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

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

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 touch the keys "DIR", the screen shows "dioprt", Return, it does not even find out, if I touch the key Y on screen PY appears and if I mess about P also apararece ON PY, etc.

4. When I installed his HDD to him in the one that before it had installed W98SE in my PC, there did not appear the message of the point 1, but once loaded WORD the keyboard was answering equally to the indicated one in the point 3.

The truth is that portable this one would like to recover for labors office and little more, and depu?s of enough hours I have not managed to solve any of the problems commented. Please, if you can help me I would be eternally grateful.

Thanks and best regards from Spain.

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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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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?



Answer:Wrong characters shown. Keyboard issue

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

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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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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 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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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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Happy new year !

I have a Satellite L50-A-1FQ (Part. NO. : PSKK6E-04D08WSA)

And it seems the laptop have too drink during new year's day

Keyborad, hard drive are out of services and perhaps motherbord... 2 of usb ports are not working...

But the computer cant start with an external key bord and a new hard drive... under linux system

Yes i know... i'm a geek

So, i come here just to know what is the part reference number of the motherboard for this computer...

i searched on internet without success. I found some similar parts on ebay but not the exact model.

Someone can help me ? Thanks

Answer:Satellite L50 - Keyborad and HDD are out of services

dismant you laptop and you will see motherboard part number manufacturer and so on i found this link it say repair and parts but i dont see option to check part and to order it

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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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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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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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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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Hey. Ever since yesterday night, youtube's entire interface has been broken like this. The only thing I recall doing was maybe doing some keyboard combo? I need help finding out how I can return it to normal.

Spoiler: View images here

When playing a video:


Answer:Youtube: Interface is Broken, Only Blue Links Are Shown

I figured it out. Stupid Adblock had been blocking everything on the entire website for some odd reason.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Title basically says it all,what do I have to do?

Answer:Front Jack is broken,The back one isn't shown in Audio Prospeties.

Fill in your "my system specs" and give us more info than "it doesn't work".

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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.

Answer:Keyboard Types Wrong Characters

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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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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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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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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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I have just purchased an NB200-10G and some of the keys or key combinations do not produce the correct character. eg,
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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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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.

Answer:Keyboard typing wrong characters

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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?



Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium , Service Pack 2, 32 bit
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;
Motherboard: Quanta, 30D2, 79.2E, None
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Answer:Solved: Keyboard displays wrong characters

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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
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C:\Program Files\Cisco Systems\VPN Client\cvpnd.exe
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Hi all!

I just bought a L30-10X laptop and I've been having some problems for the three days I've used it. When I originally saw the offer, the laptop was claimed to have a 80 GB HDD. When I started it for the first time, I saw that the HDD was actually 73 GB, from which about 12 GB were taken.

So when I first turned on my brand new laptop, I had about 61 GB free, and I hadn't even installed any program yet. From that point on, I did install a few programs, but none is above 250 MB in size. I also did download a few movies, but I deleted them afterwards. And now, after three days of usage, I currently have about 54.1 GB free on my HDD. All of the movies I downloaded are now deleted, and like I said, there is not a program above 250 MB.

Could someone please try and explain to me why this is happening, and if so, give me some pointers as in how to fix it because it's really frustrating to have spent a large sum of money on something that is not working very properly.
Please, if anyone knows how to fix this, share!

Answer:Satellite L30-10X - Instead of 80GB shown 73 GB only

Hi George

I don?t see any problems? the notebook was delivered with the 80GB HDD. That?s fact.
As you said the Vista OS was installed on this notebook and as far as I know Vista creates one hidden partition on the HDD.
I think you saw only one partition but there are two partitions.

You can check this in the ?disk management?
Make a right click on the ?My computer? icon and select ?Manage?.
Then go to the ?disk management? and you should see all partitions on the HDD.

Best regards

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i have Satellite M70-131 - my DVD drive is not working file , when i insert any CD or DVD it is showing the CD as Audio CD!!!
when i opened the CD i will find one file with this extension .cda !!

whats happen guys?! :(

Answer:Satellite M70-131: One .cda file is shown on CD or DVD


Please check this page about the CDA file extension!

Furthermore I found this info:
+A .CDA shortcut file is a small file generated by Microsoft Windows for each track on an audio CD. The file contains indexing information and are named in the form TRACK##.CDA. The files contain no audio and are basically useless when a CD is ripped to a computer's hard drive or converted to MP3 and written out as files to a CD. Some software makes it appear the files contain audio as recorded material starts when a .CDA file is clicked on but that's just the software operating and not music in the .CDA file.+

So if Windows OS is unable to open files with the extension .CDA you may not have the appropriate program installed

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I just received delivery of a mini camera/voice recorder that has an instruction sheet in both Chinese characters and also broken English...very broken! In fact, it's basically incomprehensible. Is there anyone viewing this that may be able to help me translate the instructions, because I can't get the recorder to work yet. The colors of the light indicators on the recorder and the instructions don't even match. All that I can observe is red and blue, while the instructions refer to a yellow and green in addition to red.....go figure. And yes, I've contacted the seller about this but they haven't responded yet. I strongly suspect they don't have a clue either...they're just merchandisers, not tech folks.

I've attached a copy of of the so-called English instructions, but if you can read Chinese please contact me and I'll send you or post the instructions written in Chinese characters.

Thanks for your interest.

Answer:Solved: Can you read Chinese characters and/or Chinese broken English?

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I have a Satellite L25. I have a little problem. Before when I used some hot keys (like Fn + Esc) there was a sign on the screen (for example, ther was a crossed sign of sound or it was a volume). But now such signs don't appear, but hot keys still work.
Is anybody knows what to do to make such signs appear?
Thank you very much

Answer:Symbol is not shown when I use Hot keys on Satellite L25


Not easy to say why it doesn't appear.
Maybe there is something wrong in the registry but in my opinion it's not a serious issue.
All functions work properly and in my opinion you shouldn't be angry about such issue.
But if you want you can refresh the driver. Maybe it helps.

This unit was designed for US market in. In this case you should check the Toshiba US website for the necessary driver.

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Hi so i just come home to turn my computer on from sleep... It pixels out and i blue screen. Something about hardware. I turn power off via psu switch in the back so i can let it rest for 10s instead of power button because it reboots itself immediately. Afterwards, computer doesn't start at all. Just a black screen. When i got the power button again, it turns right off, usually need to hold it down to power off

Is my cpu broken?...

Answer:broken computer don't know what's wrong

Assuming you have Windows 7 or below... If you can get it to get passed the splash screen that shows your computer's brand, start pressing F8. You'll get to an Advanced Boot Menu - select the option that says "Disable automatic restart on system failure." Wait for it to BSOD again, and get us the following info:

The text in all caps at the top (e.g. IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL), the STOP code and it's parameters at the bottom (will be formatted as 0x000000## where ## is some alphanumberic combination), and if a driver is mentioned below the STOP code (will be like FILENAME.SYS)

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I would like to know what's the problem about my Toshiba Satellite L30 series (PSL30L-0MOOD) because I just upgraded my RAM from 256MB 1Rx16 PC2-4200S-444-12 to an Apacer 2GB DDR2 667 mHz...All of a sudden my windows crashes and displays a BSOD ( Blue Screen Of Death) and just reboots.

I need help because I think it may have a problem in my RAM upgrade..Thanks for the help guys!!!

Answer:Satellite L30 - after RAM upgrade OS crashes and BSOD is shown


Do you use only the new RAM module or both?
If you use both, try it only with the new module.

In your case I would test the RAM with special programs like Memtest86:
Download it and burn it on a CD and then boot from it.


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My laptop is a Satellite A500 and I've had it for about a year and a half, it hasn't ever been dropped or slammed shut, and until this point it has worked correctly, for the most part.

One night I unplugged it and turned it off, and the next morning the display wouldn't work. There was no flickering, and the display had never gone before until then. Oddly enough, some of the LED's on the laptop keyboard area stopped working as well, such as the touchpad light, the volume button, etc.
However, the webcam light and the power/network lights still work. Besides those issues, everything else still works and I can still use external display, such as a monitor.

Based on these details, does anyone have any idea as to what the problem is? Or how I should go about fixing it?

Answer:Satellite A500 - nothing is shown on laptop's screen

If there is no reaction on the screen there must be some problem with LCD connection to the mainboard.

Without exact diagnostic, it is not easy to say what exactly can be defective. Fact is that all these symptoms say that there must be hardware problem and you should clarify it with Toshiba service.

Is warranty still valid?

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I know it sounds as a silly question, but I cannot play DVDs on my laptop. The soundtrack plays normally but I don't get any image. I've tried with both Windows Media Player 11 and WinDVD 4. I get just a black screen with music and dialogs going on.
Maybe its just me not doing the right things, but shouldn't it work automatically? HELP!

Answer:Satellite M30-304: when playing DVDs no image is shown


did this problem occur before you have install Windows Media Player 11?

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I have Toshiba Satellite A50.
Yesterday trying to surf in a website i got this message: stack overflow at line 4819.
Anybody knows what that means? Is it dangerous? How to solve it?

Answer:Stack overflow message shown on Satellite A50

Does this occur when you use other browsers?

Googling around many people reposts about this issue but most of them use ?Mambots? on their notebooks. Do you use it too?

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I have a problem and i really really really could use some help, its been bugging me for the past couple of days ive trawled through countless amounts of forums and web pages to no avail so for one last ditch attempt before i throw it out the window (figuratively speaking) i thought i would come here for help!

It's a Toshiba Satellite Pro A100 Model No' PSAAPE-00Q00KEN

first of all when i booted up the computer this error message came up

PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting Intel Boot Agent.
Operating System not found

now i managed to stop the PXE errors by disabling the Built-in Lan option in BIOS

I've check and made sure that there isn't a disk left in the DVD Drive it doesn't have a floppy drive so it isnt that

BIOS for some reason wont see the Hard drive, its a seagate 80gb Sata hard drive, but i know its fine as it works pefectly in my Dell laptop.
and the hard drive from my Dell laptop isnt seen in the Toshiba either.

Now i've read all about flashing the BIOS but i cant as the only download i can get from toshiba is one that runs when windows is running (if i cant get it to boot how can i flash the bios?)

I have also tried the trick of resseting BIOS by shorting out the c88 underneath the wireless network card, But that hasn't worked either!

Now is there anything else i can try or do i just give up and throw it out the window???

Thanks in advance


Answer:Satellite Pro A100 - PXE message is shown at start-up


I hope follow article can help you to understand what is wrong there

If the BIOS cannot see the HDD please set the BIOS settings to default and restart your notebook.
After restart check BIOS settings again to see if the HDD is recognized properly.
BIOS update cannot solve the problem. You must find out what is wrong with HDD.

Start please with default BIOS settings.
Please post the result.

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Hi, New to the forum.

I bought a Toshiba Satellite 110CS on eBay the other day and it arrived all ok, i looked in Device Manager on Windows 95 (ouch thats ancient) and it said that the hard disk controller or something was not insatlled properly to i preceeded to install the correct drivers, i then restarted the laptop only to find that now bios or indeed the machine itself cannot find a hard disk.

What do i have to do for it to locate the harddisk?

Please Help



Answer:Satellite 110CS - Harddisk not shown in BIOS


After the driver installation the BIOS can not recognizes the HDD. Is it right?
Well, try to scan for the HDD in the BIOS. I?m not sure if such option is included in the BIOS on this unit but you can check it.

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Hello, I have upgraded my 512mb of memory with a further 1Gb module.

However only 980 Mb of memory is being recognized by the xp prof OS and Bios. - Any thoughts?

Answer:Satellite Pro M40: After 1GB memory upgrade only only 980MB is shown

Hi there,

do you upgraded your machine with an 1GB modules and should now have 1.5 GB or did you just put an 1GB module in your machine and removed the 512MB?

Would be useful when you tell us everything a little bit precisely.


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hi, i'm hoping some can help, i have a satellite m70 (french model but with uk windows) and when i type special character keys something completely different comes up on screen, such as ';' key gives me ',' and when i do shift i should get '.' but instead i get'<' come up.

I have tried changes the windows setting but it makes no difference.

can anyone plz help?

Answer:Toshiba Satellite M70: different characters come up if I hit some keys


Can you please tell me which input language you want to use? If you want to use the same like symbols at the keyboard set French as input language, but if you want to use English input language you must be familiar with UK keyboard layout.

Please check this older User`s manuals (Satellite P10) and there you can find chapter called ?Keyboard layouts

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I have a brand new Satellite C50-A-1CK which is perfect for my needs EXCEPT I continually get double characters appearing on screen when typing which is:
A. VERY frustrating
B. Wasting a lot of time as I have to keep correcting words to remove the duplicate characters.

Please does anyone know of a fix for this? It can affect any key on the keyboard and it doesn't matter if I type slow or quick, press the keys firmly or as light as possible.

Have checked for firmware updates but none available.

Thanks in advance!

Answer:Satellite C50-A-1CK double characters appear when typing


I hope that someone can help you and me on this!

I have used other machines for years, I am a reasonably competent typist but have suffered the same problem on my Satellite C850 and it drives me mad.

Also the ease with which using the touchpad to move the cursor about results in the machine selecting the settings sidebar for Windows 8 by mistake.

I have tried changing the keyboard sensitivity within windows but this does not seem to help - just slows the keyboard right down.

Really frustrating

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Hi, hoping someone here can help me...

Toshiba Satellite A60-106 running Windows XP is missing characters when I type. If I type very very slowly then every key works fine. At normal typing speed numerous letters are dropped. This happens in every application and does not seem load-dependent. The key repeat rate is also slower than it should be (I know how to set this; the problem is not with the setting but with the fact that the setting is not being honoured or recognised properly).

Virus/spyware scan reports clean. The problem began suddenly for no apparent reason and does not seem to be associated with any hardware or software changes. Tried starting in safe mode, tried disabling all non-essential services/startup progams via msconfg but to no avail; problem still there.

Laptop has historically suffered badly from overheating, but this problem is not obviously related as it's the same whether the machine is hot or cold.

Any ideas?

Answer:Re: Satellite A60-106 - Dropping characters when typing

Have you installed drivers for an external Keyboard or Mouse? (for example Logitech or Microsoft)

If you boot into MSDOS, does it still drop characters? You can download a DOS bootdisk from

What BIOS Version is installed? Do you have the latest version?

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I have a brand new Satellite Pro laptop and when typing it misses characters, when i press the character again it works! This is causing me a real problem with work and is slowing me down a great deal.

Can anyone offer any help?

Many thanks,

Answer:Satellite Pro - Keyboard keeps missing characters


What notebook model do you have?

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Since few days I have Satellite P 100. The unit is very nice and I like it very much but I have noticed one negative keyboard issue and it disturbs me on my work. Very often I must write long reports and I try always to write it fast but I am always surprised when I see that many characters are missing.

I really don?t know what is wrong there but it is very annoying and it takes always long time to correct whole written text.
Does anybody of you have the same problem on P100? Please let me know if someone of you has solution for that!!!


Answer:Missing characters on Satellite P100

Hello Sascha

I can understand you but please don?t worry about that. For a short time one other user has reported this issue on this forum. It is solved with new BIOS - Version 2.10 from 27.7.2006.

This BIOS update you can find on Toshiba Europe page under

Click on ?Support & Downloads? > ?Support Homepage? > ?BIOS Update? (Download). When the BIOS download page is open choose your notebook model and make BIOS update. For P100 there are three different models listed. Please be sure that you have chosen the right one.

I hope that your problem will be solved and you can write your reports without correction.

Good luck!

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Can you Help - Toshiba Satellite Pro A10
Model No PSA15E-01PFQ-EN
Serial No Y3602494G
Windows XP Pro

On the front of this laptop is a switch for wireless - this switch is set to On, Windows XP Pro cannot find any wireless device - Windows Device Manager does not show any wireless adater. Can you advice please - do I need to install Driver - Does this laptop support a wireless conection?

Many Thanks


Answer:Satellite Pro A10 - No wireless adapter not shown in device manager


Usually if you have a wireless switch your notebook should have a wireless LAN card too. In your case I would try installing the driver. Then the WLAn card should be displayed in device manager properly: > Support & Downloads > Download Drivers

If this doesn?t work you can try a BIOS update.

Are you running factory settings or have you installed your own Windows version?

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I bought a Toshiba Satellite C660D a month ago. Everything was going fine, until the FN key no longer displayed the OSD.
I looked on forums and there were various tips in relation to closely similar issues. I downloaded the Value added package again, I looked in the flash card settings and nothing is doing the trick. Could someone help me?

Any advice would be welcomed.

(ps, the functions work, but the display doesn't show anymore.)

Answer:Satellite C660D - flash cards are not shown on the screen

Have you tried to restart flash cards?

Please do this and press FN key several times.

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Hello everybody,

I have two questions and I will highly appreciate your help.

First, when I got the laptop it used to have a Fn bar that comes down from the top of the screen when I press Fn, it shows all the Fn keys, now it disappeared. I need to get it back, I almost tried everything and nothing is there yet.

Second, the touch pad is not zooming anymore when I apply the 2 fingers in and out, it used to do that before.

My laptop is Satellite L505-13W

Thank you in advance

Answer:Satellite L505-13W - FN keys not shown and touchpad issue

Hi abdouni,

1. I think the problem is related to Toshiba Value Added Package and Flash Cards Support Utility. Both tools control the FN keys and the Flash Cards appear if you press FN key.
You can download it on official Toshiba website: > Support & Downloads > Download Drivers

Regarding the installation: First of all remove both tools and restart the notebook. Now install Value Added Package and restart again. Install Flash Cards Support Utility and make one restart. Now the FN keys should work again.

2. This could be related to Value Added Package too? So check my posting.
If it?s not work, reinstall the touchpad driver.

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after I have had a virus I couldn't find my SD-Cards in the workplace (I hope it's called "workplace" in english").
So I started the HDD Recovery and put the system back to the original conditions.

But now I have the same problem:
When I put any SD-Card in the Slot, the dialog in the bottom right corner shows me, that drivers have been installed, but I can't find my Card. When I put the SD-Card out and back in, nothing happens... Only after reinstalling the Card-Slot-driver from the toshiba-homepage, I can see the dialog when putting in the SD-Card. But again only one time and nothing else happens.

So, I don't know if it's a hardware problem(the Slot recognizes the card) or a driver problem(with exact the same system everything worked fine one year ago).
Does anyone have an idea? If possible, please answer in german, if not, I would although be very thankful for every answer.


Answer:Satellite L670-11R - SD cards not shown after recovery installation


As far as I know the notebook L670-11R supports the Realtek Card reader controller. I think you should try the Realtek driver from Realtek driver page.

There you could find the latest driver:
*PCIE card reader driver for XP/Vista/Win7* 4&Conn=3&DownTypeID=3&GetDown=false

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I am getting an error message about something called "OpenAL32.dll is missing"
I need some help regarding how to get this error message fixed.
When I Google "OpenAL32.dll is missing" there are untold amounts of sites saying to download their fix, or get a scan before downloading their versions of a fix.

But I don't see a Microsoft or windows 7 home premium fix.
I?m confused and don't really understand much of this.

Answer:OpenAL32.dll error message shown on my Satellite notebook

Unfortunately it doesn't help and I just want to get rid of the error message.
I see that this error thing is about playing games on my computer.
I don't ever play any of these or other types of game stuff.
I simply am not interested.
I see that I keep getting directed to buy a thing called uniblue registry fix that tells me I have 3,112 errors that need fixing.

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I have Satellite A200 with XP on it. I removed for good the VIsta and now everytime i start the laptop appears this message: findfirstchangenotification.

Answer:Satellite A200 - "findfirstchangenotification" message shown at start up


It is not easy to say what is wrong but I presume some files are missing but needed for application that starts with operating system.

What you can try is to start your notebook in safe mode (F8) to see if the same message will be shown. If not start your notebook on regular way and go to MSCONFIG and check list of applications listed for automatically start-up. Try to disable some of them and watch carefully what will happen.

Is Intel Proset preinstalled on your notebook?

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