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    Keyboard Question

    I play games on my PC. Now, sometimes I would like to be able to hit three keys at once (like w,e,d ). Problem is my computer beeps at me when I do that. So my question is, what is the cause of this.. is it something you can fix or is it just how the PC accepts keyhits.
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    It is probebly sticky keys or an equivlent to that.

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    Well what i mean is if i press any more than two keys at one time it will not accept them all.
    It only accepts 2 keys at once.

    I was just wondering if there is a workaround.

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    I can hit for example Ctrl + Alt + Del
    But for a detailed example... i want to be able to hit w + e + d. But it will beep at me.

    I would just REALLY like to know why it does this.
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    sometimes it can be the "buffer"

    go into control panel/other hardware/keyboard

    crank up the return rate

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    Nope, that wasnt it.

    It's like they literally cancel each other out and the littl mobo speaker beeps. All other comps i have tried do the same thing, just seems wierd.
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    I've come across this before (I think in allegro) and can't remember exactly but I believe it's how input is done in the program, sometimes it's the buffer used. I also vaguely remember a board post somewhere saying whether or not you can use 3 buttons at a time depends on the keyboard model itself. Sorry I'm not sure of myself, but I should have gone to sleep half an hour ago

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    throw this ? up at www.ocforums.com

    some of them are real ass's but you'll get the answer

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    there is a program to do that I belive. I was reading abotu that when I was getting my xbox to pc cable. Umm you could try googling it, but I am sorry I can't give any mroe help right now, I am busy (with school) and other stuff,

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    check your bios and see if there's something relating to the keyboard buffer that seems odd, or that can be tweaked to help you. I think this may be more related to your motherboard...I don't know of any windows functions that use w,e,d that it would beep about.
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    Something(probably a buffer) may be overloaded. Sometimes my computer will beep when it's overloaded, like when I'm playing Doom for a while and want to click the mouse button to fire. Perhaps the two are related, and this can narrow it down for you. My first guess of when my computer does it is something related to directx since I believe the game was written in that.

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    On older motherboards this issue can be seen quite frequently. However, on newer motherboards the circuitry has been modified slightly to circumvent these errors, since simultaneous keying is quite important in todays applications. If your motherboard is roughly new, you probably aren't restricted to this limitation. It is most likely your operating system or application you're running that's giving you this error. Sticky keys, buffer size, and repeat rate have been mentioned. There is also the factor of your keyboard glitching and sending more than 3 keys at a time. For instance, when you press control, your keyboard sends that control character 2 times, this can be due to sticky contacts on the keyboard.
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