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Strange keyboard malfunction

Discussion in 'Techno-Magic' started by SlickRCBD, Jan 12, 2016.

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    I've got two working Windows computers with PS/2 ports. Both have PS/2 keyboards and mice to save USB spots since I've got a couple of spare keyboards.

    Lately the keyboard on my Windows 7 computer started malfunctioning intermittantly. The num lock, scroll lock, and caps locks would flash, and the keyboard would stop responding. I'd have to unplug and replug it to get it working, or reboot the computer, sometimes both.

    I tried swapping the keyboards to see if the issue was the keyboard or the computer, and the keyboards worked fine on both computers when swapped for three days.
    Puzzled, I swapped them back. The problem returned on the Windows 7 computer. Yet when I tried putting it back on the old XP machine a second time and played some old games, it had no problems.

    The keyboards are different sizes, one having more distance between the function keys and the top of the keyboard as well as larger boarders, and the larger one fits better on the desk with the flatscreen than the one with the old CRT. Yet it is malfunctioning on that computer, but works fine on the old computer with the CRT.

    Has anybody ever encountered something like this before? The keyboard in question has been used with the Win 7 computer for at least three years without issue, I can't recall exactly when the old keyboard was broken in an accident with the cord.

    Unfortunately, most of my other spares are either ergonomic keyboards that I hate (what came with the Windows 7 computer was one, I just pulled out an old spare), and the last one that isn't is also one of those big ones with the big "wrist guard" in front of the space bar that takes up lots of desk space that I don't like and cannot use with the CRT computer.
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