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    Keyboard response rate(?)

    I am becoming increasingly frustrated by my inability to type capitals, in that I know I've hit the Shift key, but I'm seemingly releasing it before pressing the letter-to-be-capitalised key.

    This seems to be getting worse. I can start writing an email:

    <code>hello fred</code>
    see I've missed the capitals, go back and retype it - and it's still the same. <img src=/S/hairout.gif border=0 alt=hairout width=31 height=23>

    Any views on whether this is possibly a keyboard issue, perhaps I need to press harder and/or longer on specific keys, that may be resolvable with a better quality keyboard? (I'm currently using a three year old bog-standard Dell keyboard of a type that has served me well for years.)

    Or is it just a another sign of advancing age - in my fingers only! - akin to my ability to type teh instead of the nine times out of ten?

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    Re: Keyboard response rate(?)

    Hi Leif

    I am in the same boat as you. My problem is I damaged my little finger when I was younger ( I crushed the tip) and have limited feeling in it. I find that I am always missing capitals off beginnings of names because I cannot feel if the key is pressed down or not. Personally (had to type that twice) I don't think it is your keyboard, here in my office we call the problem a PEBCAK
    <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">Problem Exists Between Chair And Keyboard</span hide> <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Keyboard response rate(?)

    It definitely could be the keyboard. I've had a couple at work where one or more keys did not work all the time and eventually failed completely. Although, I'd not rule out completely that your brain could be working faster than your hands. <img src=/S/anigrin.gif border=0 alt=anigrin width=19 height=19>

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    Re: Keyboard response rate(?)

    Dear Uncle Jerry,
    I'm afraid the problem still exists even if I stand when I type, so that should rule that one out! <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

    I guess it must be down to brain-hand co-ordination as Joe suggests, but if anyone can recommend a USB keyboard that may slow down the aging process, I'd be glad to hear about it...

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    BTW, not matter what the outcome with your keyboard I think TEH should definitely be added to the dictionary. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Keyboard response rate(?)

    Yep! And not forgetting TAHT and SOEM and ADN <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

    (I think the worst is possibly 'the entry FILED' as spellcheckers quite happily accept it...)

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    Re: Keyboard response rate(?)

    And 'LOOSE' as in lose one's marbles! <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>
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    I've been told for a long time that my marbles are loose and lost simultaneously. <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Keyboard response rate(?)

    Some people never had any marbles, but that did not stop them from typing while standing up to prevent PEBCAK

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Keyboard response rate(?)

    I'm struggling with a keyboard myself right now. I've been using MS ergonomic keyboards for several years, but this year I bought a new"comfort keyboard." The keys are in slightly different places, and the space bar seems to require a much moredirect "push" to make a space.

    So, I feel your pain. Have you tried a new keyboard ? Maybe you'll get better results with something that's sized differently or has a different "feel"

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    Re: Keyboard response rate(?)

    A good burst of compressed air, and shaking the keyboard above a trash bin, upside down (the keyboard, not the bin) may dislodge any dust that's collected in the keyboard.

    Small bits of anything can cause many big annoyances.
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    Re: Keyboard response rate(?)

    Or throw it in the dishwasher and air dry it out <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Keyboard response rate(?)

    This whole thread reminds me of a "story" that was widely circulated around the hallowed halls of my former 30-year employer. Sorry, I ain't gonna mention the name here, but if you check my profile you'll have the answer. I never knew if the story was a modification of fact or a funny urban legend. I guess it's kinda PEBCAK in nature.

    The story involves a lady who called Customer Engineering for support with her typewriter. When the CE arrived at her office, she reported that she was experiencing spurious SPACES from her typewriter. After checking the machine and finding no problems, the CE asked the customer to show him what happens. After watching her type for a short time and getting the unwanted extra spaces, the CE had her step away from the typewriter, whereupon he proceeded to RAISE her ergonomic chair a couple of inches and the problem ceased. It seems she was a rather well endowed lady (if ya know what I mean) and she was, er, touching a couple of "body parts" on the space bar. Well, you get the idea. So there...

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    Re: Keyboard response rate(?)

    Al

    So let me get this right.

    You are saying that Leif maybe "touching a couple of body parts" on his shift key <img src=/S/hmmn.gif border=0 alt=hmmn width=15 height=15> I am trying not to visualise that at the moment...and don't really want to. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    I think it maybe down to the fact that the key is not been depressed centrally.
    Jerry

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    Re: Keyboard response rate(?)

    I was centrally depressed too, till I read your post. The image it produced in my mind caused sufficient <img src=/S/rofl.gif border=0 alt=rofl width=15 height=15> to cure me.

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