Dell laptops suck.

Okay, maybe the title is a bit over-the-top, but they’re the only ones I’ve seen that get this very odd problem.

At the company I work for, we have about 10 Dell laptops for the employees to use to do their energy audits and such. We have a few other laptops (Lenovos and Acers) laying around, but that’s unimportant. What is important is that two of the 10 Dell laptops developed a very strange keyboard lag. And one of them is just plain dead, but that’s also unimportant.

“Keyboard lag?!?!?,” you say? Yes. This is the problem: while typing, the characters on the screen would severely lag behind the keyboard keystrokes. So much, in fact, that they were practically unusable. The good news, though, is that there is a free, albeit not so great, solution to fix it.

Dell Vostro 1000 Keyboard LAGGZZZZ

Now, I’m not sure what the hardware problem behind this is, but to fix it, all I had to do was remove the battery. That’s right. Removing the battery from the laptop, and running it solely off the power supply, cured the keystroke lagging problem. Battery alone, lag. Battery plus power supply, lag. Power supply only, no lag.

Because of this cure, we now have two not-so-portable laptops at my office. Would purchasing new batteries fix the problem? Possibly. To test this, I’m probably going to end up attaching the battery from the dead Dell laptop up to the laptop with the keyboard lag, since they’re the same model. I actually didn’t think about that until just now. Once I perform this test, I will let you know the results.

And, oh yeah, the two models that are afflicted with this disease are different, and like 2 years apart. So it’s not just the model, it’s Dell.

Until next time…

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