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Author Topic: Sticky Alt key on Dell laptop anyone?  (Read 3100 times)

wasker

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Sticky Alt key on Dell laptop anyone?
« on: April 07, 2007, 12:09:40 PM »
I have a weird problem on my Dell laptop with Windows XP SP2 system: my Alt key gets sometime "sticky". Say, when I press Alt-F4, my Alt key remains "pressed" and activates close confirmation (if any) box' system menu, or if I use Alt-Tab, then I end up with activated window's menu.

1) It's not a hardware problem: it replicates with laptop's own keyboard and external one.
2) "Sticky keys" are turned off.
3) As I'm heavy keyboard user, this drives me crazy.

Any ideas appreciated.

Thanks!

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Re: Sticky Alt key on Dell laptop anyone?
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2007, 02:31:37 PM »
Is there some Dell utility running that does the same thing as sticky keys?

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Re: Sticky Alt key on Dell laptop anyone?
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2007, 02:49:11 PM »
I have no idea. They have some stuff running in background. My quick research didn't give me any clues. Maybe someone had some problem in the past and have some pointers?

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Re: Sticky Alt key on Dell laptop anyone?
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2007, 03:18:11 PM »
yeah tinjaw's guess is a good one.

start killing off background processes and see if you can kill something that causes it.