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Letters on screen are not what I typed into keyboard!

I'm using a Dell 8200, 2.0Mhz, 1G Ram, Win XP Pro(SP2), IE 7, OE 6. Every so often while replying to an email, or typing a letter in MS Word, the letters I type on the keyboard come up as different letters on the screen. The only way I can correct this is to dump the message I'm trying to send and re-start the computer. Any ideas out there?

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