What is Keyboard Ghosting?

Keyboard Ghosting is a limitation of a keyboard when a single or several keystrokes are lost due to the inability of a keyboard due to simultaneous signals that come naturally from gamers because they press more than 2 and 3 keystrokes at a time. This generally happens with cheaper keyboards which are only made for normal users who are not going to use it more than simple shortcuts.

Keyboard Ghosting
Keyboard Ghosting

For example, if a user registers “Ctrl + C” in a Windows-based computer it copies the file/s. Similarly “Ctrl+Alt+Del” gives you quick access to Lock, Switch User, Sign Out and Task Manager. These special keystroke combinations will not work if the keyboard has a ghosting issue.

Gamers tend to press more than 3 keystrokes at a time like “W, A, S, D – for movement”, “Ctrl and Shift with W, A, S, D” and many more which vary from game to game.

Mostly, any keyboard, including cheaper one does support keystroke combinations up to 2/3 levels. But when it comes to gaming, those all fail, so better you invest in a high-end keyboard for gaming.

Is there any fix to keyboard ghosting?

Unfortunately, there is no fix to keyboard ghosting as this is a hardware-level issue. So the ultimate solution would be buying a new keyboard which is more advance or made for professional work.

Fortunately, there is a hack (but it is not a solution), try “On-Screen Keyboard” in Windows OS. It allows you a virtual keyboard to work around. But it is not a reliable fix. Just works.

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Comments and feedback

  1. Thanks Atul for the information on keyboard ghosting. I just experienced this issue with my dell KB216 which is a mutimedia keyboard, but I was using it for gaming.

    All the time I was just troubleshooting my keyboard settings and messing around with driver updates, nothing works. Later I came to know that it was not made for gaming and has some ghosting issue as you explained in above article. Really appreciate man for the information.

    • Thanks for sharing your experience Pishang, as I checked the keyboard model and found that, YES, it has ghosting issue, so you won’t be able to play games which require multiple keystrokes simultaneously. Buy a better keyboard if looking to fix the problem with gaming.

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