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Any way to stop MS Natural Ergo 4k from ghosting?

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redpill:
I'm guessing the answer is no but I thought I'd ask.

I use a Microsoft Natural Ergonomic 4000 keyboard at both home and work and I really like the keyboard shape & layout.  My only issue is that there are a number of 3-key combinations that simply won't work.  Most notably up arrow, left arrow, and left control can't be pressed at the same time, the third keystroke is always ghosted.  Is there any easy way to mod the keyboard to prevent this from happening?  Or is the inherent underlying mat layout mean I'm screwed?

Thanks for any tips.

bugfix:
I'd say buying a decent keyboard with at least 6KRO is all you can do.

redpill:
Thanks, I kind of figured.  It's a shame because I think MS got the shape of this keyboard just right, and then ruined it by putting such cheap internals inside.  Between this and discontinuing the trackball explorer, I don't think I can ever forgive them.

Lanx:
hey i've opened a few ms ergo 4k's and lemme tell you, they are not cheap, I counted at least 20 screws maybe even 40 screws on these things. The zoom button is just overly done but is immaculately made.

redpill:

--- Quote from: Lanx;293038 ---hey i've opened a few ms ergo 4k's and lemme tell you, they are not cheap, I counted at least 20 screws maybe even 40 screws on these things. The zoom button is just overly done but is immaculately made.
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Haha I've had the same experience after spilling a drink on one, I unplugged it quick, took it all apart, dried it out, put it back together, and voila.  Lots of screws indeed, but the design with the single mat of plastic domes is pretty underwhelming, in addition to the above referenced ghosting issue.

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