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Well, Michael, sorry to see you had dropped your laptop. Before we get any further, I hope you have all your important data backed up, just in case something really goes rogue like your hard drive. Reading through all our members' answers to you, I would have to say many suggested that your problem stems from a hardware issue since your keyboard started to act up after the drop--ranging from a keyboard, hard drive, RAM module that has a loose connection to more serious issues as a damaged motherboard. However, we also can't rule out the possibility of other factors such as coincidental malware infection around the same or simply because of intense system resources being used up--best explained by member clap_clap here.
I will admit these types of issues are difficult to troubleshoot and narrowing it down can be time consuming and takes some patience. And the only real way is the process of elimination--starting with simple stuff and knocking out the eliminating the possibility one at a time. For instance to see if the physical keyboard is the culprit, a simple yet effect solution was suggested from member wilswong on how to test to see if the physical keyboard is either loose or damaged.
There are plenty of other great ideas and suggestions that you can try, and if some of the suggestions are beyond your technical ability, Michael, I would suggest leave it to a professional. I have selected a few suggestions from our members in the Q&A to start from, but there are plenty more member recommendations to read through. Good luck and please come back and follow up to tell us what you discovered and exactly what worked--we are all very curious. Thanks to everyone for your efforts. Have an awesome weekend and take care!
Please help, my computer goes rogue on me
I have a three-year-old laptop, a Compaq nc6400. It's loaded
with XP and I am using Microsoft Office '07, as I had a new
hard drive installed last year when the old one started
acting up. Now, I do go online at various hot spots around my
community, but always have my AVG Security active during
these visits. I recently dropped the laptop onto a hardwood
floor while taking it out of the travel case I use. Since
then it seems to run fine, except it will frequently (at
least once every day or so) go "rogue" and stop responding to
any key except possibly arrow up and down. When I repeatedly
strike a key it won't respond until suddenly it will respond
with multiple lines of a single character (or back spaces)
until I hit "page down" or some other random key and it stops
its machine gun behavior. I have picked this unit up held it
securely and shaken it upside down, shut it down for 5
minutes and restarted it, used canned air across the keys and
a Dust Buster-type vacuum with a focused nozzle on the
keyboard, thinking maybe a food particle might be hiding back
in some obscure corner. I have run Ad Aware, AVG Security,
and Spybot Search and Destroy wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiithout
any apparent help. What do your knowledgeable and generous
tech helpers suggest? Do I spend my limited funds on a
"hospital visit" at my local computer repair shop, or is
there something else I should try first? Or maybe do again?
Do I have a virus? Have I been hacked? Or is there just
something shaken loose in the abrupt impact with the floor? I
would appreciate your suggestions.
Thanks in advance for all your thoughts and attempts to help
with this challenge.
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