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keyboard keys suddeny scrambled

by bobpohl / June 14, 2006 5:06 AM PDT

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.

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Maybe a change in language for your keyboard
by DarCLew2 / June 14, 2006 6:36 AM PDT

I had the right idea but it was for earlier Windows. Go to Regional and Language Options in the Control Panel. I have US English Dvorak, & US International selected for the imput on the keyboard. There a few more Englosh in there and maybe one will work. Darrell Lewis

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not language problem
by bobpohl / June 14, 2006 8:46 AM PDT

no lang. options fix it unfortunately. i'm at a loss...

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under languages tab there is a DETAILS that you click on
by DarCLew2 / June 14, 2006 9:49 AM PDT
In reply to: not language problem

I have 3 listed:
1] English (United States)-United States Dvorak
2] English (United States)-United States International
3] English (United States) - US
The original email was Number one; This is Numer 2.
Darrell Lewis

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by mopscare42 / June 14, 2006 11:07 AM PDT
In reply to: not language problem

This may a totally different issue, but the key board my my HP computer did similer things a couple weeks ago.
I e-mailed HP tech Support and was told the the Windows update (KB908531)was causing the problem.
At first I thougt they were nuts, but after removing the update and not allowing it to load again it fixed the problem.
This may be just for HP?

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how to remove it?
by bobpohl / June 15, 2006 1:47 AM PDT
In reply to: Keyboard

how can i remove an update? i'll give ita try

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Remove (KB908531)
by mopscare42 / June 15, 2006 4:59 AM PDT
In reply to: how to remove it?

You can remove the update by going into add and remove programs in the control panel.
At the top there is a box that says show updates. Check that and it will show all the updates.
Hi light the update KB908531 and remove it just like any other progrm.
If that is not your keyboard problem, it is no big deal removing it as on your next Windows update it will see that your computer doesn't have it and will re load the update.
If that does fix your problem you are going top have to go into Microsoft security up date site and it will tell you that you have that file to download. Hi light it and then hide it or it will load it again and you would be right back to square one.
Good luck

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