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Solved: Problem with laptop keyboard-types wrong letters and symbols, and pulls up sh

Question: Solved: Problem with laptop keyboard-types wrong letters and symbols, and pulls up sh

I have the Gateway NE56R12u 15.6-Inch Laptop
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1

A few drops of water was spilled onto my keyboard (I don't think the water got down into the laptop... as far as I could tell the water landed on top of the keys, but I could be wrong) and when I went to clean it, I didn't think ahead and turn it off before cleaning up the spill. So many keys were pressed and now the keyboard is not functioning correctly. When I press the majority of the keys, they will either add other letters/symbols, or they will trigger Windows shortcuts.

As an example..
B = "B (it also brings up the right click menu) (this will also bring up this: symbol as well as times)
O = 7i7o0
L = *L{YK

M = HM

k= yk*

j = brings up googlechrome downloads

i = takes curser to the start of the text

The space key types b ' and brings up the right click menu.

7 brings up the "open file" shortcut

and so on

Some keys are working properly: a c d e f g q r s t v w x z

I browsed google a little to see if anyone else has had this problem. A big fix was pressing the FN button and the NumLock at the same time. That didn't work. Which, I doubted it would since my laptop has a full keyboard.

Is it possible that it's stuck on some sort of sticky keys or toggle keys setting?

I don't know if this is a software or a hardware issue, but using the onscreen or an external keyboard (which I'm using right now) works fine. It's only the built-in keyboard where this is a problem.

The keyboard always brings up the same results, except for B which varies at times.

The built-in mouse works fine.

I've done a restart as well as a reboot, neither fixed the issue.

  • dustyjay



    Jan 23, 2003



    It is very likely a Keyboard problem. It is possible that by trying to wipe the spilled water up it pushed it deeper into the keyboard. You should have turned the laptop off and left it to dry in front of a room fan for a few days before trying to turn it back on. You can still try that in case there is still moisture present.

  • Shadowsden89

    Thread Starter


    Aug 26, 2007



    I woke up this morning and my laptop is back to normal. I'm not sure if there was a tiny bit of moisture that finally dried out or if leaving it shut down for several hours reset something, but the keyboard is working fine, I'm using it right now.

  • dustyjay



    Jan 23, 2003



    Hopefully it is back to normal for good :)

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