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11. Posted by mtlgal (Full Member 1179 posts) 11y

Quoting Travel100

Wow, you're having a rough week, between the "tulip" and the "space bar problem." Sounds like its time for a new keyboard to me.

RoughWeekIsAnUnderstatement.ThisIsJustTheTipOfTheIceburg.I'veBeen
HavingARough2005!IHadACarAccidentInJanuaryThatI'mStillRecoveryFrom,
AndICaughtAMysteriousVirusOfSomeSortSoI'veBeenSickForTheLastMonth!I
WentToSeeAGastroenterologistTodayWhoOrderedATestCalled"Gastric
Emptying";IDon'tKnowExactlyWhatItInvolves,ButItDoesn'tSoundPleasant
AndISureAmNotLookingForwardToIt!

12. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 11y

Gee, that sucks, although the posts are kind of amusing

But seriously, you need a new keyboard - did some water spill on it by any chance? A temporary measure might be to copy and paste a space from somewhere else. Still a total pain though!

13. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 11y

I send you hugs!

Computer problems are the worst of the worst (when technology is concerned anyways), so I sympathize. The space bar thing happened to a friend of mine....he spilled soda on his keyboard and had to have it replaced. IN the meantime, he used the underscore "_" as a space. A little annoying to type all the time, but easier to read.

And I hope everything works out with you health-wise!

14. Posted by newguy (Full Member 197 posts) 11y

Try using a keyboard remapper for the time being.As with free downloads,do so at your own risk. Hope this helps - Keytweak

p.s.U can change more than one key into the 'space' key.

15. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

My space bar and keys stick every so often - causing the same type of problems. Mine happens because the keyboard is dirty - having collected dust, etc. under the keys and bar. I use a spay can of compressed air that has a narrow tupe to attach to the nozzle. Spraying between the keys and space bar blows all of the "guck" out and the problem is solved (until it's dirty again).

Is it your home or work computer? If it's a work one - they may just have a can of compressed air in the supplies cabinet. Ask around. If it's you home one - any place like OfficeMax, Staples, etc. will carry the stuff for about $3.00/can. It will last awhile. I use it to blow out my computer components when I do a routine cleaning. Depending on the keyboard, you should be able to remove the keys and space bar. If so, remove the bar and see if something has gotten stuck in there - scrap of paper, cookie crumbs, lemon curry...

It is rather funny reading your posts though! Oh, I've even found an earwig crawling around under my keys one day. Removed a key and he climbed out. And, a little spider just tried climbing on them as I'm typing this - he's been relocated to the great outdoors. (He just stopped by to say hi to you Viv!)

16. Posted by mtlgal (Full Member 1179 posts) 11y

Thanks_for_all_the_tips_y'all!I'm_trying_out_the_underscore_thing,
what_do_you_think?better?I_do_have_a_habit_of_eating_in_front_of_my_
computer,so_I_wouldn't_be_surprised_if_things_are_growing_under_the_
keys.In_fact,my_keyboard_is_partially_transparent_and_I_just_flipped_it_to_check;indeed,it's_harbouring_quite_a_lot_of_crumbs(DAMN_THOSE_
SPACE_CAKES!!_Joke),but_no_creepy_crawlies_as_far_as_I_can_see,thank_God!

How_do_I_take_the_keys_off_for_a_cleaning?Sorry,I'm_clueless_when_it_comes_to_computers.

17. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

Viv,

i would suggest going with Isa's idea of using a can of compressed air. Then you don't have to mess about with taking keys off.

As an engineer, my advice is to pick up your keyboard, shake it vigourously and then throw it against a wall. This highly secret method has been known to clear nearly all types of faults. Also, swearing at it a lot helps.

18. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Quoting daveh

my advice is to pick up your keyboard, shake it vigourously and then throw it against a wall... Also, swearing at it a lot helps.

Does this help for other work-related problems? Like loud co-workers?

19. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 11y

Quoting mtlgal

How_do_I_take_the_keys_off_for_a_cleaning?Sorry,I'm_clueless_when_it_comes_to_computers.

You just pry them off. It's best to use a key or something or you will damage your nails.

20. Posted by mtlgal (Full Member 1179 posts) 11y

Quoting daveh

As an engineer, my advice is to pick up your keyboard, shake it vigourously and then throw it against a wall. This highly secret method has been known to clear nearly all types of faults. Also, swearing at it a lot helps.

Good_one_Dave!I_don't_usually_swear_though...Can_you_coach_me?
I'm_much_better_at_talking_dirty,would_that_work_too?