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Strange Keyboard Problem

by gkornbluth / February 14, 2007 9:48 PM PST

I?ve got a sticky problem and sure could use someones help.

I?ve got a Vaio laptop running xp2 with 2 users. When one of the users is logged in, the built in laptop keyboard works fine. When the other logs in, the laptop keyboard consistently types wrong letters. I.E. ?C? types ?o? and P types ?Q?.

The substitutions are always the same and occur in all programs including notepad and when trying to enter a program name on the ?run? command line.

Here?s the sticky part. An external keyboard works perfectly on both users.

Any ideas?



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Only ideas.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 14, 2007 10:44 PM PST

I wonder if some keyboard mapper is in use. But skip that. Here's what I would do.

Create a new account and migrate the failed user's files to the new account.


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by chinatown7 / February 14, 2007 11:14 PM PST

Double check your keyboard setting with the other user.

Control Panel ? regional & language ? language tab ? details ? is it set to English (US)?

How about the driver- same also?


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by Amos16 / February 15, 2007 2:31 AM PST

Have a look in the taskbar which language is listed there when you use the other account. It should show EN and if you point your mouse on it it should read English (United States). If it does not you will know what to change in the Regional and Language program. Going into it blindly can be quite confusing. Hope this helps - Amos.

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Strange Keyboard Problem
by gkornbluth / February 15, 2007 6:42 AM PST
In reply to: Language

thanks for the ideas, I'll give them a try and post the results


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I'm having the same problem!
by alphacharlie1 / February 28, 2007 3:59 AM PST

On a Gateway MX6446 Laptop running Win XP Media Center Edit (2002), SP2.

I've already checked the language settings & they're set to EN(US).

Admittedly, I am playing around out there without any protection... no AV software, no firewalls, or XP Security Center, and a fully-opened router. I've even recently visited a few of the forbidden places. So yeah, umm, I am kinda thinking that I might have caught the typographical cooties. Silly

As with you, when I use a different login, no keyb problems. The only difference is that my keys aren't mapping as yours... ie, "c" still equals "c", but "u", "i" and "o" equal "4","5", amd "6" respectively, amd so on.

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Your choice. But keyboard loggers would be suspects.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 28, 2007 4:14 AM PST
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by alphacharlie1 / March 7, 2007 4:03 AM PST

Yes, mine was a virus of some kind. Whatever it was Norton made it disappear.



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