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Keyboard Key problem?
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Baldlygo


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Location: Le Dorat, France

PostPosted: Fri 25 May 2012, 08:32    Post subject:  Keyboard Key problem?  

I'm running Lupo 520 and WinXP on a Toshiba Laptop which I think has a dodgy key on the keyboard. Sometimes at boot it will continually step through the options and not stop until I tap the keyboard - when stopped I can select the OS and then boot reasonably OK. But sometimes I will get lots of "^[[[E"s as if a key is stuck and repeating.

When the system has booted I can start Chrome but then it often keeps refreshing continuously as if a key is continuously stuck down. However, strangely, if I use Seamonkey the problem does not occur. All I can think of is that the "^[[[E"s do something in Chromium but not in SeaMonkey.

I might have to replace the keyboard but I am thinking it might be possible just to disable the problem key. It seems impossible to search Google for "^[[[E" since it only find E's. Any ideas please.

Paul

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Dewbie

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PostPosted: Fri 25 May 2012, 23:34    Post subject:  

If you're mechanically inclined, perhaps you can pull the keys or disassemble the laptop to access under them.

Then get a can of this and spray it on the contact areas.
(91% isopropyl alcohol applied with a Q-tip might also work in a pinch.)

Give it a full day to make sure everything is dry, then reassemble and try it.
(Never energize anything that's wet.)
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Baldlygo


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PostPosted: Sat 26 May 2012, 11:43    Post subject: Key Problem  

Thank you Dewbie - I have the manual but there are lots of screws and I will need to allow more than an hour to take it apart and try and fix it. I will carry on using SeaMonkey until I have more time.

However no one has commented on the code "^[[[E" or how I can find out what it represents. I presume others will see codes if keys are pressed while Puppy is booting. Left arrow gives "^[[[D" but I cannot find the offending one. Any more comments anyone please?

Paul

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