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Posted: 6/16/2009 7:33:00 AM EST
Last night my home computer which is about 3 years old, started doing some weird things like typing all caps when the caps lock was off, and typing in lower case when it was on.. So, I rebooted (someone told me once, when all else fails reboot) and it booted fine, started running applications & the like-but my mouse and keyboard don't seem to communicate.. They aren't USB, they are the funky little plugs that have a name I can't recall right this minute..

What say ye, Arfcom computer docs?? I had a pc about 10 years ago do something similar and it was the Motherboard, if that's the case what will on run me?? It's an emachines I can't remember the exact model number but I think it was a W3052 or something like that..

Yes, I'm ready for all the let me google that for you links..



Link Posted: 6/16/2009 7:35:21 AM EST
If you have another keyboard and mouse I would try them first. Even if they are USB ones.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 7:36:12 AM EST
threaten it with violence.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 7:36:49 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/16/2009 7:37:22 AM EST by 2theLeft]
Originally Posted By delemorte:
threaten it with violence.


I tried that.. I have lots of baseball bats, but no extra keyboards or mice.. I even raided the supply closet at work..

Maybe I'll take the hard drive out, and shoot it..
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 7:37:08 AM EST
Most likely just a keyboard error. Try another one, they are cheap. (It is a PS/2 connector BTW)
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 7:37:35 AM EST
Easiest thing to try is to back up your data that you can and need to DVD or Removable Hard Drive and Re-Install Windows. See if that clears up your problem. If not troubleshoot further. There are other things you could try, but usually the time it takes to fix what is wrong, you could have just as easily re-installed the OS and had a nice clean PC to work with again. But that's just my opinion.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 7:37:58 AM EST
Originally Posted By JAKE-T-SNAKE:
Most likely just a keyboard error. Try another one, they are cheap. (It is a PS/2 connector BTW)


That's right-I remember them by thinking playstation2 but I'm too pissed to think straight..
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 7:38:30 AM EST
Originally Posted By SmilingBandit:
If you have another keyboard and mouse I would try them first. Even if they are USB ones.


...here ya go. Swap out "known good" for "suspected bad", and go from there. Try the simple stuff first.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 7:39:59 AM EST
Go buy a new USB keyboard. If the keyboard is the problem, you fixed it, if the PS2 port on the computer is the problem, you have circumvented it.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 7:42:13 AM EST

Originally Posted By SmilingBandit:
If you have another keyboard and mouse I would try them first. Even if they are USB ones.


Do this first.

Also, when was the last time you cleaned the inside of your PC? An excessive amount of dust/hair/lint/fur build up inside could be causing some interference.

Take the side off the tower (i'm assuming mini tower) and blast that shit out with some compressed air. Be sure to secure any fan blades with tape or toothpicks before the air treatment though.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 7:42:35 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/16/2009 7:43:06 AM EST by chrism101]
E-Machine = FAIL

I had an e machine and the mobo failed, then it was replaced and the ram failed, and it was replaced, then the power supply.

The only thing i had left after failures was the case and the intel processor.

Buy a cheap dell.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 7:42:46 AM EST



^^Try this^^
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 7:47:29 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/16/2009 7:47:53 AM EST by schizrade]
In before the Disciples of Jobs show up... lol
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 7:48:48 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/16/2009 7:49:14 AM EST by Lucidvizion]
Sounds like the chip that controls those ps/2 ports on the mobo is crapping out... circumvent it by swapping to usb keyboard and mouse.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 7:54:44 AM EST
Install Linux! :)

EMachines like to blow caps. Take a look at the MB and see if any of the capacitors on the board are bulging our leaking.

Link Posted: 6/16/2009 7:56:01 AM EST
1. Turn your keyboard upside down and shake all of the crap you can out of it.

2. Then (I'm not kidding) hold the left side of the keyboard 6 inches or so above your desktop and let it go; do this three or four times.

It sounds like your Caps Lock key is stuck, and the shaking/banging has a good chance of freeing it up. Laugh all you want, but it won't cost you a damned thing to try.

Link Posted: 6/16/2009 7:59:13 AM EST
Originally Posted By Dirty_Bits:
Install Linux! :)

EMachines like to blow caps. Take a look at the MB and see if any of the capacitors on the board are bulging our leaking.


Link Posted: 6/16/2009 8:07:08 AM EST
Originally Posted By schizrade:
In before the Disciples of Jobs show up... lol


I was raised on Macs.. But get that silver spoon yanked out of your mouth and you're stuck with an emachine..

Thank you everyone for you helpful hints, and for making me LOL!!
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 8:08:30 AM EST
Originally Posted By jeremy223:
Go buy a new USB keyboard. If the keyboard is the problem, you fixed it, if the PS2 port on the computer is the problem, you have circumvented it.


This exactly. the ps2 ports do go out.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 8:22:26 AM EST

Make sure your not activating Sticky Keys by pressing shift 5 times in a row.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 8:35:51 AM EST
Get a new USB keyboard and mouse at walmart for $15

Link Posted: 6/16/2009 8:42:24 AM EST
Originally Posted By jeremy223:
Go buy a new USB keyboard. If the keyboard is the problem, you fixed it, if the PS2 port on the computer is the problem, you have circumvented it.


This.

And clean it.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 8:45:41 AM EST

Originally Posted By Dirty_Bits:
Install Linux! :)

EMachines like to blow caps. Take a look at the MB and see if any of the capacitors on the board are bulging our leaking.


I'm an unabashed lover of Linux, but Linux evangelism is about as bad as the Mac guys who show up in every thread.

She likely has a hardware problem, of some sort. Were it me, I'd go buy a USB mouse and keyboard (should be all of $15 for the pair) and try that.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 8:47:25 AM EST
Originally Posted By KN:

Make sure your not activating Sticky Keys by pressing shift 5 times in a row.


My keys are sticky, have no doubt.. But it's not from pressing the shift key 5 times..

So, on my shopping list goes a usb mouse & keyboard..
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 8:48:53 AM EST
I know that PS/2 is not "hot swappable" and if you unplug and plug them in while they are on, you risk damage to your pc, and at the very least the connector, you could try sending it into whoever you bought it from, but the easiest and cheapest fix is to go somewhere that has cheap keyboards and mice and buy the cheapest ones, trying not to spend more than $30, together.

make sure they are USB too.
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