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    Inadvertent Shortcut Key

    My computer has started to control my computer in ways that I never intended.

    "All of a sudden" (those of you with young children at home now what I mean), whenever I hit the <ctrl> key the key activates a file "cdplay.exe" I get a dialog box with the message, "No disc in CD," I click OK, and then I get the application that normally launches when I put a CD in the machine. If I don't close the application, after a while my machine seems to hang. This happens whenever I use <ctrl>, whether it is alone or in combination with other keys. Since I use shortcuts all the time, this is driving me crazy.

    I checked the property of the application icon that is in the Start/Programs menu. That does not show a shortcut key.

    I went to the actual file "cdplay.exe" and removed it from the machine. Then when I hit the <ctrl> key, I got a message that said something like "I was missing the file, blah, blah, blah."

    I went to my system disk and reinstalled this software. When I hit the <ctrl> key, I received the same original message.

    Please, any ideas? Thanks very much.

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    Re: Inadvertent Shortcut Key

    Are you noticing any other erroneous keyboard behavior?
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    Re: Inadvertent Shortcut Key

    I am noticing nothing else.

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    Re: Inadvertent Shortcut Key

    I have not received any responses to how I might fix my problem. Do you have a suggestion of where else I might try for help--the situation is driving me crazy? Thanks.

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    Re: Inadvertent Shortcut Key

    My only suggestion is to re-install CDPlay... Or you might try washing your keyboard.. <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.wopr.com/cgi-bin/w3t/showflat.pl?Cat=&Board=hard&Number=21904&page=0&vi ew=collapsed&sb=5>This Thread</A>

    That's one strange issue tho I admit... You might try downloading <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.download.com>Filemon</A> to see if you can find out what's making it do that...

    I feel like it *may* be a virus... perhaps...

    Hope that helps!

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    Re: Inadvertent Shortcut Key

    I ran a check on a couple of virus sites and came up with zilch that appeared relevant.

    Can you try another keyboard - it almost sounds like the key is sending a string of key sequences...?

    Have you run a search through the registry for CTRL ?
    Installed any new software recently?

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    Re: Inadvertent Shortcut Key

    Did your system come with a diagnostics disk? In my experience with Compaq, Dell and Acer these diskettes include a routine to test the keys as you press them.

    That is you get a diagram of the keyboard on the screen on which the keys blink in order until you press the co-resopnding actual key. It will then either move to the next key, if the code received is correct, or bleep at you.
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    Re: Inadvertent Shortcut Key

    I've got no solution, either, but I have heard that misery loves company...

    Two or three times over the past several months, I've had my TAB key take on new behavior. The last time, when I was using Netscape Communicator 4.72, pressing TAB to move between fields caused NC to minimize and Windows Explorer to open.

    It seemed to be related to previous problems (some application terminated, etc.) and would go away after re-starting the computer.

    Deepest condolences on your loss...

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    Re: Inadvertent Shortcut Key

    Does this happen with both Ctrl keys or just one? If just one, which one? And finally... which operating system are you using?

    Oh!, and one more for the road. Have you shut down the machine as an attempted fix? If not, leave it powered off for 5 minutes to let the capacitors drain. This way you know you have a completely reset system.

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    Re: Inadvertent Shortcut Key

    I'd be interested in seeing what happens in DOS. Perhaps exiting completing out of Windows and into DOS and making a simple dos text file that ends with CTRL + Z to make an end of file mark would show any further complications.

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    Re: Inadvertent Shortcut Key

    Shutting down the machine does indeed cancel this aberrant behavior.

    Dont' know if it's both Ctrl keys, since I can't reproduce it at will. And as I said, it appears to occur after some program has terminated abnormally.

    Hmmmm...aberrant, abnormal...

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    Re: Inadvertent Shortcut Key

    I too have seen this before (although not for some time) in my case the tab key acts precisely like Alt Tab, switching windows. Re-start cures the behaviour. <img src=/S/hairy.gif border=0 alt=hairy width=15 height=15> Really be interested should anyone discover the cause/cure. I honestly don't believe this to be a hardware problem. Sounds as if some software may be changing the key behaviours. Point is, it's not always convenient to restart your system. By the way, I'm running Windows'98.

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    Re: Inadvertent Shortcut Key

    I have had some similar, but not identical, experiences with machines with older bioses, where the shift key behaves as if stuck "on" (but it isn't physically stuck). These have been cured contemporaneously without rebooting by playing with combinations Alt-Ctrl-Shift or Alt-Shift or Ctrl-Shift, so I assume that some combination of these keys toggled the aberrant behavior in the first place. See if you can toggle back to normal key behavior through some related key combination. May not work, but worth a shot.
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    Re: Inadvertent Shortcut Key

    AHA !!! Brian said while copying and pasting to a Note, will definitely try this should I see that abherrant/abhorent behaviour again. Cheers. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Inadvertent Shortcut Key

    Hi
    Some varied ideas here. If it were my problem :

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