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"Ridiculously slow keyboard" mode

  1. #1


    Posts : 20
    Windows 8.1

    "Ridiculously slow keyboard" mode


    My computer, running Windows 8.1 Pro, sometimes goes into an "extremely slow keyboard" mode. There is a long delay between pressing a key and the character arriving in the application, and there is a limit of one character every 1 or 2 seconds to the rate at which characters arrive in the application. This means that a long queue of characters that I have typed but which have not yet appeared in an application can build up. If I move the cursor to somewhere else on the screen, including into a different application, that is where any characters still in the queue will eventually appear. As you can imagine, this makes the computer completely impssible to use. I have not yet discovered a good way of recovering from this situation. Strangely other things (like moving the cursor and selecting words) don't seem to have slowed down significantly. Can someone explain what is happening in this situation? Can anyone sugggest a cure, or a work around? At first sight this must be an operating system problem, and gives the impression of an operating system designed by people who don't know what they are doing...

    Thanks - Rowan

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  2. #2


    I am not an expert by no means. Student at a technical college. Saw you have not had a response, so I thought I would try and help.

    Try using another keyboard via USB connection and see if it still does it. If it still does it then your original keyboard is not the issue. Next, I would look at the driver in device manager to see if it is the problem. You can always update the drive, or uninstall and re-install it.

    I found this, but have never tried it. Slow Keyboard Typing Response on Windows 8

    Then there is always the chance of malware.

    Let us know the results.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 20
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks for your reply.

    In my case Filter Keys was not turned on.

    I did discover though a service that was taking 100% of CPU time (according to Task Manager). Having killed this, things are better. In time we will find out whether this is a permanent cure or not...

    Thanks - Rowan
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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