When hardware looks like malware

When hardware looks like malware

Got a call from a client last week. He was concerned that he had some sort of strange virus or other serious software problem. He’d be typing some document, when all of a sudden what he’d typed would start disappearing, letter by letter. It would stop after a while, and then he could go on typing again.

Fortunately, I was able to solve this without wiping his computer clean and rebuilding it from scratch. I didn’t even have to take control of his PC remotely and fiddle with it. The solution: a new keyboard. His old one must have had some sort of short circuit that was equivalent of having a stuck delete or backspace key. (I never did figure out whether the letters were vanishing from right to left or left to right.)

If only my entire job were that easy ….

Posted in All, Hardware, Technology on Oct 9th, 2007, 12:39 pm by David Schrag   

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