My Mouse and Keyboard Stopped Working, but Work Elsewhere. How Do I Fix Them?

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I have an older Dell that has been upgraded to Windows 10.

The other night I ran a maintenance tool and turned the computer off  and on. When it came back on, the keyboard and mouse were not working. They connect by USB ports. When unplugged and replugged the computer acknowledges they are there. But I am unable to use the cursor or get any response from the keyboard in order to correct any problem.

The mouse works fine when connected to a different computer.

In your infinite wisdom…would you possibly have any ideas for me?

Several ideas.

I have a guess as to what happened, and a couple of ideas on what I might do next, were I in your shoes.

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Will Using an On-Screen Keyboard Stop Keyloggers?

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Will using the on-screen keyboard in Windows stop keyloggers?

The short answer is very simple: no.

I get a surprising amount of push-back on this, but the simple truth remains: while it might stop some, it’s nothing you can count on to be 100% effective.

Keyloggers are a form of malware that record your keystrokes so as to capture things like your login usernames and passwords so that hackers can then get into your accounts. Let’s look at the path of keystrokes from your finger to your computer to see the various ways your keystrokes can be intercepted and logged.

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Why Do I Have to Hold Down the “Fn” Key to Get Normal Letters?

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As i type right now, i have to hold down the “Fn” key just to get normal letters. I don’t know how it happened, but I’m on a laptop and the only way for me to get the “u,i,o,l,;,k,j,m,7,9,0,/,p” keys are to hold down the “Fn” key. It is purple on the lower left of my internal keyboard.

One of the compromises laptop manufacturers had to make to support a full-sized keyboard into the space of a laptop is the numeric keypad most keyboards have. What they’ve done is overlaid it “on top” of the regular alpha numeric keyboard.

The trick, of course, is noticing it, and then turning it on — or in your case, off.

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Help! My Shift key is stuck!

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Help! My Shift key is stuck!

Have you ever gotten so frustrated with your computer that you just start randomly pounding on the keyboard or perhaps a particular key?

Yeah, me too.

And that’s likely the source of the problem here. No, Windows isn’t getting even with you, though it might seem that way. It actually thinks you’ve asked it to do something.

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