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Going beyond the maximum keyboard repeat speed of windows / BIOS

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I am tired of the slow repeat and long delay of my keyboard settings, even when the delay is set to minimum and the repeat to maximum in both BIOS and Windows.
The minimum repeat delay is 250 msecs, and the maximum repeat speed is 30 chars / sec.
I would like 100 msecs or less repeat delay and about 60 chars / sec repeat.

Is there any way to do this?
A software solution would be ideal, but I am willing to break out the soldering iron, if that's what it takes.
I have formal training as an electrical engineer, so complexity is not an issue.

Shower me with wisdom.
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by:slink9
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No need for the soldering iron.  Try this - http://www.pbdr.com/ostips/keyrrate.htm
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by:magarity
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OK, I give up:  What do you do that you need the keyboard held down on a single key for so long that you need the repeat speed turned up?  Wouldn't copy-n-paste on a large block of text be even faster than a fast repeat?
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Boredom, maybe.
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by:klausen
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magarity : what I do ? -> powercomputing ;)
Well, I'm writing code, and occasionally needs to move the cursor arround in my document.

I already use bookmarks ctrl-arrow keys and different other keyboard shortcuts.

But moving the cursor around in the document, is often very slow (and I don't want to use the mouse).

That's why I want a fast repeat rate, and a VERY short delay and a VERY high repeat rate.

slink9 : The solution described on the page is not working - been there, tried that... :(

The 200 point are still out there...
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by:magarity
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Sounds like you need an editor that allows the 'page up' 'page down' 'home' and 'end' keys to move the cursor instead of just the view.
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by:setien
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slink9 : That only works in DOS. I know it was not specified which OS klausen uses, but I think it's a safe bet that it's not DOS - only.

magarity : I totally sympathize with klausen on the point - it's a general annoying limitation on PCs, and it's not a new editor he needs. It's a solution to upping the repeat and downing the delay.
I am very interested in this thread - I have been looking for a solution for a long time!
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Why are all of the abandoned questions being refunded all of a sudden?  Either I answered it or magarity did.  Wouldn't a points split have been more appropriate?
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