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[SOLVED] keystrokes are producing wrong characters

Question: [SOLVED] keystrokes are producing wrong characters

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

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

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Ink\KeyboardSurrogate.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\aawservice.exe
C:\Program Files\Cisco Systems\VPN Client\cvpnd.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
c:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Shared\sqlwriter.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Ink\TCServer.exe
C:\Program Files\AlpsPoint\ApMain.exe
C:\Program Files\Fingerprint Sensor\ATSwpNav.exe
C:\Program Files\Fujitsu\FUJ02E3\FUJ02E3.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Ink\TabTip.exe
C:\Program Files\Fujitsu\Fujitsu Hotkey Utility\IndicatorUty.exe
C:\Program Files\Fujitsu\BtnHnd\BtnHnd.exe
C:\Program Files\Fujitsu\SSUtility\FJSSDMN.exe
C:\Program Files\Atheros\ACU.exe
C:\Program Files\Fujitsu\Utils\FjDspMon.exe
C:\Program Files\Fujitsu\Utils\fjevents.exe
C:\Program Files\Fujitsu\Utils\FjMnuIco.exe
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop Album Starter Edition\3.0\Apps\apdproxy.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\hpqtra08.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

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R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL =
O2 - BHO: Adobe PDF Reader Link Helper - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TabletWizard] C:\WINDOWS\help\SplshWrp.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TabletTip] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\ink\tabtip.exe" /resume
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ApMain] C:\Program Files\AlpsPoint\ApMain.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [igfxhkcmd] C:\WINDOWS\system32\hkcmd.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [igfxpers] C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxpers.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ATSwpNav] "C:\Program Files\Fingerprint Sensor\ATSwpNav" -run
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [LoadFUJ02E3] C:\Program Files\Fujitsu\FUJ02E3\FUJ02E3.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [IndicatorUtility] C:\Program Files\Fujitsu\Fujitsu Hotkey Utility\IndicatorUty.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [LoadBtnHnd] C:\Program Files\Fujitsu\BtnHnd\BtnHnd.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [KADxMain] C:\windows\system32\KADxMain.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SSUtility] C:\Program Files\Fujitsu\SSUtility\FJSSDMN.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [FjStrtAp] C:\Program Files\Fujitsu\Utils\FjStrtAp.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Snippet] "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Experience Pack\Snipping Tool\SnippingTool.exe" /i
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ACU] "C:\Program Files\Atheros\ACU.exe" -nogui
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [vptray] C:\PROGRA~1\SYMANT~1\SYMANT~1\vptray.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HPDJ Taskbar Utility] C:\WINDOWS\system32\spool\drivers\w32x86\3\hpztsb10.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Adobe Photo Downloader] "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop Album Starter Edition\3.0\Apps\apdproxy.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Adobe Reader Speed Launcher] "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 8.0\Reader\Reader_sl.exe"
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ctfmon.exe] C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-19\..\Run: [TabletWizard] %windir%\help\wizard.hta (User 'LOCAL SERVICE')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-20\..\Run: [TabletWizard] %windir%\help\wizard.hta (User 'NETWORK SERVICE')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-18\..\Run: [TabletWizard] %windir%\help\wizard.hta (User 'SYSTEM')
O4 - HKUS\.DEFAULT\..\Run: [TabletWizard] %windir%\help\wizard.hta (User 'Default user')
O4 - Global Startup: Cisco Systems VPN Client.lnk = C:\Program Files\Cisco Systems\VPN Client\vpngui.exe
O4 - Global Startup: HP Digital Imaging Monitor.lnk = C:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\hpqtra08.exe
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O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
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O23 - Service: Atheros Configuration Service (ACS) - Atheros - C:\WINDOWS\system32\ACS.exe
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O23 - Service: Cisco Systems, Inc. VPN Service (CVPND) - Cisco Systems, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Cisco Systems\VPN Client\cvpnd.exe
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O23 - Service: Symantec AntiVirus Client (Norton AntiVirus Server) - Symantec Corporation - C:\PROGRA~1\SYMANT~1\SYMANT~1\Rtvscan.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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I rather doubted (but can't ignore the possiblity) if it's a hardware problem or not & am therefore posting my thread here instead of in a "Hardware" section.

Friend of mine called earlier saying every time he types in any key on the keyboard, be it be alphabetical key, numerical key, function key & whatnot, he get 2 letters appearing in his screen, for example type in "a" gives him "letter a AND letter c" & it happens only with few keys at certain times. This happens in all software i.e. Word, Internet, etc.

He tried restarting his PC but as soon as he types in his password in the welcome screen, he's experiencing the same problem & hence can't get his password typed correctly, making the system stopping him from getting into his Desktop/System.

A rather peculiar problem, I've never heard of & couldn't get much help from researching on Internet & wonder if this is a KNOWN problem & if so, how could it possibly get it sorted out.

1) Getting his keyboard work
2) Getting into the system first by breaking the password on the welcome screen, since EVEN when typing the password, he's getting TWO CHARACTERS when all he types is ONLY ONE.

Answer:Keyboard Producing Two Characters On Single Key Press

Odd, this problem looks familiar...

As I said in that other forum, I think it's either a mucked up keyboard, or maybe the BIOS has gone bonkers, so try 1) different keyboard, 2) reset BIOS.

I'm assuming it's a PS2 keyboard and not USB?

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Brand new laptop. Model is Lenovo Ideapad 110-15ACL, Windows10 Home.Pressing keyboard?s LEFT hand side shift key button automatically produces characters 48TY] in MS Word document. In addition to this production of 48TY]  left hand side shift key button press launches ?spelling and grammer check? if shift key is pressed in MS Word document OR it launches ?find application? with 8TY] automatically appearing in the ?find what? text box  if shift key is pressed in notepad. In HTML/Web doc, LEFT shift key launches  ?find application? with 8TY] automatically appearing in the ?find what? text box & turns CapsLock On automatically. Pressing keyboard?s RIGHT hand side shift key button automatically produces characters Z*cx but doesn?t launch any application such as ?spelling and grammer check? if shift key is pressed in MS Word document OR it produces characters  ?z*cx + whatever was last copied in the clipboard? if shift key is pressed in notepad & in HTML/Web doc.Shift key button is also physically ?shifting/moving right? the text it is automatically producing, similar to the ?shifting/moving right? effect of the Tab button. It seems like some pre-programmed macros, key sequence commands, etc are running in the system. Backslash button produces #.Some keys in the keyboard are behaving erratically e.g. the CapsLock key automatically producing unpredictable effects, NumLock key switching/turning OFF autom... Read more

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Friend of mine called earlier saying every time he types in any key on the keyboard, be it be alphabetical key, numerical key, function key & whatnot, he get 2 letters appearing in his screen, for example type in "a" gives him "letter a AND letter c" & it happens only with few keys at certain times. This happens in all software i.e. Word, Internet, etc.

He tried restarting his PC but as soon as he types in his password in the welcome screen, he's experiencing the same problem & hence can't get his password typed correctly, making the system stopping him from getting into his Desktop/System.

A rather peculiar problem, I've never heard of & couldn't get much help from researching on Internet & wonder if this is a KNOWN problem & if so, how could it possibly get it sorted out.

1) Getting his keyboard work
2) Getting into the system first by breaking the password on the welcome screen, since EVEN when typing the password, he's getting TWO CHARACTERS when all he types is ONLY ONE.

Answer:Keyboard producing TWO characters on SINGLE key press ???

maybe if he holds shift or something... but he may have to buy a new keyboard.

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Answer:Netbook keystrokes return double characters

Back up your files and return it for repair or replacement under warranty. With a machine as new as that, you don't want to try much more than you have already tried. If it is a simple problem, the store will fix it and hand it back to you, but if it is more major, insist on getting a new one and have them transfer over your files and do a factory restore to wipe off your stuff from the old one.You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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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
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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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I know this issue has been reported in other network blogs but no one ever seems to have an answer except onefellow who states he found a driver on the site but his link doesn't work!  Simply put, underWindows 7/64-bit (and booting DOS which I tried too), the left and right shift keys on my Lenovo Ideapad Y510produce odd characters like {}'s and |'s when pressed.  Yes I have actually replaced the keyboard, both old and newproduce this issue.  This seems like a BIOS issue somehow, smart keyboard.  I inherited this unit from one of ourusers, I know it originally ran a pre-installed Vist 32bit installation but had WIn7 when I got it.  I have reinstalledWindows 7 and obtained  compatible card reader and ACPI drivers and added the ATK hot keys drivers before and after I had this issue (that I recall).  Is this a special BIOS behaviour for the shift keys that there is a special Windows keyboard driver to handle? The unit is running the latest BIOS from the support website (I re-burned it just in case). The system works perfectly in every other way, would be ashame to toss it just over this one issue. Thanks.

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


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

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



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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
Antivirus: Lavasoft Ad-Watch Live! Anti-Virus Avira

Answer:Solved: Keyboard displays wrong characters

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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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My OS is XP Prof' and my keyboard is a Microsoft Basic 1.0A PS2 connection.Some of the keys have suddenly changed their output.The 2 key now prints an @ instead of a ".The 3 key prints a # instead of a pound stg sign.The @ key prints a " instead of an @.The # key prints \.I have changed the keyboard for a new one but the problem remains.Any ideas please.Thks.


It's set to English (US) output rather than English (UK) output. Go to Control Panel > Regional and Language settings and change it to English (UK) output.

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here are some clips of the noise i'm talking about:
lo-fi URL:
hi-fi URL:

Answer:USB Mic is producing noises, Something is wrong with my computer!!!! HELPPP

Uncheck the "Microphone Boost" in Advanced Audio Settings.

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For some reason known only to my M7 the arrow and ESC keys under the screen have started to type numbers instead of pressing the arrow keys as expected. i have checked in the settings for these and they are correct.

Pressing left i get: 3
pressing up i get: 2
pressing right i get: 4
pressing down i get: 1
pressing the button in i get: 5
pressing the ESC button i get: 6

these buttons always used to work but have since starting outputting numbers instead of the chosen arrow keys. i get the same number printed regardless of orientation so in primary portrait i still get the same numbers but left is still left as regards the primary landscape.

Hope someone can help me with this weird problem.


Answer:Tecra M7: Tablet buttons producing numbers - wrong signs


I assume it happens because you have enabled the FN+F11 option. This option allows using the small grey signs and numbers which are also placed on some keyboard keys.

I think you have disable this option by pressing FN+F11 again and the keyboard should shows properly the letters

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

Answer:keyboard inputting wrong characters

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

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

Answer:Keyboard typing wrong characters

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

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

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

Answer:laptop keyboard types wrong characters

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

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

Answer:Printing wrong characters for Russian and Chinese

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

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

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

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Hi all,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Answer:Keyboard, characters mixed up and wrong code generation

The 2 areas that affect keyboard mapping are;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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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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On a laptop with Win 2000 operating system, while working in Word the keystrokes stopped appearing. Closed Word and started a new document, still the problem exists. Restarted the laptop and now cannot enter the password. The keystrokes do not appear. Any Clue as to what is happening?

Answer:Solved: Keystrokes won't appear

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I have a Sony fwd-42pv1 monitor and have been using it as a television set, it is a few years old, and just recently the picture has faded to a near invisible image. It would appear that the backlight has stopped working, but plasmas do not use backlights.
It still produces a clear image, it is just extremely dark.

I have tried adjusting the brightness, contrast and whatnot, plugging other computers, xbox's and set-top boxes into it, but to no avail.

Any ideas what may be wrong with it, if I could fix it myself, or how much it would cost to repair?

Answer:Solved: Plasma monitor producing nearly no light at all.

No ideas at all?

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I like to hook up my laptop to my 24 inch dell monitor via a VGA cable, but unlike my DVI connection with my computer, the laptop's output is fairly blurry. I assume this is because of signal degradation through the VGA cable. Is there any way to minimize this? an alternative besides DVI? my laptop doesn't have a port for it.

Answer:Solved: VGA cables producing blurry image?

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I am running Windows XP on a Dell Latitude. MS Word 2007.

For the past few days, I have been unable to copy Web content into a Word document and retain the formatting. Anything I paste shows up as plaintext, with all links, images, and font formatting stripped. The only thing that remains is the text and line breaks.

This problem persists no matter what browser I use (Firefox, IE, Chrome) or MS program I try to paste into (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook email).

I mentioned this to a web designer friend who helped me troubleshoot a little, but he was ultimately stumped. He does think the problem is related to my clipboard though and is not a browser or MS problem.

I found instructions on how to go to ClipBook in Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> System and restart the service (it was disabled), but that did not remedy the problem either.

At this point and with my limited technical knowledge, I am out of ideas. I would greatly appreciate any help, as my job requires me to copy Web pages with their formatting into Word.

Here is the TSG SysInfo log:
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T7500 @ 2.20GHz, x86 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 11
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2037 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 965 Express Chipset Family, 384 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 114376 MB, Free - 6901 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0MY199
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Es... Read more

Answer:Solved: Copy and Paste Producing Only Plaintext

OK, I feel kind of dumb for panicking and not thinking of this before I posted, but I just ran system restore and was able to get my system to a point before the problem came about. Things seem to be working properly as of now. Fingers crossed that it will stay that way.

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I'm having a problem with two of my keystrokes,
When i press the shift and the at key (@) i get quotation marks (") and, when i press the shift and quotation key i get the at key. The two just seem to have reversed themselves and i don't know why. I've never come accross this before so i'm not sure how it has happened or how to rectify the problem. Any help would be great.

Answer:Solved: Two Reversed Keystrokes.

Go to Control Panel then Language and see what it is set at then find something like Keyboard layout I think you want UK

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Not sure if it is an operating system function or a software function but I am running Windows 2000 and am using Word 2003. I would like to supress the repeat keystrokes function for all characters accept "x" and "." when typing a letter in word. Is that possible?


Answer:Solved: Repeat Keystrokes

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Hi all I need a bit of help. I am trying to update this fireware on this smartpen but my computer keeps crashing the moment i try to update it.

i've posted the BSOD and of course I will do the report soon

basicly what I have done is tried to uninstall the driver and reinstall
result: nothing but a BSOD

needing advise of how to fix this problem or ideas.

I know there is nothing wrong with the smartpen (95% sure) as I have previously had this problem and just updated it on another computer, however that isn't going the fix the problem in the long run.


Answer:[SOLVED] computer not Producing Memory Dumps just hangs

Fireware? Do you meant Firmware? If you have already updated the Firmware on the Smartpen, then you don't need to updated it again. And you cannot uninstall a firmware update once it is done.Firmware is not like a driver, it doesn't need to be done on each computer it is on, when you update the Firmware, it hard codes it into the device.

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MS Works Word Processor opens fine but I can't type anything into a new document or edit an existing one. None of my keystrokes register. However, I can type in numbers from my 10 key pad.

I uninstalled Works (control panel/add or remove programs) then reinstalled it from the disc which came with my computer.....and I'm still getting the same thing.

I'm running MS Works version 8.0. Operating system is Windows XP.

Answer:Solved: MS Works Ver 8.0 Won't accept keystrokes

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Hi guys. I am usually the one solving problems but on this occasion even I am stuck.

I am trying to fix a friend's laptop:

Make: Toshiba
Series: Qosmio F series
Model: f20-110 (pqf20E)


When the laptop is turned on, it will display the BIOS logo followed by the XP splash screen. Within a couple of seconds, it produces an error along the lines of "Sorry for the Inconvenience, but Windows Failed to Start Successfully"

I am displayed with different options such as Safe mode, boot logging, etc ... Even if I try safe mode, it will display a blue screen very quickly. So I decided to select disable automatic restart. I have tried to research the error but I am not getting much information.

This is the error message I am receiving:

A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer....

Technical Information:

** STOP: 0x0000007E (0x0000005, 0x82f08c21, 0xf899cc48, 0xf899c944)

I have forgotten how I used to troubleshoot BSOD before, I am quite sure that is a memory address it is referring to.

I know 0x0000007E is usually an indicator of registry problems and he did mention he had a lot of malware on his machine.

What I have tried already:

I have opened the ram compartment, cleaned the ram module and removed all the dust using an air canister. I have already tried putting the RAM in another slot.

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Answer:[SOLVED] Operating system keep restarting and producing a blue screen

Download the ISO image for Memtest in my signature. Burn the image to CD using IMGBurn also in my signature. Remove all but one stick of RAM and boot off of the newly created CD and run the tests on each stick of RAM separately. If you get any errors (Red) then that stick needs to be replaced.

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My PC was having issues (at work) and our IT guy came over to look at it. He did something which allowed him to view all keystrokes on my laptop from the day before. He may have been able to see more than just one day, I don't know. He called me over and asked me about things he was looking at and I was able to say ""yes, I typed that , etc" My question is "How did he do it?" Maybe something in DOS? I would really like to know this trick......we have Windows 7 on the laptops....Thank you in advance!

Answer:Solved: How to view keystrokes on laptop (Windows 7)

Hi and Welcome!

As it's a company machine on a company system it looks like there is some 'keylogger' prog installed. Why not ask the IT guy what it is? It's obviously not secret so he'd probably not mind telling you more.

Just a thought.


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I have another post on here about my screen turning blue with a warning message and black bugs. I followed the advice on other logs using combo fix and I no longer have the issue with the screen and bugs. I tried to mark the post as Solved but it will not let me. The button is not there.

Now I am having an issue with constant spyware popups and security alerts. My keystrokes are very slow as if someone is watching them or it won't let me type at all. I had a lot of trouble logging into this site. I had to log in about 12 times before it even recognized I was loggin in. Windows Defender tells me my system is running as normal.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 7:58:18 PM, on 5/25/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16574)
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EvtEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\WLKeeper.exe
C:\Program Files\Sprint\Mobile Broadband\SMBAUtilSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\CheckPoint\SSL Network Extender\slimsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehRecvr.exe... Read more

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My VPR Matrix (XP Home) Notebook's screen can ONLY be seen in the sunlight--but even then it is nearly impossible to see!

What I want to do is view the computer on my external monitor, so I can transfer some files to another computer--but I can't see to change the settings. Can this be done just using 'keystrokes' or is there some other way?

FYI: I bought this computer from BestBuy. It was quite expensive in 2003. recently, I brought it back to have it repaired. The Geek Squad wrote up a work order and charged me a $238.00 non-refundable deposit (as the warranty was no longer in effect). They told me they'd have to send it to California to be repaired.

After about 20 days I called them, as they were supposed to have given me an estimate on the time & repairs after they received it in CA. They said they had received it back from California because it had "no serial number." Well, there was one when I dropped it off because the Geek had put it on the work order. So, they said they would send it to Atlanta! After a week went by, I called and they said that they couldn't do anything in Atlanta either.

The upshot is, they offered me $75 off a new computer! I took the deal because I needed it to do my work (if I'd thought that it wouldn't take forever and cost me more time and money, I would have sued!).

Now, I'd just like to view the files I have on it and transfer what I need to another computer--if I could only see... Read more

Answer:Solved: keystrokes to change default screen to ext. monitor

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On my new 5575G, whenever i make keystrokes, it momentarily disables trackpad movement and mouse clicks. How do i stop this from happening? I've looked through my mouse properties and settings, but can't find anything.


Answer:[SOLVED] How to stop keystrokes from momentarily disabling the trackpad?

I don't know of any Windows setting relevant to that problem, so try installing the latest touchpad driver from your laptop manufacturer's website.

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I need a keyboard macro to record keystrokes. I need the marcro to work in a program called Wordsearch, which is a Bible software program. I am running Wordsearch in Windows XP Home. I want to save the following keystrokes to Ctrl+1

Ctrl A
Ctrl C
Shift >

Every time I hit Ctrl+1 I want the above keystrokes executed.

Thank you in advance for your time and replies.

Answer:Solved: Need A Freeware Keyboard Macro To Save Keystrokes

AutoHotkey is a free macro/scripting program that would work well in this situation. The script would be:


Send {Ctrl Down}a{Ctrl Up}
Send {Ctrl Down}c{Ctrl Up}
Send {Shift Down}{>}{Shift Up}


Download AutoHotkey, use Notepad to create a txt file with the above code, change the file extension from txt to ahk, double-click on the ahk file, right-click on the 'H' icon in the system tray and click on 'Reload this Script'.

Then whenever you do Ctrl 1 those commands will be executed. Make sure you're in the Wordsearch when you do it because those commands will be sent to the current active window.

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When I try to download a file from Internet explorer it replacec the white space with underscores and double quotation with weired characters. How can I avoid this. while downloading I want my original file name. Any Ideas please tell me.

thanks in advance,

Answer:replaces special characters with weired characters on download from internet explorer

When you download it are you hitting save or run? (I reccomend save BTW)

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I have some japanese songs in my collection. Some of it are in Japanese characters and they display as boxes.

On Windows7, they display correctly without installing/setting anything.

I tried adding a Japanese language pack which does nothing. There's no download for the pack. It says it's not available.


Answer:[WIN8] how do I display filenames using multibyte characters (Japanese characters)?

mrjayviper said:

On Windows7, they display correctly without installing/setting anything.Click to expand...

What's the problem then?

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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. I have garbage characters replacing all the words appearing in xp home sp2.
Can't change language since garbage characters replacing all characters
in control panel.
Please help.

Answer:Garbage Characters Replacing English Characters

Run Windows One Care Free ScanGo to Windows Live Onecare Free Scan It will say "Get a free PC safety scan" sure you click "Full Service Scan" in the middle of the page and not the "Try It Now Free" on the right side.Allow it to download an Active X component.Choose "Complete Scan" in the window that opensClick "Next"Do not click on anything else that offers you a free trial or to sign up if you live in the US.Allow it to scan - it may take quite a while, maybe two hours or so depending on how big your hard drive is and how fragmented your registry and drive are.

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Hello.. I need help from one of you AOL pros. A friend just called and asked me what to do for this problem.. When he tries to send an e-mail to someone not in his address book he gets a message saying "Can't send a message that is longer than 16 characters".
He says this doesn't happen if he sends one to someone already in his address book.. Any ideas on what needs to be done, settings need to be changed etc? Thanks

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Hello, These odd characters appear from time to time. They aren't hugely annoying, so I've never done anything about them, but now I'm trying to communicate with someone who needs me to see something I can't because of them. Any clues what to do to get rid of whatever is doing it?

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro, 64 bit
Processor: AMD FX(tm)-8350 Eight-Core Processor, AMD64 Family 21 Model 2 Stepping 0
Processor Count: 8
RAM: 8091 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 953340 MB, Free - 875751 MB; E: Total - 29996 MB, Free - 24399 MB; F: Total - 180464 MB, Free - 97843 MB; G: Total - 28003 MB, Free - 27129 MB; H: Total - 753870 MB, Free - 752366 MB; I: Total - 199996 MB, Free - 150226 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC., M5A99X EVO R2.0
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled

(Windows Defender isn't disabled)

Answer:Solved: Odd characters

I just today found the solution to this. I use the Pale Moon browser, a derivative of Firefox whose options are parallel in this instance. I have a preference for clean fonts, selected one in particular, and in Options --> Content tab --> Fonts & Colors --> Advanced button --> "Allow pages to choose their own fonts, instead of my selections above" is a checkbox that's checked by default. I unchecked it, and that's why I was seeing the strange symbols. When I checked it again, everything displayed as intended.

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Initially, when I was connected to the Internet all the characters were displayed properly. However, later some of the characters and words in the web pages and in other Windows applications were not displayed or a horizontal line was displayed. I was unable to type characters on the keyboard as they would not be displayed on the screen in the web browser as well as other Windows applications. This happened when I was connected to the Internet and when I was not connected to the Internet.
I ran Spybot, Adaware and an anti-virus program and it still happened. Also Windows was up to date according to the Windows update.
When I restarted the computer all the characters and words were properly displayed in the web browser and in other applications. All the characters I typed were displayed on the screen. I connected to the Internet and the characters were displayed properly.
How can I prevent this from happening again? What could cause characters to disappear?

Hijack This log (after the computer was restarted):
Hijack This log:
Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
Scan saved at 10:14:34 AM, on 4/3/04
Platform: Windows 98 SE (Win9x 4.10.2222A)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:

Answer:Solved: Characters are not displayed

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I have a IBM ThinkPad was running Win98, but I just upgraded to XP with SP3. The problem I am having now is each I type a character, it turns out a number such as u becomes 4, i becomes 5 and so on....

Answer:[SOLVED] Characters become numbers


I think the Num Lock key may have been pressed.

You see, laptops don't have a number keypad like desktop keyboards do. Instead, they have secondary buttons.

Much like the numbers 1 to 0 can be change to an ASCII character by holding the shift key, the letter keys can be changed to numbers by pressing the Num Lock key..

Look for Numlk and press it

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Hi, not sure if this is the right place for this.

I live in New Zealand and I have the standard keyboard for my country. I want to add the Euro symbol to my keyboard as I use it a lot and I am not happy with typing Euro54, for example, when I am quoting a price.

Is there something I can add to Windows to make this happen?

Answer:Solved: Special characters

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I'm set to English, US and Western European Windows but when I view certain sites I get strange looking characters.

Answer:(Solved) illegible characters in IE5.5

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when i open cmd strange characters appear and in every command i execute
i cant work cause of that problem

Answer:Solved: cmd strange characters


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Can anyone tell me how to add or delete msagent characters in the Window Search Companion feature? I presently have Merlin, Robby, Rover and Genie. I would like to delete a couple of them and add a couple of other msagent characters - Peedy and Oscar. I haven't found anywhere in the knowledge base of MS - or in Google that helps me. Appreciate any input - thanks.

Answer:Solved: XP Search Companion Characters

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I just newly reformatted & installed windows xp onto my computer.

Going through some web pages, everything seemed fine so far; but when i typed in a search on youtube, i got these characters that appear as boxes with numbers in them.

I tried selecting a diff encoding besides UTF-8 from view>character encoding, but i just got similar results...only with different unknown characters/symbols.

Is it possible i can maybe update my fonts/character list to fix this? i figured the character could not be rendered/recognized, because it was not available from the list...

or does anybody have a solution?


Answer:[SOLVED] Some characters appear as boxes with numbers in them?

If the encoding is correct the numbers indicate that these are japanese characters. Unless you are using a font that is capable of displaying these characters the above will be the result. Most Windows versions will have few if any of these fonts.

By configuring the fonts in your browser you may be able to display these characters. But unless you read the language it doesn't matter.

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When attempting to type in MS Word 2000 on win98 platform all of the characters are covered by a growing block of black. Temporary relief of this is accomplished by changing format background; but this doesn't last too long. Print preview shows the entire page blacked out. I'm new to MS Word 2000 and don't have the slightest idea what's up.

Answer:Solved: Typing characters all look blacked out.

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on many pages that i surf to and even on allot of the software i try to run(the interfaces) i'm seeing lines of 'zeros' as opposed to the correct letters and,or numbers,etc..... this has never happened until recently. i recently bought some new software but can't run it because of this this a binary error?? i'm stumped and this is really inconveniencing and really aggrivating.please save me

Answer:Solved: zeros instead of intended characters

Run windows update and install the language packs.

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*this is written in notepad where the issue is not present*

When I press an character, i.e. & @ etc, the characters appears with other special characters instead of what they should be. I think I maybe pressed a certain combo of several buttons on the keyboard when the issue began.

I hope there is a solution for this issue, it is very annoying. Thank you for your time!

Answer:[SOLVED] Chrome characters issue

I was going to suggest checking your language and keyboard settings in Control Panel, but I think that would affect all programs, not just Chrome.

US and UK use different keyboard layouts so, for example, the characters " and @ are swapped.

Are there any language or keyboard options in Chrome? Are you using any addons?

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I am creating new characters that I want to put in the Word special charaters area, so that I can easily find them and access them. I have created them in "paint" MS drawing program. So now what do I do?

Answer:Solved: Creating New characters in Word

My best guess: Create autocorrect or autotext entries for them. I can't imagine how you'd get them into the insert symbol dialog unless you bought some kind of program that creates fonts and... created a font.

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Lately, when I use Mozilla Firefox I occasionally see what appears to be Japaneses, Chinese, and/or Korean characters above the url address box. Once they appear, I cannot make them go away except to close the browser.

Has anyone else noticed this? Should I be concerned? It only happens with Firefox. Does not happen with IE, Chrome, Opera, or Maxthon. It happens with different websites, not just one in particular.

Any help/advice is appreciated.

Answer:Solved: Random characters in Firefox

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after updating from XP home to XP pro,when Itype @ I get " and vice versa,several other characters are wrong also.Have looked for other keyboard drivers on the net,one that looked promising would only work if the pc had not been changed from initial configuration.I am not a complete novice but this has got me stumped,any help would be greatly appreciated.


Answer:Solved: keyboard characters awry

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