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When I press and hold some key it's repeated random number of times, after that repeat stops and I need to release key and press it again to make repeat continue. If there's simultaneous sound playback and repeat is stopped, sound's stuck while I hold key with unpleasant drumming as if there's some audio problem.

This issue is reproducible in WinXP Safe Mode. On the same config under Linux there's no issue.

My config:

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  • PS/2 Logitech Keyboard
  • USB Mouse
  • WinXP Pro English SP2 with added Russian layout (WinXP loads via GRUB2)
  • Realtek audio drivers for AC97

I tried to reinstall WinXP, but this issue still reproduced ( -- even after clear install, only with XP-installed drivers. Should I consider BIOS update?

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Issue seems to be fixed (let's pray J) by installing latest version of motherboard BIOS, which is described at Asus site as "Fix the issue that PS/2 Keyboard may be unable to continuously input after resuming from S3." Hell, don't know what S3 means (

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"S3" is the technically precise term for when your computer is in "standby" mode. Here's an overview: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… –  Torben Gundtofte-Bruun Aug 5 '10 at 13:49

Sounds like a keyboard issue to me.

Honestly, the easiest and best way to test is to try another keyboard (preferably PS/2) on that machine. If it works, your keyboard is going bad. If not, then it may be something else (such as bad PS/2 or something else). You also may want to consider switching to a USB keyboard depending on your results of testing.

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