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Windows 7: Caps Lock interrupting Games

16 Jan 2010   #1
Lou P

windows 7
Caps Lock interrupting Games

I've played several games on Windows 7 now. Every game I've played I have had problems when I hit the caps lock key. When I push it the computer goes back to the desktop and then two things will happen. I can't even go back to the game when clicking the icon on the taskbar or when I click on the icon the game will open back up within a window (instead of full screen).
The game that won't open back up is operation flashpoint: dragon rising and the game that opens in a window is assassins creed.
This doesn't seem to be a problem others are experiencing, because I can't find any information on the issue. Also I believe it's a Windows 7 issue rather than my hardware because it never happened when using Vista.

My setup:
OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Version 6.1.7600 Build 7600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Manufacturer Dell Inc.
System Model Studio XPS 1640
System Type x64-based PC
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU P7350 @ 2.00GHz, 2000 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date Dell Inc. A10, 7/23/2009
SMBIOS Version 2.5
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 4.00 GB
Name ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4670
Adapter Type ATI display adapter (0x9488), ATI Technologies Inc. compatible
Adapter Description ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4670
Adapter RAM 1.00 GB (1,073,741,824 bytes)
Installed Drivers atiumd64.dll,atidxx64.dll,atiumdag,atidxx32,atiumdva,atiumd6a.cap,atitmm64.dll
Driver Version 8.632.1.2000
Resolution 1920 x 1080 x 59 hertz
Driver c:\windows\system32\drivers\atikmdag.sys (, 5.76 MB (6,037,504 bytes)

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16 Jan 2010   #2

7 Ultimate x64

I'd check my keyboard settings to see what, if anything, cap lock may have been replaced with?
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16 Jan 2010   #3
Lou P

windows 7
Disabled notification

I used Regedit to disable the notification.
Go to:
KeyIndication value: 0

This fixed the screen notification but the Caps Lock still interrupts the game and goes to the desktop.

Any ideas on a fix?
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17 Jan 2010   #4
Lou P

windows 7

The keyboard settings only let me change the cursor blink rate and character repeat
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17 Jan 2010   #5

7 Ultimate x64

Does Dell have a keyboard driver that would give your more options? I've never heard of caps getting itself confused with alt tab?
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17 Jan 2010   #6
Lou P

windows 7

I'll look on dell's website, but from what I've seen on their website in the past I don't think they have any keyboard drivers or apps that allow for anything like this.
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17 Jan 2010   #7
Lou P

windows 7

I couldn't find anything from Dell. I guess for now I'll just have to disable the caps lock key.
I'm still open to ideas though.
Thanks for the help
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17 Jan 2010   #8

7 Ultimate x64

You could try binding the caps key to something ingame... like scoreboard or something non-essential to kicking keister.
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18 Jan 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit

Have you tried another keyboard? It's possible someone spilled something in yours and the keys up the left side are shorting out (or that it just got old).

Alternatively, have you checked to make sure that it's recognizing the correct LANGUAGE of keyboard? If it's not an English 10X key keyboard (with X being however many keys your keyboard actually has) as far as the system knows, it could be faultily assigning Caps Lock keystrokes to other keys, which could screw up how your games react.
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26 Apr 2010   #10


Hi, There are two things that do this I have heard of.
One is dell quickset, there is a long discussion and a solution here (setting one of the registry settings to 1):

I didnt have the above isssue, so cannot verify.

The other is of all things BTTray.exe. This is a bluetooth background process and if you kill it from task manager. The problem can also be solved. Totally beats me why a bluetooth manager decides to notify of caps lock... wtf. But killing the process actually solved this very annoying problem for me when i play Battlefield BC2 in Vista ultimate. Hopefully it works just as good in windows 7.

I also found the Bluetooth tray as a startup app in windows and removed it so i dont have to keep killing the process every time i want to play games. There is probably a registry setting for it somewhere. but couldnt be bothered looking for it. Who uses bluetooth anyway?
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