FIX: laptop goes to sleep while typing

I was having an issue for months now where my laptop goes to sleep while typing.

It was driving me crazy, but now I’ve found out why this was happening it actually made me laugh.

A few things I thought of what it could be:

  1. Outlook crashes?? And my laptop goes to sleep.
  2. I press a hotkey while typing.
  3. Windows 10 sucks?
  4. Dell laptops suck!?

I was able to use an USB keyboard without issues. At home I use a Razer keyboard and at work I could usually find an USB keyboard, but it was one of those Mondays again where everyone is at work and grumpy. I couldn’t find a keyboard so I my laptop went to sleep every 15 minutes…

I googled some, and probably the same as you: Laptop going to sleep while typing

I found an interesting article on the page.

especially this post from GHCMillard:

“I’m a computer repair technician and suddenly one day I started having the same problem, 9-12-2011 in fact.  I tried everything, reloading the computer, flashing the bios, changing all settings to never sleep, and none of them worked.  I was still having the same problem with my computer going to sleep in the middle of my typing, all random of course, i could type a paragraph or only a letter, and suddenly wham it would go to sleep.  I was very frustrated, so I sat down for an hour and thought about anything that had happened that day to try and figure out what might have happend.  I didn’t want to think the worst (bad motherboard).  It took me a bit but it finally hit me.  I had bought this pretty new braclet that day, one of those magnetic ones that are supposed to help with arthritis and carpol tunnel syndrom. 

As a computer tech i felt very foolish because as any of us in the field will tell you computers + magnet = trouble.  I didn’t think anything of it when I bought it and had already forgotten I was wearing it.  Bingo, took it off about 10 minutes ago and I’ve been typing like a mad woman every since.  No problems what so ever.  Just thought I would throw this out there in case you might just be wearing said kind of braclet.”

My lovely girlfriend bought me one of those Josh bracelet for my birthday! Problem solved woehoe!! an I issue I’ve been having for over a year! No more typing and laptop going to sleep…

Bracelet for reference:

laptop goes to sleep while typing
laptop goes to sleep while typing

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My name is Bas Wijdenes and I'm working full time as a services engineer. In my free time I like to write tutorials about computer problems I encounter on a daily basis. The main reason I started my blog is, because I wanted to work on my English vocabulary.

4 thoughts on “FIX: laptop goes to sleep while typing”

  1. Same exact issue over here. Turned out to be a fitbit the user was wearing. Similar situation too- Dell laptop, Windows 10, USB keyboards worked but using the laptop keyboard put it to sleep.

    Thank you for posting this!

  2. Oh wow, I was having this exact same problem with my work Dell laptop and upon reading this realised it was the magnetic strap on my Apple Watch putting it to sleep! Thank you!

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