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From a software point of view: I haven't installed anything new lately and I've closed down all the applications running on osx with no luck.Is there some way I can diagnose whether this is hardware or software? Can I boot to a command prompt and test it there? does osx lion include an on-screen keyboard that shows each key being hit? I suppose I could install a keylogger but that might not be conclusive.

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