Win7 Pro keyboard misbehavior

Discussion in 'Windows 64 Bit' started by GS, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. GS

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    Does anyone know why my keyboard suddenly starts typing strange
    characters after some time has lapsed since bootup?

    The subject machine is an Acer TravelMate laptop, model TimelineX
    8372T-6453. The characters seem to be those colored the same as th 'Fn'
    key.

    The problem has existed since I got the machine. (I suspect it's due to
    some keyboard combo being inadvertently pressed) Any help toward a fix
    would be greatly appreciated.

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    GS, Feb 14, 2013
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  2. Is this while you are trying to type non-strange characters, or
    does the computer do this when no one's touching it?

    Let's assume that you aren't being hacked by Russians after leaving
    Windows Remote Desktop Assistant Thing open for people to log in
    from the Internet :-O

    You may indeed be accidentally hitting Fn or some other key in a
    way that leaves it switched on.

    Or, you may have an alternate keyboard language installed. Then you
    can hit the wrong button and suddenly you're typing Spanish or
    something.

    When it happens, try carefully pressing and releasing each shift,
    control, fn, or other peculiar key, one at a time.

    Also avoid turning on the "Sticky Keys" help-for-disability feature
    (which may be activated by doing what I just described), which
    intentionally lets you press and release shift, then a, to type A,
    instead of holding down shift while pressing a.

    Look for a language icon in the system tray, such as EN for English.
    I think the icon only appears if a choice of keyboard language is
    installed.

    Listen for odd noises made by the computer's sound system when the
    problem starts. Come and hum to us any tune that is played and
    we'll try to identify it :)
     
    Robert Carnegie, Feb 14, 2013
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  3. GS

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    Robert Carnegie explained :
    Yes. After I've been doing a lot of typing!
    This is what I suspect is happening because I had a similar problem on
    an Acer Aspire One netbook. I was able to hold down the Fn key and
    switch back sometimes, other times no!
    I'll look at these last 3 suggestions carefully...
    Thanks for your input!

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    GS, Feb 14, 2013
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    <FWIW>
    I have 4 laptops. 2 are XP Pro, 2 are Win7 x64 (HomePremium &
    Professional). The keyboards are nearly identical (exception: Acer One
    netbook). The misbehavior only happens on the Win7 machines!

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    GS, Feb 15, 2013
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  5. GS

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    GS laid this down on his screen :
    I may have found the cause and so have a possible solution that only
    time will reveal as being good!

    I went to Control Panel/Region and Language/Keyboards and Languages
    tab/Change keyboards... and reconfigured my keyboard as...

    English (Canada)
    Keyboard
    .US

    ...so the French/multi-lingual options were not enabled. So far the
    problem hasn't resurfaced!

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    GS, Feb 28, 2013
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