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Reborn Outcast
02-11-2005, 04:25 PM
ok this all started when i held down shift for eight seconds now my shift key does not work i cant type in capital letters my enter key does not work my caps lock punctuation and shift keys are dead my up and down arrows only highlight things my scroll button on my mouse closes browser windows help is there anything i can do or any reason why this happened and everyone im real sorry for the no punctuation or capital letters but my keyboard wont let me use them

acdcfanbill
02-11-2005, 04:32 PM
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsME/using/workingefficiently/tips/ao_stickykeys.asp

jon_hill987
02-11-2005, 04:35 PM
Hell, that is strange. well I'm not holding down shift for 8 seconds.

Firstly, have you restarted your PC, if yes then some setting has changed and it is not just a tempory glitch.

Do you have a virus scanner? it could well be a virus doing these strange things.

Um, I'm all outa Ideas for now.


(oh and it ain't sticky keys, you turn that on by pressing shift 5 times in a row)

Reborn Outcast
02-11-2005, 04:37 PM
yea i dont think it has anything to do with sticky keys because all of them are unchecked ill try doing a virus scan

Reborn Outcast
02-11-2005, 04:49 PM
Well, I just did a complete virus scan, and it found one immediately. I deleted it and restarted my computer and VOILA everything is fine.

acdcfanbill
02-11-2005, 05:08 PM
normally a restart clears sticky keys anyway.

Acrylic
02-11-2005, 05:15 PM
Originally posted by acdcfanbill
normally a restart clears sticky keys anyway.

I was just about to say that! :D

El Sitherino
02-11-2005, 05:18 PM
Originally posted by acdcfanbill
normally a restart clears sticky keys anyway. or a good wash. ;)

But yeah, try a restart. You might even have to replace your keyboard if it's a software issue.

kipperthefrog
02-11-2005, 05:30 PM
stick the keyboard in the dish washer and let it dry if it is dirty. I know this sounds crazy, but my dad's friend is a computer fixing MASTER. he suggest that

You might also consider replacing the keyboard.

coupes.
02-11-2005, 05:40 PM
Originally posted by kipperthefrog
stick the keyboard in the dish washer and let it dry if it is dirty. I know this sounds crazy, but my dad's friend is a computer fixing MASTER. he suggest that

You might also consider replacing the keyboard.
:rofl:

The keys are not actually sticky... Sticky keys are mostly used by people who have motor impairments that make it difficult to press combinations of keys. Activating sticky keys basically holds modifiers keys (shift, control, etc.) down for you.

El Sitherino
02-11-2005, 06:35 PM
Yeah, I was just making a joke about physically sticky keys. I couldn't waste the opportunity.

IG-64
02-11-2005, 06:50 PM
Filter keys is the holding down one, sticky keys is the pressing simutanioulsy one.

I hate them, whenever I reformat my comp I go strait to turn them off.

BongoBob
02-11-2005, 07:38 PM
IG, you seem to do that alot don't you :p

Astrotoy7
02-11-2005, 07:47 PM
Originally posted by BongoBob
IG, you seem to do that alot don't you :p

lolzrz

... IG is the compy mess up and reformat KING :D

I was much that same when a youngster. I put my commodore amiga through terrible ordeals,,,and they were much harder to fix back then, with no internet to help :(

mtfbwya

legameboy
02-11-2005, 08:34 PM
Get a *cough* (http://www.apple.com) .

Acrylic
02-11-2005, 08:51 PM
Originally posted by legameboy
Get a *cough* (http://www.apple.com) .

Get a *life* (http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=life).:rolleyes:

Maybe some people don't want macs.

Astrotoy7
02-11-2005, 09:59 PM
Man, legameboy used to be cool before he became all Mac happy :(

*see what Macs do to people* :cry7:

mtfbwya

narfblat
02-11-2005, 10:12 PM
Originally posted by Astrotoy7
Man, legameboy used to be cool before he became all Mac happy :( That's not true! Legameboy never was cool!:p he he

I didn't know about the sticky key thing until I was given a boxed set of 5 or 6 pinball games. These games were made before "sticky keys," so they used shift for the flippers.:headbump Oh well, I don't like pinball that much anyway.

Acrylic
02-12-2005, 08:27 PM
Originally posted by narfblat
That's not true! Legameboy never was cool!:p he he

I didn't know about the sticky key thing until I was given a boxed set of 5 or 6 pinball games. These games were made before "sticky keys," so they used shift for the flippers.:headbump Oh well, I don't like pinball that much anyway.

You can disable them, but I don't know how.

legameboy
02-12-2005, 08:30 PM
On my PC, the sticky keys work like so: when you hold down the shift key for a few seconds, a dialog box pops up and allows you to either turn sticky keys off, on, or never use this 5-second hold-down as a shortcut to the dialog box ever again.

The Seeker
02-13-2005, 06:37 AM
found a shirt for legameboy:

clicky (http://www.zestuff.com/product.php?productid=35&cat=13&page=1)

couldn't resist

ZBomber
02-13-2005, 10:16 AM
Happened to me before, had to fiddle around with some options.

The_One
02-13-2005, 11:19 AM
Someone at work managed to switch sticky keys on at one of our tills. Unfortunately, the program used on the tills runs in fullscreen, so I couldn't access the control panel to switch it off - nor could I use the usual keyboard shortcuts.

In the end we had to pull out the power cable from some stupid inaccessible place in order to start from scratch.

No-one ever owned up to doing it - hardly surprising, given the queue of customers left waiting at the end :p