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damn computer virus or something else making my keys CRAZY?

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damn computer virus or something else making my keys CRAZY?

I thought it was 'sticky keys' and sometimes my doing ctrl+shift works to dislodge it from inputting weird letters when I'm pressing say <'> and it turns out to be <è>. When it's NOT that, it goes nuts, like I'm scrolling on my laptop's touchpad, but instead of the screen going up and down, it affects the zoom. If I press the <+> in Chrome to open a new tab, it asks if I want to open 78 tabs...what? I try to click on YT's search bar and it goes to the Chrome top bar instead? Etc...

Or is this just some annoying glitch that can only be resolved by rebooting the computer every once in a while (I only put it in 'sleep' unless forced to shutdown).
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Have you spilled anything on your laptop lately?
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No, it's totally clean.
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Try the BIOS, live cd or the Windows installer disk. Do those work fine? If yes, then it is a software issue and can be fixed by formatting your computer
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kramer1 wrote: Try the BIOS, live cd or the Windows installer disk. Do those work fine? If yes, then it is a software issue and can be fixed by formatting your computer
Whoa, is that the only solution? Seems heavy duty/overboard.
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Might as well. It's easier than spending days figuring this out. Takes like 1day at max, including backups and restoring all data.

Also not like you can screw anything up, that you can't fix by formatting, again :P
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kramer1 wrote: Might as well. It's easier than spending days figuring this out. Takes like 1day at max, including backups and restoring all data.

Also not like you can screw anything up, that you can't fix by formatting, again :P
There's no AV or other prg that can surgically solve this...? I don't even know if I have enough backup drive space. It's an annoying prb, for sure, but it's luckily rare, so I don't wanna use a sledgehammer to a prb that only requires a small mini hammer.
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Oh wait, you put your PC to sleep. There that's your issue. Windows is windows dude, it needs to be shutdown. It all comes from all the cruft they need for compatibility. And so bugs exist from the old codebases.

Get a Unix based device, like a Mac, but even those need reboots, every few months. For a PC, i have heard great things about Pop_Os
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kramer1 wrote: Oh wait, you put your PC to sleep. There that's your issue. Windows is windows dude, it needs to be shutdown. It all comes from all the cruft they need for compatibility. And so bugs exist from the old codebases.

Get a Unix based device, like a Mac, but even those need reboots, every few months. For a PC, i have heard great things about Pop_Os
Ok, tx, I guess I have to do this std 'solution', can't avoid haha.
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Sounds like your keyboard layout is set to French Canadian. Go into language options and set it to us english.
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To add to what the dude wrote above, delete the French layout, assuming you don't use it. Remove any hotkey combinations for fast changing between input languages.

I think if you choose Canada as your region, by default, Windows adds US and French layouts.
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I dunno about the French keyboard cuz the touchpad shouldn't operate like that for example, in addition to other oddities.
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Do you have spare kb? Connect if the keys are still crazy, if they are, you have malware.
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Try a spare keyboard and mouse first - if it happens with those, it's a software issue.

Boot into safe mode or use a linux liverun distro. if it still happens, it's a hardware problem.
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kramer1 wrote: Get a Unix based device, like a Mac, but even those need reboots, every few months. For a PC, i have heard great things about Pop_Os
Not a Mac, but I can get years of uptime out of Ubuntu, even with updates. Only a select few updates need reboots.
M1K3Z0R wrote: Try a spare keyboard and mouse first - if it happens with those, it's a software issue.

Boot into safe mode or use a linux liverun distro. if it still happens, it's a hardware problem.
This is what I'd do.
If a live linux does this too, it's hardware.
If it doesn't, it's Windows.
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