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During gaming, my keyboard will suddenly stop act weird: not registering new keystrokes but the ones already pressed will be "ghost" pressed. This happens for about 2 seconds before I hear a beep-beep-beep, with each note lower in pitch than before. After the noise, to fix the ghost presses, I have to re-press each key that got "stuck". During this time I can not alter my movement, use push to talk, or other important actions. It is happening surprisingly more often and I desperately need a fix.

I have not been able to reproduce the error, and no set of keys will cause it definitively (Keys that I am suspicious of are W, S, alt, and shift but pushing those will do nothing right now).

This is not a problem with the game, because I've had it happen while tying too.

Keyboard: http://www.apple.com/shop/product/MB110LL/B/apple-keyboard-with-numeric-keypad-english-usa
Operating System: Windows 10 (error also occurred on windows 8.1), not running boot camp.
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Originally Posted by xygynyyay View Post

During gaming, my keyboard will suddenly stop act weird: not registering new keystrokes but the ones already pressed will be "ghost" pressed. This happens for about 2 seconds before I hear a beep-beep-beep, with each note lower in pitch than before. After the noise, to fix the ghost presses, I have to re-press each key that got "stuck". During this time I can not alter my movement, use push to talk, or other important actions. It is happening surprisingly more often and I desperately need a fix.

I have not been able to reproduce the error, and no set of keys will cause it definitively (Keys that I am suspicious of are W, S, alt, and shift but pushing those will do nothing right now).

This is not a problem with the game, because I've had it happen while tying too.

Keyboard: http://www.apple.com/shop/product/MB110LL/B/apple-keyboard-with-numeric-keypad-english-usa
Operating System: Windows 10 (error also occurred on windows 8.1), not running boot camp.

So you're using Windows 10 on an Apple computer and you aren't using Boot Camp, meaning it's a clean direct install and there isn't an OS X/Apple OS installation?

Assuming the above:

1. Do you have the keyboard plugged directly into the computer's USB ports or through a hub or other port replicator?

2. Do you have any other USB devices plugged into the computer while this is occurring?

3. Try launching the event viewer in Windows 10 and looking at USB devices. (here's how : http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/open-event-viewer#1TC=windows-7)

4. Are you saying the W, S, ALT and SHIFT keys aren't working at all? Assuming yes, If you use a different USB port and nothing else is plugged in to USB, does this still occur? If so, return the keyboard to Apple for replacement.

5. As a last resort assuming everything above is true and you don't want to return the keyboard, you can try resetting the NVRAM. This may solve the problem if it's firmware-related. To do this, reboot the computer holding command + option + P + R and continue to hold those keys until the system reboots itself again and chimes loudly. (here's how : https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204063)
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Originally Posted by Tiberiusisgame View Post

So you're using Windows 10 on an Apple computer and you aren't using Boot Camp, meaning it's a clean direct install and there isn't an OS X/Apple OS installation?

Assuming the above:

1. Do you have the keyboard plugged directly into the computer's USB ports or through a hub or other port replicator?

2. Do you have any other USB devices plugged into the computer while this is occurring?

3. Try launching the event viewer in Windows 10 and looking at USB devices. (here's how : http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/open-event-viewer#1TC=windows-7)

4. Are you saying the W, S, ALT and SHIFT keys aren't working at all? Assuming yes, If you use a different USB port and nothing else is plugged in to USB, does this still occur? If so, return the keyboard to Apple for replacement.

5. As a last resort assuming everything above is true and you don't want to return the keyboard, you can try resetting the NVRAM. This may solve the problem if it's firmware-related. To do this, reboot the computer holding command + option + P + R and continue to hold those keys until the system reboots itself again and chimes loudly. (here's how : https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204063)

Alright, first off, I'm running windows 10 on a custom built PC, but I happen to still have a mac keyboard that I can't really afford to replace.

1. The keyboard is plugged directly into my motherboard's IO panel
2. I also have a mouse, microphone, and a flash drive occupying the other USB ports.
3. I'm checking this out right now, will edit if I find anything new. (fun fact, the keyboard had its funky problem while I was typing the "if" and the "I" in the previous sentence)
4. W, S, ALT, and SHIFT keys work perfectly fine 95% of the time, however, (I'm assuming those keys have something to do with it, but I can't say definitively) I will experience the problem mentioned in the first post. I recently switched the USB ports but the problem continues, further convincing me the problem might be in the drivers..
Edited by xygynyyay - 11/6/15 at 9:29am
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Originally Posted by xygynyyay View Post

Alright, first off, I'm running windows 10 on a custom built PC, but I happen to still have a mac keyboard that I can't really afford to replace.

1. The keyboard is plugged directly into my motherboard's IO panel
2. I also have a mouse, microphone, and a flash drive occupying the other USB ports.
3. I'm checking this out right now, will edit if I find anything new. (fun fact, the keyboard had its funky problem while I was typing the "if" and the "I" in the previous sentence)
4. W, S, ALT, and SHIFT keys work perfectly fine 95% of the time, however, (I'm assuming those keys have something to do with it, but I can't say definitively) I will experience the problem mentioned in the first post. I recently switched the USB ports but the problem continues, further convincing me the problem might be in the drivers..
5. yeah I wasn't really that clear in the first post but I'm using a PC :<</div>

I've never experienced these issues and I have used Apple keyboards on PCs before, but I definitely don't recommend it.

Try to grab the keyboard drivers from a Boot Camp driver bundle. Here's a tut : https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204923

Have you tried this on a different system and had the same result?
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Originally Posted by Tiberiusisgame View Post

I've never experienced these issues and I have used Apple keyboards on PCs before, but I definitely don't recommend it.

Try to grab the keyboard drivers from a Boot Camp driver bundle. Here's a tut : https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204923

Have you tried this on a different system and had the same result?

Just tried downloading the boot camp drivers, but "DRM" if you can call it that on the installer package noticed I wasn't running a mac mobo and refused to install.
I don't currently have another computer to try the keyboard on but I'll post if I figure something out.
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Originally Posted by xygynyyay View Post

Just tried downloading the boot camp drivers, but "DRM" if you can call it that on the installer package noticed I wasn't running a mac mobo and refused to install.
I don't currently have another computer to try the keyboard on but I'll post if I figure something out.

Sorry I can't be more helpful! The Boot Camp installer used to be extractable and you could install the drivers individually. Can you extract this installer or cancel the installation after it extracts and search for the driver specifically?

Alternatively, you may be able to use a program like Winrar to extract?
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Originally Posted by Tiberiusisgame View Post

Sorry I can't be more helpful! The Boot Camp installer used to be extractable and you could install the drivers individually. Can you extract this installer or cancel the installation after it extracts and search for the driver specifically?

Alternatively, you may be able to use a program like Winrar to extract?

I've been messing around with some of the other USB ports and I found out that the beep I hear is actually window's sound for when a USB is removed biggrin.gif I plugged it in and wiggled it a little bit and lo and behold it made the sound I've been hearing, so it must be some sort of faulty connection. I tried putting it in a more solid USB port and it's working better.

Thanks so much for all your help, I might have to find a way to tape the USB in but for now it's pretty solid biggrin.gif

ty <3:D biggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif
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Well then I'm happy and sad for you! Glad it's fixed but sad your USB port is all wiggly. I might suggest hot glue? It's temporary and holds well.
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