Having problems with your Dell Inspiron 6400 Notebook ?

Control Button stopped working? How to reset?

\015 I think I may have inadvertently reset my Control key on my Dell Inspiron 6400 laptop. It no longer functions - no CTRL C, CTRL V, CTL ALT DELETE. I rely on the Control Key for basic functions like copy and paste a trillion times a day so this is downright painful! I do not think this is a hardware issue. I think I bumped something or held a key down to long somewhere along the line. Can someone share how to check your keyboard settings and possibly how to reset the almighty Control Key?Thanks!\015

Answers :

Actually it matters not what computer you have, it's the operating system that's the problem. This is a very common fault in windows 7 and to a lesser extent XP. There are a few problem areas and solutions. Firstly, forget uninstalling the keyboard drivers or checking your files with scannow or doing malware adware checks, or ctrl alt fn buttons or installing Clipspy or going back to restore points. that's all BS and a complete waste of time, these answers are usually offered up by people who have never experienced the problem and actually muddy the waters with all sorts of number lock key board this and that answers BS answers. Put-up or shut-up! You either know the answer to the problem or you don't, and you don't if you haven't experienced it. It's annoying, frustrating and shows just how far Microsoft hasn't come.

The underlying problems with losing ctrl C ctrl V arise with eithe;r Java and/or Skype, or both. 1) Skype updates knock out the control C control V function, usually with the BS click call, it's not compatible with windows 7 and has a number of conflicts that Skype, although they claim to have patch fixed, have not solved. Even their click to call conflict patch doesn't work, an error message comes up on the download no matter where you get it from. 2) Java has conflicts with Windows 7, control panel type in Java,go to updates, if the update doesn't work you will have to remove and restore Java. It has comp 3) You can sometimes solve the problem by force switching-off your computer, without going through the normal sequence, then starting it in safe mode, which may load any missing files that have been knocked out by the aforementioned Java and Skype. Failing this, and as a last resort, you're going to restore to factory restore, but remember, this will only work for a while, until Skype updates its system and bang you'll be down again. So make sure Skype cannot update, go into Skype tools, updates, turn-off automatic updates. I hope this helps. I've had the problem 14 times and lost the will to live going through the myriad of file,sequence,number lock,uninstalls,file/malware checks BS that's out there. Even Microsoft help doesn't list the problem. James

You'll finish up going to all sorts of forums and none of the geeks or pseudo geeks have much input. Forget even the retore poin
You have made an update, installed a new software, or have gotten some malaware that has disabled your (Ctrl/Shift/Alt) key. You get them working again, by going into the control panel of your Operating System (2000, XP, Vista) and disabling your keyboard manually and then starting-up again. Here's how you do it:


01. Go to Settings ---> Control Panel ---> Performance ---> System.

02. In the System dialog box, choose Hardware.

03. Go into Device Manager.

04. Find Keyboard in the list.

05. Click on Properties.

05. Disable the Keyboard.


Now you must restart your computer. When it starts up again, it will automatically recognise your keyboard as a 'new' device and re-apply the drivers from your XP operating system, as they were before you got them messed up.

It will again ask you to restart. Click yes. When your computer starts up again, it will magically restore whatever keys that got stuck, or wouldn't work. Tada!
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