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spacebar doesn't work.

February 23, 2009 at 13:43:56
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Prof, 2.394 GHz / 2047 MB

I am at my wits end on this one. Something happened today on my desktop at home, and it's driving me nuts.

Something happened and I had some viruses, which my anti-virus program (Clam-AV), and since then, everytime I would press the space bar, the system would drop down into stanby mode.... Making the spacebar key like a sleep button.

Now I was able to avoid this by disabling the standby altogether, but now my spacebar key doesn't work at all!


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#1
February 23, 2009 at 14:19:29

Have you rebooted?

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What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown


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#2
February 23, 2009 at 15:16:46

Oh yeah, many times!

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#3
February 23, 2009 at 16:25:32

ok, I decided to install windows vista, thinking this would solve the problem.

No dice. even after re-installing a brand new OS, the spacebar activates the standby!!!


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#4
February 23, 2009 at 22:29:39

what kind of keyboard do you have usb or ps2? did you do a full system reformat or did you "upgrade?" shoulda tried avg and malware-bytes. however now it sounds liek a driver problem, possibly in the keyboard. im guessing a usb keyboard? and a fancy one at that?

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#5
February 24, 2009 at 00:32:25

I really don't know why someone would reformat if their keyboard wasn't working the way it should. Have you tried other keyboards yet?

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#6
February 24, 2009 at 04:12:47

It's a standard PS2 keyboard. The thing is... I know the spacebar key works! Because if I re-activate the standby functionality, the spacebar puts the computer to sleep everytime i press it.

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#7
February 24, 2009 at 04:14:41

Oh, and I did a complete re-install of windows... Mind you I didn't reformat the disk prior, but it wasn't an upgrade...

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#8
February 24, 2009 at 07:43:16

I'm still not able to use the spacebar. I reset the Power Configuration options completely to go back to defaults. No dice, now the standby comes into effect as soon as I press the spacebar again.

Where is it in Windows that we can set what keep acts as the standby key?


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#9
February 24, 2009 at 07:46:25

go into device manager and delete the driver for keyboard. then reinstall it maybe?

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#10
February 24, 2009 at 08:42:02

ok, uninstalled the keyboard driver. Asked me to reboot, it re-installed the PS2 driver. Still didn't work.

I went to the logitech website to download their driver, re-installed, still doesn't work.

There's got to be something mapping the spacebar to the sleep key, I checked out a few sites with respect to checking the policies & power configuration, but I couldn't find anyone with the same problem as me.


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#11
February 24, 2009 at 08:57:04

I tried deleting the keyboard layouts in the regional settings too. damn, this problem is a PITA.

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#12
February 24, 2009 at 15:03:24

I don't know if it means anything, but I can remote desktop into the machine from my laptop, and the spacebar works just fine from there...

Another thought I had was that there may be some form of shortcut being used to map the spacebar somehow?


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#13
February 24, 2009 at 15:12:01

Have you tried that keyboard on another machine or someone else's on yours?
It sounds like there is some sort of short circuit inside it.

some other bloke...


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#14
February 24, 2009 at 16:23:00

The OP obviously doesn't think it's his keyboard because he's not willing to try another one. Keyboards are real cheap anymore, around $7 at Big Lots and Goodwill and Salvation Army sell used ones for $1.

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#15
February 26, 2009 at 16:26:22

ok. replaced the keyboard and it worked.

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#16
February 26, 2009 at 19:57:43

Cool, thanks for posting back.

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