Esc and some F keys not responding

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Help and Support' started by onemanfreakshow, Mar 15, 2011.

  1. onemanfreakshow

    onemanfreakshow New Member

    Mar 15, 2011
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    Last night, without any reason, my F4, F5, F6, and Esc keys stopped working. It solved itself, but shortly afterwords it did it again, and even after two reboots I cannot get them to work again. I use hotkeys all the time in Firefox and elsewhere, and these are probably my most-used keys. They're very useful and not being able to use them feels really restricting. I don't know what caused this, but I do know that both times it happened I was browsing YouTube. I don't know if that's coincidental or not, but at this point I just don't care. I just want to know what's wrong with my keys and solve the problem. This is seriously the most frustrating issue I have ever had with a computer.
  2. MikeHawthorne

    MikeHawthorne Essential Member
    Microsoft Community Contributor

    May 25, 2009
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    Do you have a system restore point that was created before the problem started?
    If so try that.

    Try a different browser like Google Chrome and see if you still have the problem.
    I may be Firefox that initiates the problem.

    Try another key board if you have access to one to make sure the problem isn't mechanical.

    If nothing works try a repair install of Windows 7 as a last resort.
    It's pretty easy and only takes about 45 minutes.


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