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Keyboard types wrong and weird characters on Tecra A2

Question: Keyboard types wrong and weird characters on Tecra A2

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?

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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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TIA, fallingrock.

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

Advice please.
Thanks, Mike

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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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I've seen this problem occasionally both on Vista and now on Windows 7 (64-bit) - now and then when I type on the keyboard I get garbage characters on the screen.  The characters seem to appear in ASCII-code order, for example if I type 'http' I might see '1234'  or some other 4-character sequence, in order.  This has happened in Thunderbird, and goes away after a while.  It isn't specific to Thunderbird, if I'm in the 'garbage character' mode and open a Notepad window, for example, it will also display incorrect characters.  After closing a few things and re-opening, it eventually clears up (I'm not sure about the exact sequence that corrects it). I've searched this forum and other places but not seen any references to a similar problem.   Any ideas would be welcome!  

Answer:T500 Keyboard types garbage characters

Do you have other language installed on your OS? Control panel -> region and language -> keyboards and languages -> General.  

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Answer:on start up keyboard types extra characters

Was there a spill into the keyboard? If so the keyboard will need replaced. I have seen less than 5% of keyboards cleanup and never have problems later.With or without a spill the keyboard can fail. The cure is the same, get a replacement.Your password problem is that extra characters are being added and that is why you are unable to login to the passworded account.For laptops a quick test is to connect a USB desktop keyboard and try to use it.Rich

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My keyboard produces weird characters on a row. Some of the keys even trigger programs to open; like, calculator or outlook and it did happen that the system was hibernating willest pressing a 'k (If i'm correct)'.
After some experimenting I saw that each character I pressed produces 4 to 5 different strings, like Lh{$3, 3:fo or things similar.

Anybody any ideas?


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I have a HP Compaq NC8000 notebook that Suddenly started typing multiple characters and the touch pad stopped working. The E key types e3 the R key types rf etc. I bought another keyboard and still have the same problem. Nothing has ever been spilled on the laptop, I have ran virus and adware programs and nothing shows up.I do not have a usb keyboard to try,
Everything else works on the laptop perfectly.

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I'm currently using a HP Compaq Desktop PC and when using the keyboard I press shift2 but it inserts the @ symbol? likewise if I press shift comma i get inverted commas? It seems to be doing the opposite to what it should.Can someone tell me how I can configure this correctly? Thanks

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I think it is set on US keyboard, you need to go into control panel, regional settings and set the country to United Kingdom

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Hello All,

I have a very odd issue here.. I have a fairly inexpensive ($15?) Rosewill chiclet keyboard that I absolutely love. I spilled coffee on it so I quickly unplugged it used a blow dryer on it with cool air. I then let is air dry outside on a sunny day and when I was certain it was dried out I tried it. It's perfect, no issues. That is, until recently it started doing weird things such as pressing L makes the computer think I'm pressing 3, K thinks it's 6, etc etc.

Now when I quickly unplug the keyboard and plug it back into the USB it comes back to functioning properly. Rebooting also resolves this. But usually once to 4+ times a day it does this. I play battlefield 4, so it becomes very apparent that the keyboard is acting up when you press L to chat with your squad and it doesn't bring up the chat screen.

Anyway, here are some things I've tried:

1- Numlock is off
2- Different USB Port
3- Checked my region settings

Now, I assumed like I am sure a lot of you are that "it must be the keyboard is shorted out in some way from the coffee". Well it's a cheap enough keyboard that I love enough, so I bought a new one! Same thing keeps happening! I try it on my other computer and neither keyboard seems to have this issue repeat. I am not sure if it's just coincidence or not, but it all started after I spilled the coffee.. I should note that none of my other USB devices are suffering from any weird glitches, at least none that... Read more

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hi i dunno if anyone knows why or what i can do about it but when i press the @ key on my keyboard this appears " and when i press the " key this appears @, also when i shift press number 3 the pound sign will not come up instead i get this #



Answer:keyboard types wrong

Your regional settings on your keyboard have changed. Open Control Panel and go to the Regional and Language icon to change to your correct country settings.

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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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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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Hello- After repairing my screen, Averatec returned my 5110P.Upon
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the warranty ran out while in thier possession they cannot help me.

Here is the problem-

u types j
\ types nothing
d types x
f types nothing
g types v
j types u
x types f
v types g

Here are my attempted fixes-

1. NUM lock is off
2. HKEY_USERS/Default/Control panel/Keyboard has proper values
3. Updated drivers
4. Deleted/reinstalled drivers
5. Completly reinstalled OS (xp Pro) with start up disks

My Keyboard properties reads:

Japanese PS/2 Keyboard (106/109 Key)
Device type: Keyboards
Manufacturer: (Standard Keyboards)
Location: Plugged into Keyboard

If I go to Start/All Programs/Accessories/Accessibility/On-Screen
Keyboard, the on-screen keyboard types properly

The physical keyboard types the same whether in DOS or windows

I don't have an external keyboard, so I haven't tried that yet.

I believe the "Japanese" refers to manufacturer and not Language
because, I belive I have seen that keyboard for sale in systems that
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I would greatly appreciate any suggestions. Thanks much,

Answer:Keyboard Types Wrong Letters

Have you tried updating the driver?

If that doesn't work, you could try remapping your keyboard with a program called KeyTweak(

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Answer:Keyboard types wrong charachters

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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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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.
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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 `
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Here is a tough one:
One of my keys types twice (same character twice) every time.
Solutions tried:
1) Different keyboard. Same problem.
2) Different language keyboard settings. Same problem.
3) DOS Prompt. Problem disappears.
4) Safe Mode: Problem disappears. (see #5)

5) Clear Boot: same problem.
I am completely confused.
Who can help?

Answer:Weird Keyboard Problem: 1 key types twice

""1 key types twice1 key""

Just one specific key? Or this happens with any key?

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Hi everyone, newbie here. Sorry if I've posted this in the wrong spot. I joined this forum to get help with another problem but after reading the posting instructions I'd better do some homework before getting into that little mess I've made .

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The @ key types " and vice versa.

Because the laptop was probably bought 1 to 3 years ago (and I don't know where from), I won't bother trying to fix it under warranty.

Any ideas please?

Many thanks in advance.

Answer:laptop keyboard types wrong symbols

You possibly have English UK/English U.S. problem.

On Task Bar where it say EN, right click and Settings
(if not there, Control Panel - Region and Language - Keyboards and Languages - Change Keyboards)
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My PC showed UK Keyboard after W10 installed, the only issue I found was that "@" showed instead of " " "
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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

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Answer:Laptop keyboard displaying wrong characters

Turn number lock off

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Answer:Aspire E15 E5-571G keyboard wrong characters

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Hi there.
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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 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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Help an old hippie out

Answer:New dell 1500. Keyboard types wrong letters .

Since new and under warranty, why not contact Dell? They should be able to help you and determine if it's just something as simple as having the wrong keyboard selected in language options or a hardware problem. If the hardware is the problem, they should fix or replace it.

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I was in the middle of typing and suddenly none of the keys work properly. Most of them won't type anything and the rest are jumbled. "c" will print "-", n will be 7, ";" will be the "page up" key etc.
I've reinstalled the keyboard drivers but no success. language/region settings are US as always. no idea why it's suddenly scrambled.

keyboard is microsoft wireless multimedia keyboard 1.0A. batteries are fine. XP system.

Please help. this is really causing a ton of trouble. I'm using software kboard to type this.

Answer:Keyboard suddenly types wrong letters/don't work

any ideas?

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I have an Acer Chromebook and recently spilled some water on it.  In my panic, I quickly wiped down the keyboard and all was still well and working.  I noticed then that whenever I tried to type anything, completely different letters or numbers or random symbols would show up.  I'm guessing that as I wiped down the keys and pressed them down at once, it did something to change the keyboard.  And to add to this problem, I can't even sign into my laptop as it's password protected, and I can't type my password in correctly.  Is this something that I can fix myself easily? 

Answer:Keyboard types wrong letters, numbers, symbols, et...

Hi linscrawf,
Here is an article with 2 ways of performing a powerwash before signing into Chrome.
This should reset the device (removing any unsaved data) and any potential settings or key combo's that you may have it.
It still requires some keystrokes, but they shouldn't also intiate other keystrokes. If they are, or after performing the powerwash you still have this issue it would likely indicate that the liquid spill is affecting the circuity below and multiple keystrokes are being detected.
I hope this helps,Cory

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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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I have an HP EliteBook8570p for several years. It has a full qwerty keyboard plus a separate number keyboard on the right of the qwerty keyboard. Just this week the keyboard function changed. Normally pressing the Number lock key (when lit) caused the number keyboard to type numbers instead of the direction arrows and home/end/pg up/ pg dn functions when the num lk was off. This was fine and it worked like this since new. Now pressing the Number lock key causes keys on the qwerty keyboard to type numbers. The u,I,o,j,k,l keys now type 4,5,6,1,2,3. It was not like this before.I was always able to type letters on the qwerty keyboard and numbers on the smaller number keyboard while the num lk key was selected and its light was on.I compared drivers and keyboard setting to another identical computer and they are the same. The other computer works the way I describe at the start.Also Function/Prnt Screen no longer copies the screen.Any ideas? Any help? Please and thank you

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I plugged an external usb keyboard into my Asus netbook (along with a bigger monitor) for home use. Now, the netbook keyboard doesn't work properly. When I type "i" a "5" appears. When I type a capitol "I" (i.e., shift i), nothing appears. I'm using an external keyboard at home, but really don't want to take it traveling.Any ideas?

Answer:Asus netbook keyboard types wrong character

Your numlock is set and it is displaying the embedded number pad,

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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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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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When I try and type into Internet Explorer (or Google Chrome and Firefox) I don?t get the letter or symbol that I type. 
For instance when I typed ?a? I got ?r? on screen and similarly ?w? gave ?t? and ?m? gave ?y?. 
I then typed ?a? again and got ?u? on screen.  When I kept 
hitting ?a? I got ?u, I, o, [? which is of course part of a progression along a querty keyboard!
When I type into a ?Word? document the problem does not occur nor does it when I type into an email.
Things that I have tried:

I have run a full scan of my anti-virus software, Zone Alarm (which is up to date.)I have scanned with Spybot, which found a whole load of things that I treated.I have scanned with Malwarebytes but it did not pick up anything.I have run my registry software ?Regzooka?
None of these actions have cured the problem.  What can I do to correct this?
I have Windows 7 with all of the latest updates downloaded.
IE version 11.0.9600.17041.  Update version 11.0.7

Answer:Keyboard types all the wrong letters etc. in Internet Explorer and other browsers

1. close all open IE Windows.
2. Start>Programs>Accessories>system tools>Internet Explorer (noaddons)
this will start IE in noAddons....
If the problem disappears when running in no addons mode then it is being caused by one or more of your addons...since your other browsers are affected it is probably being caused by an addon that is common to all of your browsers...
Use the Tools>Manage Addons menu from IE to disable your Toolbar and BHO addons one at a time (restarting IE each time to see if disabling an addon fixes the issue)
Start>Control Panel>Action Center>Internet - will list any known malware or incompatible addons.
Start>Control Panel>Internet Options>Advanced tab, uncheck "enable third-party browser extensions".... restart IE for the full changes to take effect.
Start>Windows Update...... examine your optional updates lists for any driver updates (for your keyboard) and apply and install them.
You have a number of anti-virus programs installed on your computer...
You only need one.... having multiple av products installed will slow your computer and may cause errors....
Spybot S&D is not suitable for Win7 and higher... it uses black lists for url's and slows down the web browser considerable.
The AV products that you have installed are probably free versions, that do not have up-to-date malware lists... Consider purchasing a license from the AV vendor or
for more information about computer s... Read more

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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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Hi everyone, my laptop's keyboard recently started behaving oddly, e.g. when I try to type the letter 'p' a '*' appears. Same also true for the '/' key, when I press it a '+' appears.

This is probably something very simple, but I can't figure out what I've done. Numlock is off, stick keys are off and the language is set to my own. I'm using Windows 7 and it's a Sony Vaio laptop.

Many thanks in advance 😊

Answer:Keyboard on Sony Vaio laptop types the wrong symbol/letter etc.

Hold down the FN key and press Numlock key.
If this just started happening, then do a system restore to a time before this happened. You can also use an external USB Keyboard or the on screen keyboard and see if that has the same effect,
You can also go to the Sony Vaio drivers page Sony eSupport - Drivers & Software Updates - Select a Model and download the updated Touchpad and Chipset driver for your model.

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

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

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

M = HM

k= yk*

j = brings up googlechrome downloads

i = takes curser to the start of the text

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

7 brings up the "open file" shortcut

and so on

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

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

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

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I just bought a new Tecra M5, but I think I installed the wrong keyboard version. When I want the @ character, it is shift-2 but this should be the " character. Same problem with other keys like shift-3 etc. How do I change the keyboard to UK type?

Answer:Tecra M5 has the wrong keyboard layout


you can change the keyboard as follows:
Open regions- and language options from control panel.
Select Language tab and then click on details.
There you can change the layout.


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Installed a brandnew notebook with the pre-installed Win Xp uk. Tried to login. The keyboard layout is completely wrong. Key n=character b,Key d=character e.
After trial and error found the right keys to login. As soon as windows appear, the keyboard is allright (english, US).
What can i do to get the right keyboard layout to be able to login

Many thanks

Answer:Keyboard layout is completely wrong on my Tecra

Hello Peter

Sorry but I didn?t understood you in which moment the keyboard shows wrong characters. Is this by entering BIOS password or Windows login?

Give us more info about your unit. Which model you have, in which country did you buy it and which keyboard you have (UK, German or maybe French)?

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Apologies for what is probably a stupid question.
I have a Tecra A2 and run XP proffesional.
Suddenly some of the keys are typing symbols different to those indicated on the keys.
Pleeeeze tell me how to reset the keyboard to default.

With thanks, Danny.

Answer:Keyboard keys of Tecra A2 typing wrong symbols?

Hi mate,

it could be that you have a wrong keyboard map. A keyboard map is like a draft for your hardware which identfies which char is displayed when you hit a key on your keyboard.
Keyboard maps a depending which language you use so if the symbols on the screen do not match the input of your typing then it could be that a wrong keyboard map is set.

In such case you will have to set another keyboard language.

To change the keyboard map you must do the following:
Click Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> Regional and Language options -> Click on the Tab "Languages" -> Details -> Choose your input language which matches your keyboard

Good luck and nice weekend

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Hi Guys,

For the last couple of days I have noticed a very odd problem with my keyboards, in that random keys are being switched or disabled between logins and even whilst using the system.

I am running parallels and have two keyboards - both of which have the same changing defect in XP and run fine in VMware and on my Macbook.

I think I picked up this virus whilst trying to find a way to disable the windows key in parallels, but having run 2 anti-virus, 6 spyware and 2 cache clearing programs am no closer to finding the problem.

The problem is also still occurring in safe mode, and oddly, the only consistent change to my regular keyboard is that is replaced by #. If I log into my "admin" account the problem is gone, it is just under my main user account that it occurs.

Here are the Hijackthis! and RSIT log files, any help/advice which can be offered will be hugely appreciated!

Answer:Weird Keyboard "Virus" - disabling/switching random characters

Welcome to Major Geeks!

Please read ALL of this message including the notes before doing anything.

Pleases follow the instructions in the below link:

READ & RUN ME FIRST. Malware Removal Guide
and attach the requested logs when you finish these instructions.
**** If something does not run, write down the info to explain to us later but keep on going. ****
Do not assume that because one step does not work that they all will not. MGtools will frequently run even when all other tools will not.

After completing the READ & RUN ME and attaching your logs, make sure that you tell us what problems still remain ( if any still do )!
Helpful Notes:

If you run into problems trying to run the READ & RUN ME or any of the scans in normal boot mode, you can run the steps in safe boot mode but make sure you tell us what you did later when you post logs. See the below if you do not know how to boot in safe mode:
Starting your computer in Safe mode

If you have problems downloading on the problem PC, download the tools and the manual updates for SUPERAntiSpyware and Malwarebytes ( links are given in the READ & RUN ME) onto another PC and then burn to a CD. Then copy them to the problem PC. You will have to skip getting updates if (and only if) your internet connection does not work. Yes you could use a flash drive too but flash drives are writeable and infections can spread to them.
If you cannot seem to login to an infected user account, try using a differe... Read more

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I'm trying to obtain a US Copyright and they are asking me to give them a password. They want 8 characters, 2 alpha characters, 1 number and 1 special character. They are closed on Sat and Sun but I've got to do it this weekend.
Can anyone tell me what they mean by "alpha characters", and "special character" as concerns a password?

Answer:types of characters in passwords

They obviously want some security.
Alpha characters = letters of the alphabet (a - z)
Special characters = @/><^%*}{][~# or any other similar character not alpha or number.

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I have connected a USB keyboard and it works ok. Does this mean it is the internal keyboard hardware that is faulty? How long is the warranty on these laptops?
I have taken off the Y key and there is nothing stuck underneath causing the problem.

Message was edited by: howieleem

Answer:Satellite Pro C660-1LR keyboard problem, y types y7 and 7 types y7.

>I have connected a USB keyboard and it works ok. Does this mean it is the internal keyboard hardware that is faulty?

Yes, exactly?
You need new keyboard?
Ask the Toshiba authorized service partner for a keyboard? you can also order a common 2nd hand keyboard from ebay or some online dealers?

standard warranty is valid 12month long...

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It appears my Fujitsu laptop has been infected by a virus that starts typing characters (into emails, documents, search and website areas), and rapidly scrolls through my emails, preventing me from selecting one. It also periodically copies deleted files and adds them back to my laptop. I have run Malware, CA and Superantivirus programs (quick and complete scan) and they haven't detected anything. I've rebooted a zillion times, and for now everything seems ok, and I'm able to type without interruption but it pops up again. Please direct me. Thanks


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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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Hi on my new Dell XPS 13 when I press shift+2 which should type @ it instead types ".  The opposite when I press shift+' it types @.  Like this since first got it, is this a miswired keyboard or fixable setting issue.  Any advise would be appreciated or will just have to take it back.

Answer:Dell XPS 13 keyboard - shift+2 types " , shift+' types @ (ie functionality swapped). Fixable?

Hi Rocksaurous
Thanks for writing to us. 
Please try the following steps. 

go to control panel and open "clock,language and region"
there'll be a pop-up then choose "keyboard ad languages" tab
then choose a default language as English (USA) instead of some other formats...if it has more than 1 format, remove other formats

Let us know how it goes. 

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Can anyone tell me the types of memory supported by the model Tecra A4 PTA40?


Answer:What memory types are supported on Tecra A4


Comes with DDR2-512MB PC4200 installed, number PTA42_253. Can install the PC4200 DDR2 1GB as well.

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I have a problem with my Tecra M5 103
attach images to explain.
I've rewritten the bios several times but nothing changes.
What can be ?
Can someone help me ?

PS Sorry for my English

Answer:Tecra M5 strange characters in the BIOS


I made Reflow GPU Nvidia with a Heat gun for 90 seconds approximately at 500 Celsius --- 932 Fahrenheit ,
turn on the hot air gun waiting 10 seconds to ensure that the outgoing air reaches the right temperature.
place the gun vertically with the nozzle towards the GPU moving the gun on the vertical axis,
positioning continuously and alternately in a foot and a inch from the GPU
Please search for Reflow GPU with google

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This is my notebook:
Tecra S2: Intel Centrino Mobiltechnologie mit Intel Pentium M Prozessor 740/ XP Pro/ 512 DDR/ 80 GB/ 15" SXGA+ TFT/ CD-RW-DVD-ROM
model number PTS20E-18S032GR
buying 2006/01/30
link: 106134&DISC_MODEL=0

My problem is, that I give with the Toshiba Easy Guard software a boot password with 9 letters: "cjbasdahl". For safty I must write the password again. I do this and write again "cjbasdahl". The computer accept the password because the first password was the same how the second password.

When I start (boot) the notebook the will have a password with 8 (not 9) letters. I cant use the password "cjbasdahl". What can I do??? I the leng form the password when I boot the same leng like the password or not?

When I not found the password. What can I do?

Answer:Tecra S2: Characters issue with the boot BIOS password


I am sorry to hear this. Your best bet is to take the computer to your ASP as they have tools to
delete this password and restore the system settings to default. At this point they can update
the computer to make sure this does not happen again. As is, there is nothing you can do
yourself to resolve the issue. But your ASP can have it fixed in little to no time at all.

I hope this helps and have a great day.

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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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When using the standard Toshiba S3 video drivers for Windows XP I seem to be experiencing problems with the display when the resolution is set to 1024 x 768 or lower.

Any text on the screen is fuzzy / weird quality.
If I select a higher resolution the screen is fine with crisp / sharp text.

Does anyone know how to resolve this problem?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Fuzzy text characters on Tecra 9100 with low screen resolution

Hi Simon

Don?t panic! This is not a malfunction or a problem?
The native resolution of your internal screen should be higher as 1024x768 therefore you should leave the notebook running with the highest possible resolution.

This issue was discussed already in this forum. You should check this:

Hope it helps to clarify everything

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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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Question: Weird characters

Any time there is supposed to be a 0 displayed onscreen it is displayed as a box. I have been having many errors lately and i cannot even run an online virus scan because it says there was an error updating virus profiles. I have run adaware and found nothing.

Answer:Weird characters

Does this happen in a text program like wordpad

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Question: Weird characters

My keyboard has developed a life of its own! When I type a colon, I get "FSDA", when I type a semi-colon, I get ;jkl\. It highlights and erases the text in response to these characters if I press them more than once. Any ideas would be appreciated! Thank you.

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Question: Weird characters ?

A Dell PC with basic Hardware features is showing this problem on a cold startup and a reboot:

Dell Booting screen weird characters in columns across the screen and also on the windows boot screens and even inside windows can this be a virus that has infected the BIOS or a possible hardware failure or what ? If it is a virus how can you fix it ?

:major :major :confused

Answer:Weird characters ?

I would suspect the video card or possibly the monitor. If this is a desktop computer, can you try another monitor and cable? If it still has a messed up screen, you may need a new video card.

What are the specs of the computer?


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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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Wrong characters have just sprouted in some places. Things like 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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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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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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Hi guys, please see attached pic. For some reason some of the files are appearing as video files (openable to GOM Player) rather than PDF's, even though they're all the same types. How do I fix this?


Answer:weird file types. please help!

What are you creating them with?

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Has anyone seen this before. There are weird green charachter in the min/max/close area of "modern" apps and weird green square.

Answer:Weird Green Characters


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Hey All,

When I receive mail from a certain individual, it comes out with a whole bunch of weird characters like such:

(Any idea what this could be?)
> NiBTZXAgMjAwNCAwOTowMDo0NCAtMDQwMCwgIk5pY2hvbHMsIFJhbmR5Ig0KCTxybmljaG
> 9s
> > c0Bz
> >
> dWxsaXZhbi5lZHU+IHdyb3RlIDoNCgkNCgk+DQoJVkc4Z1lXeHNJR0ZrYW5WdVkzUWdZWE
> dWxsaXZhbi5lZHU+IHdyb3RlIDoNCgkNCgk+J3
> > Ykds
> >
> 4N
> > Cgli
> >
> NC
> > d2JH

Answer:E-mail Weird Characters

Looks like encrypted email, though that would probably have plaintext headers announcing it as such.

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Hey All,

When I receive mail from a certain individual, it comes out with a whole bunch of weird characters like such:

(Any idea what this could be?)

> NiBTZXAgMjAwNCAwOTowMDo0NCAtMDQwMCw gIk5pY2hvbHMsIFJhbmR5Ig0KCTxybmljaG
> 9s
> > c0Bz
> >
> dWxsaXZhbi5lZHU+IHdyb3RlIDoNCgkNCgk +DQoJVkc4Z1lXeHNJR0ZrYW5WdVkzUWdZWE
> dWxsaXZhbi5lZHU+IHdyb3RlIDoNCgkNCgk +J3
> > Ykds
> >
> 4N
> > Cgli
> >
> NC
> > d2JH

Answer:Weird Email Characters

Ummm is it encoded? there are some message encoding options, I think some programs omit it as it rarely used. I don't remeber what it was named I'm not talking about the chracert incoding between like English and English-ISO

it was something like UUE or something like that. If this is a person that you know mail them back and say What the Hell did you do to this message?

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Hi all,

When I type in web forms while using Chrome or IE for internet banking I am getting the wrong characters appearing!

In Chrome, no matter which key I press I always get ABCDEFH etc In IE I just get random chars!. I also have Firefox installed and this works ok. I just wondered if anyone has come across this problem? I've been using PC's for years and never seen anything like it. I'm running Win 7 with Kaspersky AV and several anti-spyware programs installed.

Thanks in advance for any help.


Answer:Web form - weird characters!!!

Check webpage font encoding
If you notice squares showing up in the webpages you visit instead of text, try manually substituting the webpage's encoding. Follow these steps for Chrome browser:

Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
Select More Tools.
Select Encoding.
Pick one of the encoding settings listed or select Auto detect. If you choose the Auto detect setting then Chrome will analyze the content on the page for the most suitable encoding. (Doing this can cause browsing to be slower so you might want to turn off the Auto detect mode after you leave the webpage).
If this helps, do the same for IE browser. From the menu bar select "View" > "Encoding" > select (check) "Auto-select" (to enable it).

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I recently had to reinstall Windows XP and along with it all of my programs and since then I have been seeing weird characters in Firefox. They are not everywhere and I can still browse fine for the most part, but it is rather irritating. The symbols don't show up when I view the same pages in IE, and they weren't showing up before the reinstall. I have tried switching to UTF-8 (and just about every other option on the list) and have installed several language support things but nothing has worked. Does anyone know what, if anything, I can do about this? And would it have anything to do with the fact that I went from XP Pro to XP Home? Just curious.


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Hey there,

For some reason I am seeing this: imgur: the simple image sharer instead of errors. Had this for a while, didn't bother me but I'd like to be able to understand what I am reading xP

Answer:Weird characters instead of letters?

looks like your browser is using the wrong font, check them in browser preferences

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The picture is pretty much self explanatory, strange characters appeared all of the sudden when I restarted, can someone tell me please what's wrong? Last thing I did before this problem was run Avira scan and installing Alcohol %52. Obviously I can't run my computer like this, I entered safe mode and took the screenshot. I'm installing Kaspersky as I typed this, it seems it's the 2nd time Avira ruins my computer.

Running Windows XP SP3, formatted not long ago.

Answer:Weird characters in Windows XP


Do a system restore back to just before you did the Avira scan and installed Alcohol.

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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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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 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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Hey everyone, so i have a very strange problem.
any time i try to open an install .exe with THIS type of icon:

i get the error, "windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file."

however, i can open install .exe's with THIS type of icon:

i know its not the icon itself that is causing the problem, but i'm assuming they're different types of installers and for some reason one won't work.

i am the administrator of this computer and there is only one account, and that is mine. can't open them in safe mode either. any suggestions???? thank you!!!

Answer:Weird Problem - can only install certain types of .exe's

Sounds like the registry got pooched. Has the machine been infected? Bad power supply? I half-remember seeing this before, but can't remember how (or even if) it got fixed.

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Hey everyone, so i have a very strange problem.
any time i try to open an install .exe with THIS type of icon:

i get the error, "windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file."
however, i can install .exe's with basically any other type of icon. not sure what the problem is.
i am the administrator of this computer and there is only one account, and that is mine. can't open them in safe mode either. any suggestions???? thank you!!!
running windows xp sp2

Answer:Weird Problem - can only install certain types of .exe's

Check the properties. Are they all InstallShield installers?

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I had installed a program to convert some video files to a type I can play with an xbox.
After I downloaded the program I noticed a bunch of the icons on my desktop were now this:
I immediately uninstalled the program and ran virus scans.
The virus scans showed nothing and uninstalling the program did not fix it.

It is affecting rtf and iso files that I am aware of.
I changed the rtf default program and the icons switched over to the new program.
But when switched back to the program I wanted, it was back to this icon.
Editing to add: The files still open just fine in the program I have set for them and everything.

I made a txt file and changed it to the default program I use for rtfs and it showed the proper icon just fine.
So the issue is definitely linked to the file extension.

Does anyone know how to fix this?

Answer:wrong icon for certain file types windows 10


Here is a tutorial that explains how to associate file types with programs, you need to work through option 4:

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