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The letter "A or a" sometimes produces 4 to 5 characters (not a's or maybe 1 a in the group). Bad keyboard?
It could be a bad keyboard, and it could also be a slightly loose connection.. I actually caused a similar problem in a dell I had a few years back. I took it apart to fix a component that required me remove the keyboard. It has a snap-in connector, and I was a bit rough putting it back in and I scratched the connector. I ended up losing several keys all over my keyboard, and I ordered a new one to replace it.
The keyboard connector to the motherboard may have just become loose or dirty through use over several years; you may want someone to pop it open and check it out.
If it turns out to be just a bad keyboard, you can order a new one for not too much:
Parts People is a solid and reputable parts site; I've ordered from them no less than four times in the past for stuff.
Posted on Sep 16, 2008
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Examine your keyboard to ensure your "Number Lock" key is not activated.
This activation is indicated by the key being lit up.
If the key is activated, press it to deactivate the lock.
The number lock key will deactivate an entire segment of your keyboard
Start, click Run, and type regedit to open the Windows registry editor.
In the registry, open the below folders.
Within the keyboard folder, you should have a string value named "InitialKeyboardIndicators" with a value of 0, 1, or 2. Below is the explanation of each of these values.
0 = Num Lock is turned OFF after the logon.
1 = Disable Num Lock.
2 = Numlock is turned ON after the logon.
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