Solved keyboard not allowing me to type in Windows

Dell / INSPIRON 5150
June 21, 2009 at 10:19:21
Specs: Windows XP
Hey all,
New to the forum! There seems to be a lot of knowledge here so I thought I would post my very odd sutuation. I have a Dell Inspiron 5150 who's keyboard is not allowing me to type while booted into Windows. The keyboard works fine BEFORE Windows loads. I can access the BIOS and get into safe mode using key strokes, but once the GUI for Windows is loaded I can't type anything. If I open Internet Explorer and attempt to type in the address bar, the window just flashes. This happens with any window I have open and all keystrokes yeild the same response.
I've tried every key on the keyboard, including all of the Functions keys, Windows key, and even arrow keys. The keyboard has been replaced by Dell, but I can't help but wonder if the keyboard itself is even the issue. Here's what I done so far:
- Re-installed chipset driver. Helped PC to discover that it had an ethernet card, but did nothing to help with the keyboard.
- Opened a command prompt and tried in safe mode. Still no typing capability.

any ideas? Thanks in advance!

- Mike


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June 21, 2009 at 21:21:54
Got it!

I noticed there were a lot of icons in the system tray so I expanded the tray so I could see what was happening. Turns out that Sticky Keys and Mouse Keys was enabled. Once I turned those off, keyboard functionality returned. Just goes to show, when you see hoofprints think Horses, not Zebras =)

Thanks for all of the help! I will certainly be checking back here should I inherit another ailing PC.

- Mike



#1
June 21, 2009 at 10:46:28
... I've refitted laptop keyboards after giving the connectors a good "going over" with a toothbrush and had them working again but never had your gui conflict!

how to the remove the Keyboard

"...The keyboard has been replaced by Dell..."

... does that mean it was fixed?

... you've got a "duff" and a good keyboard?

... if Dell just fobbed you off by replacing the keyboard as solved take it back!

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Grrrr
"...pentathol makes you sing like a canary"
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... got brain freeze


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#2
June 21, 2009 at 15:20:28
Dell addmitted to there being an issue when they replaced the faulty keyboard to begin with....send it back to them again and force them to repair the problem they failed to fix the first time around.

Change Is Good
http://www.citizenlink.org/Stopligh...


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#3
June 21, 2009 at 20:20:23
>>"...The keyboard has been replaced by Dell..."
... does that mean it was fixed?
... you've got a "duff" and a good keyboard?
... if Dell just fobbed you off by replacing the keyboard as solved take it back!<<

Thanks for the responses! As we all know, just because it came back from Dell with a new keyboard doesn't necessarily mean that it was fixed. The strange part of the issue is that in Recovery Console the keyboard works fine.

Whatever it is, it's Windows related. Trying one more thing and will let you guys know what I come up with.

- Mike


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#4
June 21, 2009 at 21:21:54
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Got it!

I noticed there were a lot of icons in the system tray so I expanded the tray so I could see what was happening. Turns out that Sticky Keys and Mouse Keys was enabled. Once I turned those off, keyboard functionality returned. Just goes to show, when you see hoofprints think Horses, not Zebras =)

Thanks for all of the help! I will certainly be checking back here should I inherit another ailing PC.

- Mike


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