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In my line of work, when on a computer I do a lot of CTRL C and CTRL V (in other words "copy and paste"). For the last two weeks I've been afflicted on my desktop [PIV/2K] by an inability of the first CTRL C to copy the highlit text (as evidenced by the CTRL V producing nothing - nil text pasted). A repeat CTRL C/CTRL V always produces the goods however. CTRL X (cut) always works at the same time.
A change of keyboards achieves nix and the problem doesn't occur on my Compaq Armada E500 Notebook. It's like taking up stuttering and stammering. Such a small and possibly insignificant glitch - but one that I find to be increasingly irritating. My desktop has no other such glitches (and it happens using either L or R CTRL key). Absolutely baffled why it should work on the second go each time. That tends to rule out any key intermittency. It has to be software.
Anyone come across this? Is it the result of a scratchy-patchy MS patch. Too late to do a System Restore - as it first manifested itself quite a while ago.
Isn't clipboard viewer part of windows - it's in XP as clipbrd.exe in the system32 folder. Strangely although it is selected as an install option I didn't have a shortcut to it in any of my program menus - but it's easy enough to add it and a shortcut is in my accessories menu.
The problem disappeared (along with a few others) after a recent MS Win XP patch upgrade debug fix.
More or less as I expected. It probably is worthwhile doing the error reporting "send" every time that your OS hiccups. Doubt that Microsloth would do anything about anything, if few enough people were going to that trouble.
It takes 2 or 3 CTRL C attempts (or right-click "copy") of highlit text on an Internet Explorer page in order to be able to CTRL V paste. It's only happening on a Dell Inspiron 8000 with all Win XP Pro updates except SP2.