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Alt+F Doesn't Work Correctly While other Alt+ Combinations seem to function OK

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When I press ALT+F on a particular Windows 8 machine, nothing happens.  If I want to evoke ALT+F capabilities, I have to hit ALT then F.  So I'll hit the ALT key, release, then hit the F key.  What bothers me about this is that I can hit ALT + E and it works just fine.  Only functions that rely on ALT+F are effected.  Something got changed somewhere but I'm not sure what or where.  

Any thoughts?
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Question by:Azra Lyndsey
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by:nobus
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did it work ok before?  if so, check what changes were made : installs, updates, or did you assign functions to keys?
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by:Azra Lyndsey
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It did at one point.  This is something that happened a very long time ago, I'm not sure what triggered it - I just decided to post about it today as I'm a bit tired of dealing with it and I've not been able to find a good solution to the problem.
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by:Azra Lyndsey
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Unfortunately, none of them really seem to apply.
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by:nobus
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depending on how long ago, a system restore can help
or running sfc :  http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/3047-sfc-scannow-command-run-windows-8-a.html
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by:Azra Lyndsey
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Sadly, this was quite a while ago, it's probably been over a year.
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by:nobus
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is this a laptop - try an external keyboard, and see if that works ok
for a desktop - try another keyboard, or try this keyboard on another PC
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by:Azra Lyndsey
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This is a laptop.  I've tried both internal and external keyboards.  So I'm confident that this is somehow a problem with the configuration of Windows 8.1
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by:nobus
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>>   I've tried both internal and external keyboards  <<  ok - but did you have the problem with both - or not?

you can try running sfc, or a repair install :
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/26095-repair-install-windows-8-a.html      Repair Install
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/3047-sfc-scannow-command-run-windows-8-a.html  SFC in WIN8
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by:Azra Lyndsey
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I think I can try this tonight.  Thanks.
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by:Azra Lyndsey
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I've tried both things as noted and the bug persists... ARGH!
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by:nobus
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what about my question?
>>  >>   I've tried both internal and external keyboards  <<  ok - but did you have the problem with both - or not?
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by:Azra Lyndsey
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I'm sorry - I wasn't clear there.  This is a problem on both internal and external keyboards.  I even tried a few other keyboards to make sure.
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by:nobus
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seems either the driver, or the os has been changed
try updating the keyboard driver
also the chipset driver can help

also - what system is this?
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by:Azra Lyndsey
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Windows 8.1 Update is the OS, the computer is an ASUS laptop and after checking all the drivers, everything appears to be the most up to date.  I feel like some kind of configuration has been changed at some point, but I can't figure out what that might have been.
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by:nobus
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>>  an ASUS laptop   <<  there are thousands - so, what model?

is a system restore to a date it was ok an option?
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by:Azra Lyndsey
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ASUS ROG G750JW 17-Inch, sadly, no, this has been a problem for a couple of years now - there's not any restore dates left for this!
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by:nobus
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ah -  leaving problems exist is always a bat thing...
try the method of adding another language :  http://www.thewindowsclub.com/reset-keyboard-settings-default-windows
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by:Azra Lyndsey
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Nobus, thank you for your input.  I tried the solutions found on that page and nothing seems to change the fact that if I want to do ALT+F I have to do ALT then F - can't hold down the ALT and F at the same time and have it work....

Sigh...
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by:Azra Lyndsey
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Ya, I think that's my only recourse at this point.
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it is a weird symptom though
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