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Windows 7: Typing Lag in Windows 7 applications

05 Feb 2012   #1

Windows 7 64 Bit
Typing Lag in Windows 7 applications

Frequently--and growing more frequent--I get a lag in typing in Windows 7 for any application involving typing (browsers, Office, email....anything). At first nothing happens, and then everything I tried to type shows up several seconds later, sometimes as long as 20 or 30 seconds later, though usually with the first few letters missing. There is no constant lag, i.e., after the initial problem, things work fine for minutes, hours, even days, and then it will do it again some time down the road. It seems fairly random. It's not every time I start any particular application, and sometimes it will happen several times within an hour while other times it will go days.

My PC is a desktop with logitech wireless keyboard and mouse, so this is not a laptop touchpad problem like many I've read before. And before anyone suggests, it is not a battery problem. I've changed to fresh batteries and the problem occurred minutes later.

I've read other similar posts and their answers, but most all have involved laptops and touchpads which do not apply in this case. As far as I can tell, there hasn't been a recent thread covering this. Any advice? Thanks in advance.

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05 Feb 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

First, have you done a recent virus and malware scan?

Second, what applications/services are running in the background (ie, what programs/services start at Windows startup)?

Third, does this happen when you use a wired keyboard and mouse?
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05 Feb 2012   #3

Windows 7 64 Bit


Thanks for taking the time.

Malware/virus: check. Doesn't seem to be the issue unless I"m not detecting something

Startup: I try to keep it pretty clean, but there are a few: Logitech setpoint, rocketdock, display fusion (multi monitor manager), AMD hydravision, windows sidebar, AMD catalyst control, adobe reader and acrobat manager, realplayer updater, adobe gamma loader. I've tried multiple times to kill the realplayer and adobe helpers but they always come back.

Haven't tried a non-wireless keyboard. I don't actually own one.
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05 Feb 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

I'd start by using msconfig. Hit the orb, type msconfig, and run it. Go to the startup tab and untick sidebar, reader and manager, realplayer, gamma loader. BTW - who actually uses realplayer anymore?
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05 Feb 2012   #5

Windows 7 64 Bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kegobeer View Post
BTW - who actually uses realplayer anymore?
Really? I prefer it over pretty much anything I've tried. I haven't tried a huge number of things, but several. Hopefully you're not one of those iTunes devotees. iTunes is awful.
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05 Feb 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

I use iTunes, but only because I buy most of my music from them. I'm not much of an audiophile, so I'm happy with WMP or iTunes for basic music playback. On my HPTCs I use XMBC for all of my media playback, connected to one of my several Onkyo receivers + 5.1 or 7.1 speaker setups.

I've never liked realplayer, mostly because of the annoying startup and other apps that got installed along with it. I stopped using it over 10 years ago, after I discovered Winamp.

Anyway - use msconfig to disable those unnecessary startup applications and see if it helps.
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