There are several reasons your keyboard could be slow acting. However, as you will soon see, there is one reason this will happen far more than any other reason. To understand what the underlying cause of a slow keyboard is, it is necessary to note a slow keyboard is not a keyboard problem; it is a Windows problem.
Generally, when a customer tells me their keyboard is slow, what I find out is the computer is slow to respond in many ways. Applications are slow to open. Web pages load slowly, the computer starts up and even shuts down slowly. When a number or letter on the keyboard is struck, there is a time lapse between when the key is struck and the letter pops up on the screen. Sometimes, nothing will show up on the screen. Then, a few seconds after 5 to 10 keys have been struck, they will all suddenly show up on the screen.
Keyboards Usually Don’t Become Slow
When a keyboard goes bad, usually it starts with one, or a few keys not working or working erratically. A more severely damaged keyboard may be dead altogether. After all, there are electronic parts inside a keyboard and so it is not at all unheard of for one to just die altogether. Still, their inner parts do not commonly cause things to just slow down.
In an older Windows operating system, like Windows 98, you could start your computer in DOS. If Windows was the problem behind your slow keyboard, you would be able to tell because it would be acting normally in DOS and slow again when you rebooted to Windows 98. However, in newer operating systems, even the DOS prompt is Windows driven, so you can’t tell by opening up a DOS prompt anymore.
It’s in the Windows
The bottom line is, a computer misbehaving in the manner described above, is usually either caused by malware, such as a virus or spyware, or there is registry corruption present in the Windows registry. So, if you have no spyware/virus protection, it is definitely time to get a virus/spyware scan. If the malware hasn’t gotten too tangled up inside your system, a spyware/virus scanner will take care of the problem.
Most times however, keyboards that are slow to respond are caused by registry corruption. Most computers today are equipped with spyware and virus protection as they should be. So, the next logical place to look is the Windows registry. Every computer operation performed in a Windows driven computer needs to be coordinated in the registry. When the registry is having problems, one of first ways it shows itself is through general computer slowness; even keyboard slowness.
The solution is to run a registry cleaner. Free scans with commercial registry cleaners are available so you can tell if it is a corrupt registry behind your PC’s malaise. There is nothing too drastic here. Registry corruption is becoming commonplace today. Using a good registry cleaner is easy and usually it will take of the problem that is causing your keyboard to be slow to respond.