.53GHz
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    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Mobile Intel 4 Series Express Chipset Family
    Sound Card
    Conexant 20561 SmartAudio HD
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    15 inch
    Screen Resolution
    1280 x 800
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    1x 180GB Intel 530 series SSD
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    Only ever used a laptop.
    Also use USB Freeview TV Card
    Lenovo Docking Station
    External Speakers
    Other bits a pieces as needed

PAB

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Unfortunately I don't have a USB keyboard at my disposal.
I have just checked that I have the latest driver installed for my keyboard and I have.
 

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PAB

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Well, I have been mucking around with this all day on and off, without success I might add.
If anyone has got any ideas they would be most welcome.

Thanks in advance.
 

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townsbg

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The general consensus seems to be the keyboard.
 

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wither 3

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Does this happen immediately after you click on Search or after you selected For Files and Folders?
 

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gonzo24

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Similar problems were reported in this old thread and there seemed to be a variety of reasons.
Keys repeat uncontrollably

Perhaps you will see something that looks familiar? If you are hearing a noise that could suggest the computer is busy doing more than typing, so check task manager as one of the people in the thread did.
Does it only happen with the start button and search box? Or if you open a text file, word document etc. does it enter apostrophes there too?
 

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PAB

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Thanks for the replies.

Sorry I haven't replied I have been away for a while.
gonzo24, that does sound very interesting and I will look at that shortly.
 

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