3 keys at ones, or 2 keys at once.

Discussion in 'Computer Software and Operating Systems' started by Westside, Feb 12, 2008.

  1. Westside

    Westside Sogdiana

    Dec 18, 2004
    Guantanamo bay
    on my desktop I can press up to 3 keys at once, but on my laptop, I can only press 2 at once, the third one will not respond. This is terrible for Emulated games, anyone know of any solutions? ZSNES 151 BTW.
  2. Javacat

    Javacat GBAtemp Fan

    Jul 27, 2007
    You could rewire the keyboard to support n-key rollover. Other than that, your best option is to just use a gamepad. Alternatively you could also go through all of the different key combinations on the keyboard until you can find setups that do let you use 3 keys at once.
  3. notnarb

    notnarb Not narbing it up

    Jun 18, 2007
    laptops have cheaper quality keyboards then a full fledged one, use the arrow keys, they are usually separated from the rest of the keys
    edit:on my old laptop, the f-keys were separated too, in case you need l / r
  4. Veho

    Veho The man who cried "Ni".

    Former Staff
    Apr 4, 2006
    Like Javacat said, try pressing different combinations of keys, you'll find that it does respond to certain 3-key combinations. It's just the way the keyboard is wired. For example, my keyboard can detect Q, W and A pressed simultaneously, but not Q, W and S (it ignores the S).

    This doesn't help your problem, though. You could customize the controls to include the key combinations that the keyboard can detect, but those are wildly impractical for gaming.
  5. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    +1 to people so far.
    Solution: a gamepad. Although I do not especially like PS2 controllers they are great for emulation as you can normally map a few choice commands to them and adapters go for about £10 US these days.
  6. Volsfan91

    Volsfan91 GBAtemp Regular

    Sep 3, 2006
    United States
    Some of the purists will disagree with me on this, but I have a wireless 360 controller for which I bought the PC receiver. I really like it.

    Also, if you don't already have one, consider spending the extra cash to pick up a PS3 controller. You could always use it if you get a PS3 later and it's really quite good for emulation in my experience.