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I have an arcade cabinet. It's running windows 7. If you hold down a button too long, for instance maybe holding down a flipper button to hold a ball in place for a bit or maybe holding down a button to scroll through games fast, whichever. Anyway if a button is held down for maybe 10 seconds or so, all buttons stop working entirely and you have to shutdown pc and reboot.

Any ideas if there's some windows 7 setting that could be causing it?

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Hot keys in windows possibly?
Is it just certain keys?

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Well it's happened twice, both times I was holding down the same button. I haven't tested others.

What would hot keys in windows do?

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Its most likely a hot key problem then.
Is it mapped at a control, shift, windows button etc?

Basically hot keys is to map functions to buttons alt + f4 etc.

Theres also a option in windows to allow/disallow multiple key presses etc worth a look maybe.


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Is the button mapped to the right shift key? In win7, holding it down for a few seconds brings up the 'filter keys' dialog, which waits for a Yes or No button to be clicked. This may be happening in the background, so isn't visable on screen. Plug in a keyboard, and get the buttons in a game to stop working, then alt+tab through the active apps to see if the filter keys dialog is there.

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Is this like sticky keys? Can I just turn off sticky keys if it's on?

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Is this like sticky keys? Can I just turn off sticky keys if it's on?
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/windows-and-office/quick-tip-disable-the-sticky-and-filter-keys-in-windows/
Seems it can also be activated by quickly pressing the left shift key 5 times, which I didn't know about.

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Is this like sticky keys? Can I just turn off sticky keys if it's on?

Yup, look in the keyboard and accessibility options.

I think lol

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Ok so I checked the control panel and unfortunately sticky keys was turned off. So I assume it's not that. Or could it be that I'm holding it down and the dialogue is coming up asking if I want to turn it on? And I have to tell it no stop doing that? Any ideas?

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You can try a alt & tab or press windows key to go back to desktop and see whats running.

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Like when the keys stop working, alt tab and see if anything appeared on desktop?

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Yeah pretty much. Try and break it again :p
You could even try doing it on the desktop without the fe or emu running to see whats going on.

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Ok so I checked the control panel and unfortunately sticky keys was turned off. So I assume it's not that. Or could it be that I'm holding it down and the dialogue is coming up asking if I want to turn it on? And I have to tell it no stop doing that? Any ideas?
Yes, sticky/filter keys may be turned off, but you also have to turn off the dialog box that asks if you want to enable them. It tells you how to do this in the link I posted above.

  
 

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