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    Ctrl/Alt/Delete

    The Ctrl/Alt/Delete sequence only occasionally brings up the "Active Programs" box. Generally it does nothing. How can I repair that function?

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    Re: Ctrl/Alt/Delete

    Are you sure it's not an iffy keyboard?
    Next time, try the Alt and Ctrl keys on the right-hand side of the keyboard.

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    Re: Ctrl/Alt/Delete

    The keys are fine as they operate individually as they should.

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    Re: Ctrl/Alt/Delete

    Since that hook is so basic to windows, even though the keys work individually, I would find another keyboard and test it. The combination of all three of them may be sending a different electrical signal to your mainboard. If two keyboards act up, then I would suspect the PS/2 or AT connector on your keyboard.

    You can also take your keyboard and plug it into an entirely different PC to test it. If it works there, suspect your PC's keyboard socket. If it does the same, you know it's the keyboard.

    As an FYI, I once discovered that a problem with my keyboard resulted from a change in the BIOS settings - weird - but I lost all keyboard functionality after changing the setting in the BIOS to PNP OS = Yes. Just a heads up that *anything* can go wrong!
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    Re: Ctrl/Alt/Delete

    Thanks for responding.
    Checked another keyboard to no avail then got the idea to check in Safe Mode. Worked fine. With the intermittent nature have felt it is a software problem so you got me to thinking and I started deleting any added startup programs. I finally came accross the prob: I had installed Windows Setup>Accessibility Tools that includes a program that makes your numerical keyboard a mouse tool. The NumLock key controls whether or not it is on and I would disable it when I used the numerical keyboard in Quicken, etc-thereby making it an apparent intermittent problem . Whenever the program is on it apparently disables the Del key.
    Uninstalled program and no more problem.
    It sure is hard to get good help.
    Thanks again for responding.

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    Re: Ctrl/Alt/Delete

    Hey, I am glad you were able to track it down. A lesson for me too, that another program could add a hook to intercept the key you were using - when I do a three finger salute, I don't use DEL on the keypad, but beneath Print Screen instead.

    Just goes to show that you need to think of things from all perspectives....the most important though is that you got the problem licked. Congrats! Now all you have to do is wait for the hair you pulled out to grow back <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>

    Cheers,
    -Mark

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    Re: Ctrl/Alt/Delete

    Unfortunately, I am at an age where the hair does not come in so easily. Thanks anyway though.
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    Re: Ctrl/Alt/Delete

    Interesting. I just tried Ctrl+Alt+Del using the key below the insert key, the lower right numpad key with numlock off, & the same key with numlock on. All 3 bring up the close program dialog box. I wonder why yours is different. I have Win98SE.

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    Re: Ctrl/Alt/Delete

    Phil,
    It is because I had installed Windows Setup>Accessibility Tools that includes a program that makes the numerical keyboard a mouse tool (moves the arrow around the screen) and takes control of the keypad. NumLock is what enabled/disabled the program. As soon as I removed it Ctrl/Alt/Delete worked perfectly.
    Frank

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