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  posted on 12/22/2010 at 06:01 PM
I have an HP laptop and a friend who also has a laptop is having a problem with our mail being sent before we're finished and lately, without me even touching a key, something will post in here before I'm finished. Is anyone else having similar problems? It really does seem at times like this thing is taking over. Oh, and while I'm talking sometimes the thing will skip up two or three llines and start in the middle of a word. And illumination on this problem would be appreciated. My friend contacted HP and was told no one else in the whole world seems to be having this problem and for about $400 they'd be glad to replace the entire keyboard.

 

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  posted on 12/22/2010 at 06:08 PM
One of my work laptops is an HP, Ann, and I've never had this problem. Does it seem that your keys are sticking? Have you attempted to clean the keyboard or give it a shot of pressurized air?

 

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  posted on 12/22/2010 at 06:09 PM
I think gina predicted this a while ago.

it's happening to me righ

 

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  posted on 12/22/2010 at 06:09 PM
t now.
 

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  posted on 12/22/2010 at 06:10 PM
it is probably static electricity causing shocks to the touchpad that get recorded as mouse clicks you didn't actually engage.


ground yourself and the laptop before using.

 

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  posted on 12/22/2010 at 06:10 PM
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t now.
LOL!!!

 

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  posted on 12/22/2010 at 06:12 PM
and pick up your feet and quit sliding on the carpet in your wool socks.

 

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  posted on 12/22/2010 at 06:13 PM
Running a humidifier will get static electricity down and keep your guitars from drying out.

 

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  posted on 12/22/2010 at 06:15 PM
Turn off the touch pad and use a mouse. That should fix it.
 

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  posted on 12/22/2010 at 07:55 PM
Excellent suggestions and I tend to agree with the static electricity as the culpret....that never occurred to me. I'll have to pass it along to my friend....it will be much better and cheaper news. I knew you all could help me!! Thank you!

 

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I'm sorry Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.

 

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  posted on 12/22/2010 at 08:12 PM
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I have an HP laptop and a friend who also has a laptop is having a problem with our mail being sent before we're finished and lately, without me even touching a key, something will post in here before I'm finished. Is anyone else having similar problems? It really does seem at times like this thing is taking over. Oh, and while I'm talking sometimes the thing will skip up two or three llines and start in the middle of a word. And illumination on this problem would be appreciated. My friend contacted HP and was told no one else in the whole world seems to be having this problem and for about $400 they'd be glad to replace the entire keyboard.


Try checking the sensitivity of your touch pad, and you could use the switch that turns off your touch pad while typing.

 

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I'm sorry Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.



I see you've used my computer when I wasn't looking.

I have a switch that controls the touch pad? What's a touch pad?

 

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  posted on 12/23/2010 at 05:33 AM
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I have a switch that controls the touch pad? What's a touch pad?






 

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  posted on 12/23/2010 at 06:31 AM
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One of my work laptops is an HP, Ann, and I've never had this problem. Does it seem that your keys are sticking? Have you attempted to clean the keyboard or give it a shot of pressurized air?


Bingo. Do this very gently though. Also, disable your touchpad if thats what you use and use a traditional mouse to eliminate the touchpad as being a problem. Also, if neither of these things fix your problem, you may consider ensuring that your HP has its touchpad drivers updated.

Im leaning more towards crud under the keys.

EDIT: Its very likely not to be a static problem. Static is a computer killer as a general rule. Touchpads are pressure sensitive and if you are creating an arc between yourself and the touchpad/laptop, you will fry your laptop. Most laptops do not have any metal on their surface to begin with. All this said, never, ever open the computer case or laptop without being grounded.

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  posted on 12/23/2010 at 01:23 PM
I'm very careful to keep my computer keys clean and blow them out every few days....it's definitely not crud under the keys.....as for using a mouse...I sit in a recliner while I use the computer so a mouse is totally impractical. I suppose I'll learn to live with it...I've already figured out how to defeat the early escape of my emails.....I'll figure out how to get around this problem too. Thing is, electric appliances are prone to screw up around me just standing beside them so it stand to reason the computer wouldn't be any different.

 

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  posted on 12/24/2010 at 06:27 AM
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I'm very careful to keep my computer keys clean and blow them out every few days....it's definitely not crud under the keys.....as for using a mouse...I sit in a recliner while I use the computer so a mouse is totally impractical. I suppose I'll learn to live with it...I've already figured out how to defeat the early escape of my emails.....I'll figure out how to get around this problem too. Thing is, electric appliances are prone to screw up around me just standing beside them so it stand to reason the computer wouldn't be any different.


You would be very surprised to see how much crud is under your keys, careful or not :-)

Turn it upside down and gently bang on the back to see for yourself. Even little bits of hair can cause lots of problems. If you have a cat or a dog, they may be the culprit. Something is triggering an important key thats causing your issue. I would NOT spend the money on replacing the keyboard. Get you a $10 keyboard and plug it into the laptop. I have a nice Logitech wireless set up with mouse and Ill never use a regular keyboard again. Sitting in a recliner, you can have the mouse anywhere within about 20ft of the laptop. A last minute stocking stuffer :-)

 

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  posted on 12/24/2010 at 06:44 AM
Oh....you said bang on it GENTLY................damn.....

Ann, i have to put a rubber backing on the inside of my watches because the electricity in my body shorts them out.

ST....20 ft. away? Damn son you must have some good eyeballs!

 

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  posted on 12/24/2010 at 12:27 PM
We have a daughter who can't wear wrist watches because she shorts them out...thank you very much for the tip about putting something between you and the watch. It will make her life so much easier!! Now, if we could just put something rubber between her and everything electric she touches, it would make my life much easier. I gather you're a 'slider' too!

 

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I'm very careful to keep my computer keys clean and blow them out every few days....it's definitely not crud under the keys.....as for using a mouse...I sit in a recliner while I use the computer so a mouse is totally impractical. I suppose I'll learn to live with it...I've already figured out how to defeat the early escape of my emails.....I'll figure out how to get around this problem too. Thing is, electric appliances are prone to screw up around me just standing beside them so it stand to reason the computer wouldn't be any different.


You would be very surprised to see how much crud is under your keys, careful or not :-)

Turn it upside down and gently bang on the back to see for yourself. Even little bits of hair can cause lots of problems. If you have a cat or a dog, they may be the culprit. Something is triggering an important key thats causing your issue. I would NOT spend the money on replacing the keyboard. Get you a $10 keyboard and plug it into the laptop. I have a nice Logitech wireless set up with mouse and Ill never use a regular keyboard again. Sitting in a recliner, you can have the mouse anywhere within about 20ft of the laptop. A last minute stocking stuffer :-)

I use my laptop sitting in a recliner. I use a wireless mouse and the leather arm rest on the chair makes a perfect mouse pad. Only problem is sometimes I fall asleep halfway through writing an email.

 

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  posted on 12/26/2010 at 12:39 PM
I've always wondered about the largest amount of keif ever found under a keyboard - like at the Apple service center... they must see all kinds of, uh, little tidbits like that.

 

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I've always wondered about the largest amount of keif ever found under a keyboard - like at the Apple service center... they must see all kinds of, uh, little tidbits like that.



When I did computer support it was 'desk eaters' that were the worst. Crumbs, spills etc. My office terminal keyboards are full of staples (and food bits...) No matter how careful you are, the keyboard gets full. Just looking at my laptop keyboard right now and I can see quite a bit...ugh.

 

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  posted on 12/26/2010 at 11:16 PM
I keep a new soft bristle paintbrush beside my computer and at least twice a day turn my computer upside down and brush for funk. Maybe it's just talking about it, but the thing has been working better since I asked. I'm telling you, fanfrom-71 is on the right track.

 

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