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Wrong characters shown. Keyboard issue

Question: Wrong characters shown. Keyboard issue


My PC showed UK Keyboard after W10 installed, the only issue I found was that "@" showed instead of " " "
and vice versa.

To fix this I changed the keyboard to US Keyboard, as it had been until W10, that fixed the problem but when I reboot it reverts to UK Keyboard.

How do I fix this?



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Answer: Wrong characters shown. Keyboard issue

I presume that you changed the kb defaults in "control panel", "language".

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Hello guys, My oldies notebook Satellite Pro 410 CDT, with BIOS updated to v6.20, which I am trying to install as SO w98se. I have a few problems that I do not manage to solve:

1. I have formatted a HDD of 4.3 GB of a libretto 70 CT, in two partitions one of 814 Mb and other one with the rest. In the partition D, the major one I have copied all the drivers of 410 as well as w98se to proceed to his installation. These options I did it in the tower Pc with Partion Magic and the explorer of Windows XP.

Reinstalled the HDD in 410 CDT, the screen shows me the following message:

However much I have looked in manual there is not done any reference to this message, can they say to me that it happens?.

2. When I format the HDD in another Pc I must reserve an empty space in in order that it is a system do his copies in way of hibernation?. That is to say, in the Libretto 70 and 100, they save themselves 32 MB at the end of the HDD. All that I owe resevar for 410 cdt and in that place?.

3. When I start the portable one with a bootdisk of windows 98 without ramdisk, which allows me to load the most basic thing in MSDOS, I verify that the keyboard does not act as owes, that is to say, some keys they show on screen characters that do not correspond to them, others prove to be two or three simultaneously, others do not do anything supporting the fixed cursor, for example, if tou... Read more

Answer:Broken keyborad on Satellite Pro 410cdt? Wrong characters are shown


I?m not 100% about the point one because I have never seen such error message but I have investigated in the internet and somewhere has suggested that such error can appears because the booting partition was not activated or not active.

2.) I don?t think that you need to reserve any place on the HDD for the hibernation mode. In the hibernation mode all data and settings are saved to the local file. It?s a part of the OS.

3.) For me it?s not easy to say if the keyboard is wrong or only the software environment cannot detect the functionality of the keyboard buttons properly. To be sure if the keyboard works properly you should test it in the Windows OS

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I figured out how to do the French characters such as ? or ?, but i can't figure out the shortcuts for things such as ? or ?, even though the keyboard has buttons for them.

help? thanks.

Answer:how do i type the special characters shown on my keyboard?

I don't know if you can assign keys to the characters, but you can enter them
ANSI Special Characters

and for more than you ever wanted to know about character encoding
Character encoding - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

edit: This is probably a better reference - scroll down the page to see all ASCII chars

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My keyboard now displays @ when I press shift/double quotes and the opposite when I press shift/at sign.

Where do I go to check what keyboard options have been set up during the upgrade.



Answer:Wrong characters with keyboard

daniellouwrens said:


My keyboard now displays @ when I press shift/double quotes and the opposite when I press shift/at sign.

Where do I go to check what keyboard options have been set up during the upgrade.



No problem, I have found it.

Click on the Language bar and the options of Language and keyboard come up, they had been changed.



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Hi - I'm using Vista Business.

When using an office program, certain characters do not show up correctly. For instance the '@' symbol (shift+2) shows up as quotes.

Here's the strange part. I can type normally in notepad. This suggests that there's a setting in Office??

In either case, I tried changing Vista's language settings by right clicking the taskbar -> toolbars but the 'languages' toolbar does not appear. In other words, i don't have any other languages installed.

Anyone have any ideas how to fix this? Any help would be appreciated!


Answer:Wrong Keyboard Characters

Shift+2 for quotes is UK (maybe others)

I have just had a look in Excel and you can change the language for office (excel in this case)

Excel options --> Popular Tab --> Language settings --> Primary editing Language

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In my Notebook when i press some buttons i see letters and numbers  for ex. when i type K  it types 7K and J types J8 . is anyone got this problem before? Please help Thanks Bassem

Answer:keyboard typing wrong characters

It is necessary for you to replace the keyboard.It is not sending the correct signals to the motherboard. Yes, even a notebook computer has a replacable keyboard.It's a job best assigned to a qualified computer technician, to find and order a compatible keyboard, and to disassemble the laptop far enough to be able to swap the keyboard.  

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Hi tech support, installed windows 64 professional and some characters are not in the right place, @ and " are opposite, # is where the pound character
etc, installed three types of keyboard plug and play and USB and ergonomic with software all the same problem,any advice what to do???

Answer:[SOLVED] keyboard wrong characters

Either you are in a Non-US English location and have the US layout, or vice-versa
US Shift+2 is @
UK Shift+2 is "

Control Panel | Language and Regional Options
On Regional tab, select the correct language for your location.
Click the Languages tab, then click the Details... button
Select the correct Default input language. This should also install the correct keyboard
Under Installed services, if the incorrect keyboard is shown, click the Add... button
Select the language and layout, and click OK
You can remove the other keyboard if needed. Helps to keep it from getting switched back accidentally.

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My keyboard is typing correctly in Word but types nonsense when I type in either a browser window or in my email. If I type a web address in Chrome, Explorer or Firefox it comes out as random letters, symbols and numbers and the same if I try to type an email in yahoo or gmail. As I say, it is fine typing in Word. Any ideas gratefully received.

PS I have been into Control Panel and made sure regional settings and keyboard setting are for English (UK)

Answer:Keyboard Typing Wrong Characters

Is this a laptop and is the "Num Lock" on?

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My keyboard was working fine and then it start to type the  wrong characters, eg, when I hit the "0" I get "/"  My computer is a Lenovo G530 MT 4446 How can I fix this? Please help!

Answer:Keyboard Typing The Wrong Characters

I have a Yoga 2.  My problem seemed to occur after having problems with Verface. 

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Well, my computer is an Acer Aspire PC running on Windows Vista Home Premium, but when I try to type things, my keyboard will type in a completely different symbol. For example, in most programs, instead of an apostrophe, Ill get è instead, or if I want to use square brackets, Ill get ^^ç. It wont happen in Microsoft word, but it will happen when Im on the internet, or using the search function in my computer.

Here's what the Keyboard driver window keeps telling me:

Under general tab:

HID Keyboard device

Device Type: Keyboards
Manufacturer: (Standard keyboards)
Location: on User human interface USB device
Device status: This device is working properly.

Under Driver Tab:

Driver provider: Microsoft
Driver Date: 21/06/2006
Driver version: 6.0.6001.18000
Digital Signer: microsoft windows
If anyone out there could help me, It would be much appreciated! Thanks!

Answer:Keyboard types wrong characters.

I am not 100% sure but I had the same sort of issue with Windows XP. My freind sorted it and it was to do with the language that the keyboard is set in. My issue was all the time though and not just certain programs.

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i formated my hard drve and reinstalled xp
now my keyboard types some characters wrong for example: " and @ are the wrong way around

anyone know what is wrong?

thank in advance

also sorry if this is in the wrong place or has already been answered

Answer:Keyboard displays wrong characters

in the control panel click on the k/board icon and check it is set for usa key board

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I have tried changing the language settings in control panel but it is already on english us

There doesn't appear to be an issue with the fn keys
This post was very hard to type

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Hi,Have just purchased a new PC & I'm running XP on it, but have noticed a strange, and annoying problem with keyboard. Every time I type an @ symbol it displays a " and vice versa. Any idea what could be causing this & if there is a fix?Thanks in advance.

Answer:Keyboard displaying wrong characters

Assuming you have a standard 'qerty' boardIt has been set to USA configuration.Go to Control Panel/Keyboard and select UK configuration

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A few days ago my Sony TR3 XP SP1 portable began jumbling or mistyping characters entered from the keyboard. It does this in all text areas (Word, shortcut names, file names, messages, dialog forms, etc. The errors ae not random, for instance "5" is always substituted fo "i" - although I have not checked this from session to session. Any solutions or suggestions on how I can correct this problem, or how it might have befallen me would be helpful.
TIA, fallingrock.

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When I type some characters the wrong one appears. This is not consistent. It has caused me to get locked out of accounts because wrong passwords are entered. I have tried different keyboards with no success. Drivers are apparently up to date. I am running Windows 7.


Control Panel - Regional settings and languages - set to the langauge of your choice (English UK?)
If it keeps changing to English US then delete the option English US

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Hey, i run XP and am having an issue with my keyboard not inputting the correct character on certain keys when shift is held down. This same thing happens when i use either keyboard a basic PS/2 and a USB Steelseries Merc Stealth which i install drivers for.
Some examples of the problem are pressing shift + 2[top row] should input " but inputs @ : Shift + 3 should input pound sign but instead inputs # : shift + @ should input @ but instead inputs "
I have tried removing all my drivers through divice manager and rebooting letting xp reinstall ect, removing all my usb keyboard drivers and software and reinstalling ect still the same issue with both keyboards, exactly. At first i thought that because i am based in the UK and my USB keyboard is from the US that was the issue but its the same problem with my standard PS/2 keyboard which got me thinking that it can only be somthing related to XP or some settings in XP.
Any help as always welcome, thanks in advance.

Answer:keyboard inputting wrong characters

It looks like your keyboard layout is for US.Change it to UK:

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I have a logik keyboard for pc and this what my keyboard gives instead

q gives `
w opens 'help' box on whatever programme is open
r gives 5
u gives 6
I gives =
p gives -
g gives b
h gives n
; gives '
' gives /

how can this be solved?

Answer:Why is my keyboard typing wrong characters

This might help you out!

How To Fix A Keyboard With Wrong Characters

Good luck and let us all know how the repair job went!

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One of my networked machines (XP Pro) has a keyboard problem. The @ sign and the quotes are reversed and also the £ and # key type incorrectly.I have checked regional settings and all is fine.Does anyone know of any other settings where this can be corrected. I would be very grateful for any help.

Answer:Keyboard typing wrong characters

Are you sure the Regional Info is correct?If you have changed it have you rebooted it?Sounds like the US keyboard drivers / settings at install instead of UK.

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I have a Dell latitude Cpi A laptop running windows xp and the stock keyboard types wrong letters example: When I press the p key it shows the number 4 on the screen. How do I fix it?

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My keyboard was working fine and then it start to type the  wrong characters, eg, when I hit the "0" I get "/"  My computer is a Lenovo G530 MT 4446
How can I fix this? Please help!

Answer:Keyboard Typing The Wrong Characters

Try the fix in this link if you haven't already......3 Ways to Fix a Keyboard That Has the Wrong Characters - wikiHow

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My daughter's keyboard on Windows XP will not type the @ symbol, it types " instead. Please help me get this corrected. She has changed the language input to English United Kingdom and also tried English USA. None of these changes fixed the problem. All advise will be appreciated, thank you.

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After getting Windows 10 on my Split x2 ultrabook the keyboard would not respond to the proper characters. There is no num lock key on this keyboard so I could not test if that was the issue. For example when I type 'jump' on the keyboard I get 6ny=.

Answer:Keyboard on Split x2 Ultrabook uses wrong characters

Hi @paress88, Welcome to HP Forums! I have read your post and wanted to help. I understand that after upgarding to Windows 10, the keyboard is not working properly. What is the product number of your laptop?HP Notebook PCs - How Do I Find My Model Number, Serial Number or Product Number? Try the following link:Wrong characters appear when typing, changing keyboard language, or DvorakLet me know if it helps. If this helps you to reach a solution, please click the "Accept as Solution" button down below in this message. If you wish to say "thanks" for my effort to help, click the "thumbs up" to give me Kudos.  Regards, 

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On my old computer, any keyboard i use on it has this problem. When you press shift+2 you get ampersand - @ and when you press ampersand button with shift you get inverted comma - ".It happened with old keyboard so i bought a new one (it was knackered anyway) and it still happens. Any ideas? I would imagine this is a system setting of some kind. Is there a fix?OS: Winxp proAthlon 1 ghzLogitech keyboard and mouse

Answer:keyboard buttons displaying the wrong characters

The regional settings are wrong - go to the Control Panel - Regional and Languga Options - Check through the variuos settings on the variuos tabs, and change them all to UK English.

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Hi there.
my keyboard is not making the right buttons. everytime i press 'u' it comes up with 4. i = 5, o = 6, p = -, and so on and so forth. the onlyway i can remove this is by holding down the Fn button inbetween Ctrl and Alt. how can i take this keyboard lock off for good?

feel free to email [email protected]

thanks for your time.


Answer:Equium L20 - keyboard creates the wrong characters


you have to press Fn + F11 to deactivate Numlock.


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I my laptop keyboard is now displaying incorrect characters after I cleaned it (just a wipe over with some window spray). I have bought a USB keyboard and am currently using that. For example:


Most keys are affected, even the enter/delete and number keys.

Any idea what is happening? Have I completely broken it?



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Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T5750 @ 2.00GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 13
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3069 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 226580 MB, Free - 71650 MB; D: Total - 11891 MB, Free - 2239 MB; F: Total - 305168 MB, Free - 228333 MB;
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Answer:Solved: Keyboard displays wrong characters

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hi all...i have some problems wi th my keyboard it happen when i want to type g it becomes 6g and h become 8h...had to use ext.keyboard for my daily use and it burden because i had to carry all the way i go hoping for some solution from all of you...

Answer:Aspire E15 E5-571G keyboard wrong characters

Hi,Try reinstalling the Keyboard driver, go to Device manager, expand Keyboards, highlight Standard PS/2 keyboard and right click, select Properties, go to Driver tab and uninstall, reboot and let Windows install the driver. HTH.

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Whenever i try to type something like I or O it would come up as a 5 or 6
5t w643d 3662 s60eth5ng 352e th5s
Translation- It would look something like this
I read somewhere about holding the FN key, and when i do hold it and press the letter I it would come up, otherwise it would be a 5.

Any suggestions?

Answer:Laptop keyboard displaying wrong characters

Turn number lock off

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I have a Toshiba satellite A300 installed with Vista. I have had problems with the following:

In order to type "Emily", I have to enter ["][spacebar][Emily]["][spacebar]
Quotation marks only appear after pressing the spacebar or typing in another character. Typing the single or double quotation marks, immediately followed by the letter will result in a special character like:
['][e] - ?
['][a] - ?
['][i] - ?
["][i] - ?
["][e]- ?.....and so on

How do I change this so that the quotation marks appear when I type them and that the special characters disappear? Please, please, please help me!

Answer:Vista - Keyboard displays wrong characters

change ur keyboard language to US
Instructions for Windows Vista

Click Start and then Control PanelIn Control Panel, if you are in Classic View, click on Control Panel Home (top left corner)Open Clock, Language, and RegionClick on Regional and Language Options.Click the Keyboards and Languages tab and then click Change keyboards.Under Installed services, click Add.In the Add Input Language dialog box, select the keyboard layout you would like to add from the list available and click OK.The keyboard layout you added will be included in the list. To set the new layout as your default, select it from the list. Click OK to save your changesYou can switch between different input languages (= keyboard languages) by clicking on the Language Bar button or by pressing the Alt + Shift keys

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There's a problem with my laptop keyboard. Whenever i'm pressing the button f it prints "fv" on the screen and same like that when i'm just pressing other keys like C it prints DC on the screen. I don't know what is that problem coz i have deleted its driver more than twice time and Reinstall it but it still happening. and i'm now using the external wireless keyboard and its working. And I already have set the Regional and Language setting but it still not working. Can somebody please help me by resolving that issue for me?

Answer:Why does my Notebook keyboard print the wrong characters?

Possible its not programming problem. Show your device to master.

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Hi,suddenly the laptop started typing wrong words. I checked keyboard layout, it was English US. I even tried Ctrl + Shift and Alt + Shift, but nothing is happening. If I type small letters it types Capital letters, sometimes the same type numbers....if I type 1,2,3,4 it types !,@,#,$ respectively. Even though Numslock is also on.Even I tried external USB keyboard in the laptop, it is the same problem. At last, even I formatted the laptop and installed windows 7 again, same problem.

Answer:laptop keyboard types wrong characters

sounds like your shift key is stuck..i hate computers!but cant help myself....

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Hi all,

I am having serious problems with my keyboards. when I press some letters like 'g b y t a' its generates wierd codes.

g = Dg GH`B'GN#
a = AS
y = YUI
b = NMB,N

these keep changing all the time, sometimes it just generates unending code and I have to hold down the backspace key for it to stop.

I have changed my keyboard from the original one that had a serial port to a new USB type but this has not solved the problem. Now I have both plugged in and have to use both to type as the keys that work on one do not work on the other.

I have started my computer in safe mode and done a full virus check, using mcafee and avg, i have even used housecall which is an online antivirus but this has not solved the problem.

I have changed my regional setting from UK to Us and back but this does not solve the problem.

I got remapping software anthis shows that all the keys are mapped correctly.

I have downloaded every microsoft patch but still with no joy.

I need some help please. frustrating typing with two key boards. appologies for gramatical errors, I just want to send this.



Answer:Keyboard, characters mixed up and wrong code generation

The 2 areas that affect keyboard mapping are;

Keyboard settings are in Control Panel-> Keyboard
Language settings are in Control Panel-> Regional and Language Options

Use only one keyboard at a time - a stuck key will/may cause both to appear errant.

A System Restore is also a possibility if this event had been recent.

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I have a new L500/02C notebook.

Bought in Australia.

When @ is pressed on keyboard " appears and vice versa.

How can I fix please ... R

Answer:Satellite L500/02C: wrong keyboard characters appears - " instead of @

In Control Panel- Clock, Language and Region, choose Eng (US) to see what happens

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I have been having with my keyboard Tecra A2;

when I type the key "e" I get this: 10:06 PM 7/27/2007;

when I type the key "a" I get 1za 1za 1za;

when I type "z" I get 1za 1ZA 1za and so on,

some keys are fine and I get the right letter. I already checked Regional settings and everything it is fine; I updated my BIOS and I did not work; I used CD's recovery and I did not work.
I went to Device manager and uninstalled keyboard driver and nothing; I reformatted my HDD drive and nothing; I have noticed that when I went to the BIOS and y tried to enable "FN" and I could not enable or disable; it is disable by default;
I tried FN+ F11 or F10 and I did nto work. What could it be?

Any help? Has anyone had the same problem?

Answer:Keyboard types wrong and weird characters on Tecra A2


sounds like a serious hardware problem. You can try the following to check if just the internal keyboard is making some trouble or your machine is malfunctioning: just connect a external keyboard (ps2 or usb) and check if you got the same error.

But nowadays you should bring your machine to a local authorized service partner for a hardware checkup because I think that your keyboard is defective and the hardware components of your machine should be checked.

Here?s a link to find the nearest local service point:

Good luck

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Keyboard "unlocks" and wrong characters are typed using QWERTY layout. Have tried changing language options with some short term success.

However languages changes quickly become "unlocked".
How do I fix this problem?

Advice please.
Thanks, Mike

Answer:Tecra A9 - Keyboard "unlocks" and wrong characters are typed


To be honest I have no idea what you are talking about.
If your keyboard layout does not match with the keyboard language, then you should change this and should add new language.

In such case you will be able to switch between languages using the shortcuts SHIFT+ALT

Of course you can also delete the other languages. In such case the SHIFT+ALT will not functions.

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Any help to correct this problem would be appreciated.
I don't know if this is a hardware issue or a software issue. Whenever I press certain letters I get a numeric stroke. For example:


The only reason I'm able to type this is because I've connected another keyboard up to the laptop.

Answer:Solved: Fujitsu laptop keyboard showing wrong characters

Most likely you have some kind of number lock feature on. It's so you can use the letters as you would a number pad on a standard keyboard.

Try to find a key on your keyboard labeled "Num Lock" and press it (you may have to hold down something like an "Fn" key while pushing the Num Lock button).

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I bought an M60 for my wife and she has complained that it is constantly skipping characters. I have found the same problem. E.g. typing URLs into internet explorer or composing emails, it will miss characters 10% of the time. I've seen a couple of posting about this in the forums.

Good old Dixons are refusing to refund the purchases as someone called me today to say that she can't see any problem with the keyboard.

Does anyone know a solution to this problem?

Answer:Keyboard issue on M60 (skipping characters)

Everyone who owns a M60 is suffering from this problem. The product should be recalled and this problem should be fixed. I don't think its a firmware issue as external keyboards work fine. Take it back to Dixons, get them to show you another one and make sure they type sentences and not just random keys. Also get them to compare to another notebook.

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I have an Acer s7-391. I have an issue with the keyboard repeating characters. I have seen that mentioned in other threads here but there was no topic dedicated to it so I figured I would start one. Typing on the s7 is a nightmare. Characters are repeated dozens of times in just a few paragraphs of typing. I chatted with Acer and their solution was a full system restore with no guarantee that it will fix anything. Unfortunately, that would take hours of my time since I would then need to set up my machine again after, reinstall all programs, etc. Does anyone else have this issue and, if so, did a full system restore resolve it? If not, any other ideas? The other option is to send it in for service but then I am without my laptop for who knows how long. PS: I had an issue with wifi dropping but that was fixed with the driver update.  

Answer:Acer s7 keyboard issue with repeating characters

I don't have this issue with mine so I suggest you send your leptop to service, probably for keyboard replacement. I am writing this reply with S7-391 and well, no repeating characters here...

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Last week, I bought my first laptop - a C660.
A few days after I bought it, I noticed that it was typing doubles of characters or missing characters out completely.
Now, it might just be that I'm adjusting to the keyboard, but I was wondering if there's been any problems with the keyboards?

Answer:Satellite C660: keyboard issue - doubles or missing characters


maybe, there is a keyboard hardware defect. Do you run Os with factory settings? otherwise, contact the service center. they will fix it for free.

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I've been getting emails from a person who sends it using her blackberry
and all the chinese characters in that email has been showing as ??? on my emails.
is this a problem of my hotmail account? or is it her input system?
i notice the same on my company emails i was thinking maybe it has to do with her input system but is there any way i could read it?


Answer:Chinese Characters shown as ??? in hotmail

You probably need to install the language pack.
Start/control panel/windows update.
Check optional updates.

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Last night, My MS Paint GUI went screwy.

It looks like it is out of Aero mode or something, but Aero troubleshooter found no problem & everything else is fine. I was having an issue with a video game for PC (full screen) which normally fiddles with the Windows theme, but I honestly dont know.

I dont like the adjusted look, and fear this is one of those simple problems with a insanely complex solution.

Thanks in advance, back later


This image shows what it should look like (Top) and what mine now looks like (Bottom).

Answer:MS Paint GUI wrong- Perhaps stuck in wrong mode- Example shown

I don't mean to insult your intelligence, but I have to ask because it's not mentioned: have you rebooted?

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I can log in to XP like normal on my laptop, but once I'm logged in the keys on the keyboard are all over the place. An M is an O a C is a 6. Anyone ever heard of this poblem and how to fix????

Answer:Keyboard characters don't type proper characters

well u probably messed up the keyboard mapping when u formated windows and the only way to change it back is to reformat again
search TF i answered something like this befor!

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I have an e system laptop.some of the keys have suddenly stopped showing correct symbols unless i hold Fn key down at same time.can anyone help?

Answer:keyboard issue.keys wrong

Do you have num lock on?

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 Hello Whenever i type a letter some window appears or the volume turns up or appears a lot of symbols and letters, what can i do?

Answer:Keyboard issue(wrong typing )

which model of lenovo you are using?

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Hi there,

I was working on a paper on my desktop when suddenly my e button and 5 button lost proper functionality.
Whenever I press the "e" button, it types 1e instead, and pressing the "5" button types y5. Holding either button down gives you 1eeeeeeeeeeeeeeee or y5555555555555, but pressing them repeatedly gives 1e1e1e or y5y5y5 for example.
This does not happen when I use the on-screen keyboard, as then e and 5 type normally by pressing the buttons with my mouse. I looked into language options and nothing has changed; I only have the US Keyboard. This typing happens in Windows Word, in Chrome, in start search and even command prompt. Also have Kaspersky running and I don't seem to have a virus. I have no idea why this suddenly started happening, but I'd like it go away ASAP so I can write my paper instead of it looking like som1ething lik1e this.

Any help would be appreciated!
EDIT: Okay, the problem went away by restarting my computer. But in case anybody knows why this happened, and to prevent it in the future, I'm sure people would like to know the answer (if there is one).

Answer:Keyboard types wrong character (not language issue)

Hi if it happens again try another keyboard. Could be the current one could be going bad.

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Hi, I bought a Lenovo Essential G580 on 15th May 2013. Everything was working perfectly until yesterday when my keyboard started to type random characters. I had just put my laptop to sleep on the night of 20th July 2013 and when I switched on the laptop on the evening of 21st July 2013 the keyboard started typing random stuff. There has been no spillage on the laptop as its safely covered on my table and I am the only one living in my room. Also to make sure its not because of a software glitch, I tried the following: 1. Restarted the system multiple times2. Went to an earlier System restore point. (Tried 5 different one's)3. Refreshed the system4. Took a backup and Formatted the whole hard disk and reinstalled Windows.5. Switched off the laptop for the night and tried switching it on today morning. None of the above helped. So obviously it is not a software problem. (FYI: The Onscreen Keyboard just works fine) A few example stuff which I get when I press the keys: CAPS Lock: WX (When I press Caps lock key it types WX along with it so the pattern goes like this: WXwxWXwxWXwx and so on if you keep pressing caps lock)q: When I press q its types a tab with qwm: its types yum instead of mw: works like caps lock key. Turns on Caps and types WX too.x: same as wBackspace: Backspace deletes one character and along with that presses the enter key too The keys in the middle row i.e.. asdfghjkl are all working fine. The problem seems to be with t... Read more

Answer:Lenovo Essential G580 Keyboard Malfunctioning (Keyboard typing unnecessary characters)

hi bijoy3d,
Welcome to the Forums.
What you can try is to reseat the keyboard ribbon (see page 49-51 of the hardware maintenance manual). If that doesn't work, there's really something wrong with the physical keyboard and you need to contact lenovo support for service.
Best regards,

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Question: Wrong Characters

Hi Lenovo Community, An issue is driving me crazy with T440S,Physical Keys Shows Chracter wrote on it While it types another ChractersThey should be the same as wrote on physical one Example ....Plus and Question mark keys writes    - and _While some are right like $ and 4  % and 5 Language US English Need help pls, i am working on some important report and didnt think thinkpad first experience would go like that Thanks, 


Go to Solution.

Answer:Wrong Characters

Hi: You say "Language US English". Is that the language assigned in windows, the language of the keyboard or both? It is possible that you have a bad keyboard.

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I bought this awesome, lovely and exquisite piece of technology innovation in August 2014.I have come to India and everyone loves it.Everything was fine until the last Saturday morning when I was typing an email. I got on a phone call for a while and it went in sleep mode. Pretty normal. I concluded the call and touched the space bar expecting the normal, quick wake up and the login screen. The login screen came up alright, but the password box was already filled. I tried to use backspace to clear the box and I missed a heartbeat! Nothing seemed to happen.So I force shut it holding the power button and after a minute bring it up again. Same scene!This has continued. I am going to be in India for a few months. So I checked with Lenovo service centers calling them. And I learn this model is not supported in India. My warrantee is valid, but of no use!I go to a local dealer, to no avail. I have lost my primary way of communication. Difficult to live this way. Right? SO I buy a toolset (expensive!), open the back cover and disconnect the keyboard cable. I put the cover back and start using it as a tablet only.It is serving me for now, but cant do this for long. What may be wrong?My friend is travelling to the US (San Jose) in a couple of weeks. Should I send it with him? Will Lenovo give me a replacement keyboard or whatever part? I have been a computer professional for 30+ years and used more than 6 laptops so far. Had bought this from my heart. Hate to see i... Read more

Answer:Yoga 2 Pro Keyboard continuously floods characters in the keyboard buffer

I have this same problem but with my Y510p. It floods the 'Q' character.
The only solution which seems possible is a keyboard replacement (unless the connecting port is damaged, which is highly unlikely). I have ordered a keyboard and it is on the way.
As for your scenario, I would say that if you friend is going to be in US for more than 2 months then it is fine to send it with him for repairs. You could also order a keyboard online and replace it yourself (I ordered on ebay).
Check your manual on lenovo website for supported keyboard part number.
Tip -
To disable a malfunctioning keyboard like yours, you can either disconnect it physically (like you did)
You can go into Control Panel > Device Manager > Keyboards
Select the laptop keyboard and manually install a wrong keyboard driver.
This way the keyboard wont be recognized and wont work.

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Hello,bb Something happened to my Thinkpad Edge this morning.  Keys - especially the e now show up as p.  The sign from the F4 button pops up odd times on the screen  - I don't even know what it is.  Also the little camera icon from the F5 button shows up on the screen, then the sound icon will pop up.  Then the keys will change again.  I CAN'T GPT ANYTHING \;DONP!!! Thanks!

Answer:Wrong characters from some keys

Hello Lup,

Justin Kirton

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I recently reinstalled Windows XP after reformatting my HDD [new mobo, etc.], I kinda rushed the installation. I left the language and regional settings as English (US) [I'm English (UK)], I've went into Language and Regional Settings in Control Panel and made the amendments for both drop-down boxes, restarted my PC, and checked the settings again. They seem OK ["English (United Kingdom)" and "United Kingdom"] in Control Panel, but it's still treating the keyboard as English-US. I get @ for " and vice versa... Any ideas on this? [Any other info needed to help explain?]

Googling it keeps returning answers saying adjust "Regional and Language Options", which I have. Any ideas or directions appreciated.

Answer:Wrong characters for keypresses

Did you install the special drivers for the motherboard, bios and others that come on a separate disk? If not then go to either the manufacturers web site or the motherboards web site and download them and run them and after they are installed reboot the computer.

If this does not work try this:

You might have to remove the hard drive from this computer and install it in another computer as a slave drive and after it is able to be accessed by Windows on that computer you will have to manually backup all of your important data that you have to another media like CD-R's, DVD or Thumb drive. Then when this is done return it to the original computer as a master drive on the primary IDE cable and do the following:

REGISTRY WARNING: The details that follow require an above-average understanding of the technical topics involved. If you do not understand the Registry material presented here, either find a technically-knowledgeable friend or do not attempt to repair your system Registry yourself. Improper changes in the System Registry can render all data on your hard disk inaccessible.

I hope you have the Windows software for this machine. Please give this a try and print it out for reference

How to perform a repair installation of Windows XP if Internet Explorer 7 is installed

How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install =

Here is a link to a registry backup program ... Read more

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Wrong characters have just sprouted in some places. Things like é instead of ?, for instance.

I've spotted them in two places only : comments included in Properties of Macrium Reflect backup files, and one blog I follow regularly through Firefox.

That's the reason I suspect it's Windows-related and not a Macrium problem. It happened suddenly with no obvious trigger beforehand. It's the sort of bad transcription which often happens in emails.

Now the same blog displays correctly again. Any ideas ?

Answer:Suddenly, wrong characters

If you had KB3102429 installed, try uninstalling it.

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This is a problem I have that is 'solved' by rebooting my computer, but arises again after some time when I am in Word and some posting forums (not this one). I have a new laptop with Vista Home. When I am typing, there comes a point that the "?" key instead outputs ?, a similar problem happens with other keys, such as the quotations key. Then I reboot and everything is fine again. It is extremely odd (and annoying), and frustrates me becuase I need to write a paper and do not want to have to keep rebooting!!

Answer:Wrong characters being displayed

Sounds like Regional settings might be acting up
Go to the Control panel and open Regional settings. Click on the keyboard tab. How many language options do you have?
Maybe even change it and change back

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guys, my external HDD file system before was FAT32, now i made it to NTFS using the "convert X: /fs:NTFS" command...

after that, i think my HDD's "used space" went up, what could be possible problems..

i used the convert command because my files in external HDD was worth more than 200gb+, so it would take long time.

also, i checked for hidden files, nothing came up.

here's the pic:

Answer:External HDD, wrong Used Space shown!

ah, ****!!!!!

i just used the "disk cleanup" and there were some gigs worth of files from the "old chkdsk", i removed it and its back to normal..

sux to be me!!

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I'm running a clean install of XP Home SP3 on an HP a250n, with all stock parts (except for perhaps a modem, but that's irrelevant).

All drives in the machine are shown in My Computer, and opening them leads to the correct locations. However, my two CD drives show icons as if they were removable memory cards, and my recovery partition has a wireless network adapter icon. I've attached a picture. (I blocked the names out in the image- this is not a symptom!)

This isn't mission-critical... the machine works fine but this is annoying!

I tried to rebuild icons with Tweak UI with no success.

The icons on the other user account are fine. Both are Administrator accounts.

Answer:Wrong icons shown in My Computer

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I have just purchased an NB200-10G and some of the keys or key combinations do not produce the correct character. eg,
Shift + " (quotation marks) produces @
Shift + £ produces #
Shift + @ produces "
pressing # only gives \
Shift + ~ gives I

It can be corrected in Microsoft Office Word (but not in Notepad or Wordpad) by pressing shift + alt - but it is very irritating. Can i do anything to correct this permanently.

Answer:NB200 - Wrong keypad characters

Have you checked the Regional Settings and Keyboard Settings in Control Panel?

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Ok....My (at) key is showing " instead of the at sign, and the key next to it is displaying £ instead of the tic tac toe sign, anyone know how to fix this?

Answer:Keys displaying wrong characters

This happens generally after a drink has been spilled on the keyboard. Just go buy another keyboard

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I have had Japanese installed on my language bar for some time, but lately when I try to use it, the wrong characters appear when I type in the Romaji. I tried deleting the Japanese IME and re-adding it, but it made no difference. Could this be caused by a virus? How can I fix it? It still works fine on my laptop, it's only my desktop that is affected.

Answer:Wrong characters appear when typing Japanese

Hi nfarrier, Welcome to Sevenforums.

Yes, it can be virus. Did you made any changes on the PC recently?

As mentioned by Yard Dog, run Malwarebyts to scan for malwares. Run antivrus, and do SFC/SCANNOW to check for any errors.

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I bought this machine through BestBuy. Its an Emachines and the price was too good to pass up for the stuff inside it. From the factory it had two CD/DVD drives.

SAMSUNG CD-R/RW SW-248F [CD-ROM drive] (e:)
SAMSUNG DVD-ROM SD-816B [CD-ROM drive] (d:)

Since then I have removed the CD-R/RW and replaced it with a DVD burner, so now I have


(e:) doesn't exist anymore

The problem is how the two drives appear in My Computer.

The DVD burner is shown as MMC/SD (D:) (Which is a stick memory reader? has the icon of some sort of card looking thing) and the DVD reader is shown as SmartMedia (F:) (icon of a ZIP disk/floppy looking disk, probably what the SmartMedia disks look like)

The two drives show up just fine in the Device Manager. It is only under My Computer where the problem is. I can even right click the MMC/SD (D:) iron and eject the correct disc drive. In the icon's properties, it lists all the correct information as if it were correct.

Any ideas? Its not causing any problems besides the wrong icon/name. Its confusing when I'm trying to figure out which drive is which in My Computer.

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My Windows user has a pretty colour assigned in Metro and previously that was the only colour ever shown at boot-up. The Welcome screen and My avatar against that nice shade which I picked.

But ever since I had to enable the Administrator account, an UGLY purple blue shade is shown for most of the boot-up sequence. It reminds me of work. I don't want it on my home PC. This problem just irritates me.

I have set my regular user as the default Windows account, with automatic logon.

It was when I messed around with all this, that the colour changed.

Any idea if this can be fixed?

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I just need to know how to do a O with a slash through it, ive tried everything, searched everything and nothing works.

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Hello everybody,

I found that my XP (English version) is not able to put non-English characters in correct order, so that my Thai dictionary doesn't work properly.

Here are some details.

In Thai language, some vowels are on the left side of consonant, but when ordering those words with vowels on the left side, we don't consider the vowel is the first character, but XP does. I need to introduce 3 Thai characters in order to illustrate this problem more clearly.

ก is the first consonant in Thai language, ข is the second, ไ is a vowel which is on the left side of consonant, such as ไก and ไข. Now we put these 2 consonants and 2 words in proper order, it's supposed to be 1.ก 2.ไก 3.ข 4.ไข, but what XP does is 1.ไก 2.ไข 3.ก 4.ข

Is the any solution for this? Thanks in advance.

P.S. In the shop where I bought that dictionary, it works pretty well, but I didn't notice what system is was.

Answer:Wrong alphabetical order for Non-English characters

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Hi Everyone,

I am using a Windows 7 x64 computer and several keys on my keyboard are misbehaving. When I press the tilde (~), at (@) or hash (#) keys I see different characters.

The characters that I am seeing are as follows -

Initially I installed a Microsoft USB Keyboard, and when I did so some software - in the style of Windows 8 - was installed. As I suspected that the Windows 8 "style" software may be at fault I uninstalled it (however there was no improvement). I then tried a Logitech USB keyboard with the same outcome, and finally tried a Microsoft PS2 keyboard.

Having tried 3 different keyboards with the same effect I am convinced that the issue is with the computer itself.

If anybody has any suggestions on how to fix this they will be greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards,


Answer:Some special characters coming out wrong on my computer

Seems like you have a different language keyboard set as the default. See here:
Or change it in the Control Panel. You may want to remove any other languages that you don't use and you should reboot.

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Hi Everyone,

I am using a Windows 7 x64 computer and several keys on my keyboard are misbehaving. When I press the tilde (~), at (@) or hash (#) keys I see different characters.

The characters that I am seeing are as follows -

Initially I installed a Microsoft USB Keyboard, and when I did so some software - in the style of Windows 8 - was installed. As I suspected that the Windows 8 "style" software may be at fault I uninstalled it (however there was no improvement). I then tried a Logitech USB keyboard with the same outcome, and finally tried a Microsoft PS2 keyboard.

Having tried 3 different keyboards with the same effect I am convinced that the issue is with the computer itself.

If anybody has any suggestions on how to fix this they will be greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards,


Answer:Some special characters coming out wrong on my computer

Looks like your keyboard is set to a British layout. You can change that in Control Panel\Clock, Language, and Region

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My keyboard has begun producing the wrong characters, mainly the keys grouped on the right side...VIOJKL;' AND M come up as numbers. The right characters come up if I hold the function key in when I type. Any advice is appreciated.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 2:52:27 PM, on 12/27/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Ink\KeyboardSurrogate.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\aawservice.exe
C:\Program Files\Cisco Systems\VPN Client\cvpnd.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
c:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Shared\sqlwriter.exe
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Answer:[SOLVED] keystrokes are producing wrong characters

This is a laptop, correct?

Seems like the numlock function is stuck on.

If not, it may be an issue with the keyboard, drivers, or perhaps the hotkey application.

I don't see any active infection in this log.

You may be better served seeking help for this issue in our Laptop Support forum.

Do not post a HijackThis log there, or your thread will get moved here.

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The subject of email messages with foreign (Greek in this case) characters will not display correctly, I get something like: =?UTF-=CE=BF=CE=BD_=CE=9F=CE=A4=CE=9... etc. I've set the regional and locale settings to Greek but it doesn't help, and I can't find any specific settings for the Mail app. Is there a solution? Thank you.

update: it looks like this is sender-specific since some emails are displayed correctly.

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ive got several printers and computers, which give different results. Win Live Mail displays Russian and Chinese correctly, but when sent to printer, most of them garble the characters. i dont want to delve into each printer hardware, so am hoping this is a problem with Win 7 encoding somewhere ? ive seen options in Live Mail itself, but changing them doesnt help. is there anywhere else in Win 7 itself that can be experimented with ? thanks for any help !

Answer:Printing wrong characters for Russian and Chinese

I can't be certain whether it's your printer settings or Windows that's at fault here, so I've posted this link in the hope it may help you.

Pinyin Joe - MS Windows 7 Chinese Language Features, Setup Help

As a matter of interest, do you have the Russian and Chinese language packs installed? Obviously, you would need Windows 7 Ultimate for the language packs.

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Hi! I'm using Win7 in portuguese (pt-PT) and the calculator has some some keys with strange symbols in them. So, instead of the backspace arrow, there's a rectangle, and the "x" was replaced by a square. In scientific mode it's even worse.

I've already restored windows fonts through the control panel. I've renamed the calc.exe.mui and nothing. I've even tried downloading an english version posted in these forums, but it didn't work. Even the language remained the same.

Any thoughts on this?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Calculator displaying wrong characters in keys.

i see the difference.
did you make any changes to your computer recently? you could try a System Restore to a date that you did.

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I have purchased  a HP Care Pack fr my Sceptre x360 laptop with an expiry date of 02/01 2019,When open the HP support assistant it informs that "Warranty and services remaining ends 02/01/2017"How can i update this information on my laptop?

Answer:wrong expiry date shown by "HP support assistant"

Hi, Please call HP Office in your country (with your paper work ready), they will fix it for you. The following link shows phones list: Regards.

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I bought Satellite A100-813 one week ago. When you right click on my computer and take properties, you will see the system details including processor speed and RAM etc.

The processor speed was showing 2.00 GHZ, 0.99 GB of RAM until this morning, but now it is showing 1.99 GHZ instead of 2.00 GHZ. As far as RAM is concerned, it is showing as 0.99 GB.

Pease help me clear this confusion...thanks & regards

Answer:Wrong Processor Speed is shown on my Satellite A100-813


you have to know that the processor speed is not FIXED. A processor is a thing which is CLOCKED so it?s beat is measured in "Megahertz" or "Gigahertz".

Because it?s clocked, it?s commuting around that 2 Ghz. It?s NEVER exactly 2 Ghz! A Mhz/Ghz beat is a dynamic value but the value you see is the beat of the CPU in Mhz/Ghz which is almost hold on a level (e.g. 2 Ghz).

But this does not mean that your CPU has a bad performance or is defective or something else. My explanation should show you that EVERY CPU on this world has this phenomenon, but everyone is thinking that CPU?s are working at fixed clocks which does know this fact.

There is a nice tool which shows you the realtime beat of your processor:

Hope I could clear out your confusion :)


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My laptop is Envy 17t j100  , E1P14AV.   I found a wrong notebook model name shown  when I tried to identify my hp product on this website and checked the notebook model name in BIOS information.
As below, the wrong infomation is 
HP Pavilion dm3-2132eo Entertainment Notebook PC
Model #:1234567
Serial #:[personal information removed]
How can it be possible. Please let me know how to fix the wrong information.

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I have and am still having trouble running games as talked about in my resent post "Pulling my hair out"I have just tried to run a 3D mark test on my pc (first time I have ever done this) and the test crashed/locked-up the whole pc after only a few secounds I tried it again (with all back ground tasks shut down in task manager except explorer.exe and taskmgr.exe) but again it crashed/locked up (had to hit reset) I then looked at the 3D Mark system details and it says that my graphics card (BFG Gforce 6600GT 128mb) is running at 299.3mhz VGA clock core speed, this should be 525mhz according to BFG wesite click here it shows the VGA memory clock as 1.1ghz which is almost right BFG say this is 1.050mhz.Cloud this be my problem my card is only running at 299ghz instead of 525mhz if so is the card faulty or can you change the clock core? there is no way to do it in the nvida control pannel, I know there is a way in the omega drivers but they don't work very well with my card, the omega drivers control pannal say that my card is a 6800 pci card.Msi - 6712 (v1.x) KT4V (Bios - 1c)CPU - AMD BARTON 3000+ (333mhz) running @ 2.22GHzRam - 1280mb DDR 333mhz (2x512 1x256)Graphics - BFG Nvida Gforce 6600GT o/c 128mb (67.03 drivers)Sound - on board AC97NEC DVD (DV5800b)NEC DVD/RW (ND3520a)HDD 1 - W/D 120GB 8mb cacheHDD 2 - Maxtor 40GBPSU - Tagan TG480-u01 +12v 28A, +5v 48A, +3.3v 28A

Answer:Wrong clock core speed shown in 3Dmark?

By default, all 6600GT AGP cards run at 300MHz in 2D mode. When you start a 3D application, be it a game or benchmark, the core speed should go up to 525MHz.dagwoood.

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I bought Satellite A-205- S4577 with Vista, but it's not working properly, so I installed XP SP2 and now in "graphic properties" "information" is written that video memory is from 8MB up to 32MB!!! If the memory should me shared from 8 to 244. What's wrong? I installed all drivers which I need, there is no problem in device manager.. I tried different types of XP, different kind of drivers - every time is the same...
Please help!

The system is:
Intel Core Duo T-5300
1024 DDR, Intel Chipset 945 GM

Answer:Wrong video memory is shown after WXP installation on Satellite A205

this is the report from properties:
Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator Driver for Mobile Report

Report Date: 07/16/2007
Report Time[hr:mm:ss]: 15:10:26
Driver Version:
Operating System: Windows XP* Professional, Service Pack 2 (5.1.2600)
Default Language: English
DirectX* Version: 9.0
Physical Memory: 1013 MB
Minimum Graphics Memory: 8 MB
Maximum Graphics Memory: 32 MB
Graphics Memory in Use: 8 MB
Processor: x86 family 6 Model 15 Stepping 2
Processor Speed: 1729 MHZ
Vendor ID: 8086
Device ID: 27A2
Device Revision: 03

* Accelerator Information *
Accelerator in Use: Mobile Intel(R) 945GM/GU Express Chipset Family
Video BIOS: 1413
Current Graphics Mode: 1280 by 800 True Color (60 Hz)

* Devices Connected to the Graphics Accelerator *
Active Notebook Displays: 1
Non Active Televisions: 1

* Notebook *
Monitor Name:
Display Type: Digital
Gamma Value: 2.20
DDC2 Protocol: Supported
Maximum Image Size: Horizontal: Not Available
Vertical: Not Available
Monitor Supported Modes:
1280 by 800 (60 Hz)
Display Power Management Support:
Standby Mode: Not Supported
Suspend Mode: Not Supported
Active Off Mode: Not Supported

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A client using a billing and inventory program that I wrote for him a number of years ago, is having some problems since
upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7 Home Premium.

The main problem now is that when printing his quotes and invoices, Windows is using the wrong character set.
Instead of getting single and double line boxes and frames, it is printing completely different characters.

They are all graphics characters above 128 ASCII commonly used for both screen and print in DOS programs.
There is no problem with screen display of the same characters.

Isn't there a way to make it use the intended character set when printing?
I don't have Windows 7, so I can't do any testing on my own equipment.


Don't bother with suggestions of 'a different program'.
This is a custom application that he paid $$$ for and I spent hundreds of hours developing.

Answer:Windows 7 prints wrong graphics characters from a DOS database program

Not unless you can find a printer that allows IBM Character set, such as a LaserJet. I would suggest moving them into something like QuickBooks, or design the program to run in Access, if you want full use of the printer. BTW, there is no such thing as DOS anymore. DOS died with the end of Win98 & Win NT.

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I have a Satellite P100-429. Three weak ago I install Windows Vista ultimate edition but now the highest screen refresh rate is 60 Hz. I have tried downloading the latest drivers for the graphics card but that will not work and the computer also says that the monitor is called generic PNP.

Before Vista a had a screen refresh rate of 100Hz and the monitor had its proper name Toshiba TruBrite WXGA+ TFT display I have tried looking for drivers for the monitor but no success can someone help me pretty please I get headaches for low screen refresh rates.

Answer:Wrong screen refresh rate shown under Vista - Satellite P100-429


Did you install the right graphic card driver???
Immediately after the Vista installation the OS uses the ?own? common Microsoft graphic driver.
If you want to use additional graphic options you will need to install the compatible graphic card driver.

But I would like to clarify something. The LCD or TFT displays provide excellent quality and resolution at 60Hz.
the refresh rate on TFT simply does not mean the same like on the CRT monitors.
The Response Time, Image Brightness and Image Contrast Ratio are more important for a TFT or LCD monitor as the refresh rate.

The display performance and the quality is not worse if it run on 60Hz
Therefore I don't see any reasons to change the refresh rate to 100Hz

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I have had a PC rebuilt following a crash. Some of the keyboard characters are wrong:- Shift/" displays @, Shift/@ displays ", and Shift £ displays # BUT this only appears to be in Microsoft Outlook!Windows is set to UK in Regional Settings. Microsoft Word and Excel both behave properly - with all the keys typing correctly.Where now?Fruity

Answer:Keyboard Characters

Check the KB set up once more in all the usual places.Control Panel, make sure you really are set to UKOut look may have to be re installed and check the English versionYou are displaying USA keyboard which is defaultso you have either missed a setting or one has crept bak after you clicked for English[UK]

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Newbie question,
I need to use a character from my keyboard, the button I need to use has 3 characters on it, pressing it produces "`", holding shift and pressing the button produces "¬", how do I get the third character on this button?
Thanks for any help.

Answer:Keyboard characters

Hold down Alt Gr and press the key ¦

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Hi folks

When I try to type the AT symbol for emails I am getting " instead :cry

I would really appreciate any help with this.

Hope you are all well.

I am running XP PRO

Thanks for reading this.

Answer:Problem with characters on keyboard

Flyingaddict said:

Hi folks

When I try to type the AT symbol for emails I am getting " instead :cry

I would really appreciate any help with this.

Hope you are all well.

I am running XP PRO

Thanks for reading this.Click to expand...

Hi Flyingaddict , you might push numlock button , check it !! :wave

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when i attempt to sign on to msn messenger , most of the letters i type dont appaer and the ones that do have accents on them. In the passowrd(which is **** obviously) , i type what i think is my password but it comes up sayingthe password you have typed in contains invalid characters.Any help would be much appreciated.

Answer:Wierd keyboard characters

I thought your computer wasn't working click here

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Hi guys and galsMy keyboard has decided to play silly buggers.The ampersand and quote marks have swapped places,the pound sign has completely disappeared and comes out as a hash sign and the hashsign comes out as a long vertical line.There are other changes as well although no letters are effected.I have checked my keyboard settings and they appear to be correct as I am using a windows 101 keyboard set to american english.I don't suspect the keyboard itself as a spare one behaves exactly the same.grateful for any advice Pootie

Answer:confused keyboard characters

.I think you need to set the keyboard to British English.Peter.

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i have tried scanning for viruses, cleaned and all i know but its still not responding

Answer:some key characters are not working on my keyboard

If its a desktop, then simply replace the keyboard. You can get keyboards from most online retailers nowadays, and some are very cheap!!

If youve tried that, move it to a different port (if its USB).

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press a and b appear each char reflects othermapping shows correctfor give typing

Answer:Keyboard, characters mixed up

Does it work properly in safe mode?
What is new or different since the last time everything worked properly (ie, new hw, new sw, virus, error, etc)?

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Hi all. I have found that the @ and " characters have interchanged their locations on the keyboard. i'm using XP Home and have the same problem with the new keyboard I have installed as the old one. A driver re-install has had no effect. Help!

Answer:Keyboard characters reversed

Go into Control Panel and open the Keyboard properties and change to settings back to English

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Whenever I type certain characters another character will pop up with it. For example, I try to type "L" and when I'm not using the onscreen keyboard it types as ";L". There are several different keys this is happening to but it is not happening with every key. This just started about 30 minutes ago. I cleaned my keyboard and it started malfunctioning about 10 minutes after Happens to thw following characters I've found l =;lp=poo=poa= select all and several more 

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Hi everyone, I have a Lenovo ideapad S210. I'm running Windows 8, on the machine. When I fire up even the most basic application like note pad I have problems with certain keys on the key board tildaforward slashhash willnot print to any application? Is this a security feature?Can I enable them some how? Really looking forward to finding out how to get the =m working as gusybox is unusable! A. 

Answer:Characters Disabled on Keyboard

So the answer is to upgrade the Bios to > V15.  

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when i type @(above2), I get " symbol and vice versa.Also when i type # I get £ symbol. My system is HCL (20 days old) and has a licensed Windows XP , Office 2003and anti virus(AVG). please resolve. The HCL guys have asked me to reinstall the OS, which i think is absurd!

Answer:Keyboard characters interchanged

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When using special characters eg. è - alt 0232 works on my PC but not on my laptop.Can anybody please tell me what I'm doing wrong - is it something to do with the lack of number pad?

Answer:Special keyboard characters

You have to use the number pad. On your laptop you may have a NumLock key which will activate the numbered keypad - for example on mine with NumLock on J=1, K=2, L=3 (the numbers should be marked on the keys).

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hello,,i'm new here. and i'm here because i have problem with my laptopi'm using windows xp home edition sp3i cant type some character with my keyboard. they're: b;v;5;,; and also i cant type T using shift+t..the way i write this to you is using on screen keyboard.i doubt it as hardware problems. since i experienced it twice before. at 1st i handle it with avast free. 2nd with smadav. and now nothing of em works even i scan in safe mode. i did use avira too and it's the same not worked. now i'm using avg free.but it always stall.i also have problem to get in to safe mode using F8. the way i get in safe mode is using msconfig.this is the log file:Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 11:48:05 PM, on 4/19/2010Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Roxio\BackOnTrack\Instant Restore\BOTService.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgchsvx.exeC:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgrsx.exeC:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgcsrvx.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:�... Read more

Answer:can't type characters with keyboard.

hey guys now i got my problem solved!!since i posted what did i do was:- scan in normal mode with avg free 9 --> nothing found- cleanup with microsoft scanner online --> some temporary files cleanednone of them solved it but this one,- uninstalled avg then installed avast -->after avast just installed it turned to blue screen which caused boot my laptop- scan with avast in normal mode (now)--> got some problems move to chest in my external hard driveet solved now..actually i'm still worry that this malware (i suspect) will attack me again in near future like before. so i wish anyone can help me to get rid of this thing. HELP! or any advice to keep me in this state safe is worth enough. is my latest log:Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 3:31:33 AM, on 4/21/2010Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Roxio\BackOnTrack\Instant Restore\BOTService.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast5\AvastSvc.exeC:\WINDOWS�... Read more

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Hi, this is my first post to this forum. I am The Excel Addict. I have a website where I share tips and tricks for using Microsoft Excel. But sometimes, outside of Excel I need to go looking for HELP.For the past couple of months my computer has been acting strange. When I am typing away, it can happen in any program (Outlook, Excel, Word, TextPad, etc...), everything is working fine, but then my keyboard starts producing odd characters. For example, when I try to type a " (double quote), I get a blank, when I type a greater than sign (>) I get an apostrophe (') and most other non-alphanumeric characters result in the same behavior. If I close the program and reopen it, everything works OK for a while (maybe 10-15 minutes) and then the strange characters start appearing again when I type. I restart the program, and everything will work fine for another little while.It is very difficult to get anything done on my computer that requires typing. Updating my website is a nightmare. So far I've resisted smashing my computer to bits. Has any one else experienced this problem? Any suggestions?I am using WinXP Professional and have McAffe antivirus running.The Excel Addict

Answer:Strange Keyboard Characters

Quick options:
1. Reseat the keyboard connector.
2. Replace the keyboard.

Let us know what happens

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