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I have two keyboards plugged into my computer, a Rosewill RK-11003 via USB and a Dell QuietKey RT7D5TJW via PS/2. Each computer works on its own, I was dissatisfied with the Rosewill for coding so I picked up the Dell at a Salvation Army the other day; liked the way it typed.

Anyway, the Rosewill is temperamental. Sometimes when I press the Alt key on the left side of the keyboard to do an Alt code (I often find myself needing Alt-130, é) it works, but normally not. The Alt key on the right side is almost always in working condition, I just seem to forget its existence.

On the Dell, both Alt keys work 100% of the time irregardless of the side. I just got it today, so I know that it's not "interfering" somehow.

My main question is this: why is the Alt key on my keyboard so tempremental on only one side of the keyboard when trying to do an Alt code?

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I would guess it's because the key on that side is flaky. (Hint: Try simply pressing it repeatedly about 100 times, to clean the "contacts".) (But it the KB is "well used" it could be that the key is worn out.) –  Daniel R Hicks Feb 25 '13 at 1:55
    
I'll return with results. –  DarkWolffe Feb 25 '13 at 1:56
    
Didn't work. :P –  DarkWolffe Feb 25 '13 at 1:58
    
And now that I start talking about it, I've noticed that the right one is doing it too. –  DarkWolffe Feb 25 '13 at 2:00
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I'm going to pretend to know what that is. –  DarkWolffe Feb 25 '13 at 5:07
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