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When I type in any character on keyboard, numbers come up.

Sometimes, quite randomly, when I press a key on my keyboard, a number comes up. For instance, if this problem was happening right now, and I pressed the "a" key, the number 0 would come up. If I press any character key again, a 1 will come up, and if I press any character key again, the number 2 will come up, and so on. So, if I pressed aaa, or abc, or a29, or 974, or any other character key combination, the numbers 012 will come up. Also, the number sequence resets after 9 back to 0, or maybe goes from 1 to 0, or whatever.

Now, this doesn't happen often, and it usually goes away after a while, but it can be quite annoying. The most recent time it happened I was playing a game in Java when all of a sudden any key press would lead to the numbers 01234...etc, being pressed. I opened up some other java programs in my browser, and the same effect was there. But it did not happen anywhere else. In my browser and in notepad (and here), every key acted normally.

This has happened before. It happened a couple of times in google chrome, and I had to restart my computer in able to use it.

Thanks in advance for your help, and let me know if you need more information.

System Info:
Win 7 64 bit
Lenovo Ideapad Notebook Y560

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In reply to: When I type in any character on keyboard, numbers come up.

May be the Keyboard cable error

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re: error

In reply to: error

Well, if it was a cable error, wouldn't it not work all the time? Because for me the keyboard works fine in basic Windows programs. However, when typing in a flash or java program, that's when it comes up as a string of numbers.

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Try Function Keys

In reply to: re: error

I periodically run into the same problem with my ACER notebook. There are a set of characters above the normal characters on the keyboard and these get activated (by what I don't know). In my case, I press the FN (function) key and the F9 key at the same time and the normal keyboard characters return. You may have to try a key other than the F9 for your notebook.

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Num lock

In reply to: Try Function Keys

Schokers, what you're describing is your num lock key is being activated. This causes the numbers you see above the normal characters to become activated. You can toggle this by pressing Fn and num lock key, which is F9 in your case.

My problem is not num lock, as numbers come up when I press ANY key, and regardless if num lock is toggled.

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Possibly try reloading Java?

In reply to: When I type in any character on keyboard, numbers come up.

I've not come across your particular snag, but I have come across some slightly odd behaviour more than once (when running something which needed Java, often after a Java automatic update.) This got resolved by reinstalling Java (from the website).

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Good Idea

In reply to: Possibly try reloading Java?

Thanks; I'll try it, but I don't think it will work because this problem is also happening in flash and other programs not run in Java Sad

I think there is something bigger wrong.

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Reload Java

In reply to: Possibly try reloading Java?

Bingo! Had this problem on a Lenova laptop. Uninstalled Java and installed fresh copy and no problems since

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