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boblydan
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Registered: ‎02-11-2008
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Random letters appear while typing, X60 WinXP

Greetings all!

A colleague of mine is using a X60 with an Ultrabase at his office, and he's experiencing some weird errors that I can't figure out. It's not critical in any way, but rather a constant annoyance.

Every now and then while he's typing some text in whatever application, a random letter will appear and bugger up the spelling of the words. This happens all the time, more or less every 2-3 minutes. It does not matter if he's using a USB-keyboard attached to the Ultrabase, or the keyboard on the X60 itself. I reckoned it might be a faulty keyboard, but seing as this happens on every keyboard I'm not so sure about this.

Example:
"My colleague types this"
but what appears on-screen is for instance:
"My colleague trypes this." (an "r" mysteriously appeared)

All these spelling errors are frustrating, as they happen all the time. At least he's forced to spell check all his documents, but I can see that this is annoying in the long run.

What can cause this kind of behavior? I was hoping I'd avoid a reinstall of the computer. I reckon I'll install another disk, boot it up,  and see if the errors still persist. If so, I reckon it's hardware related.

If anyone's experienced anything similiar, please let me know :-)


Regards
Bob Lydan

Bajpai
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Re: Random letters appear while typing, X60 WinXP

I would first eliminate possibility of any virus infection.
 
The error is not limited to one keyboard, and neither is it about the mappped key. Otherwise it would be consistent.
 
To me it appears more a virus behaviour.
Sushil
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boblydan
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Re: Random letters appear while typing, X60 WinXP

Indeed, I also thought about the possibility that there might be virus at work. I ran a full scan with Symantec Antivirus ver. 10.2, but it showed no sign of infection.

I'll try running some online virus scan, and see if that helps.
Bajpai
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Re: Random letters appear while typing, X60 WinXP

Sometimes Norton is a case of cure being worse than the malady.
 
Try NOD 32. They offer free download for a 30 days fully functional trial version. You'll need to disbale Norton before you install anothetr product, other the two might fight each other and virtually disable your PC.
 
I have copied their link below.
 
 
Good luck.
Sushil
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