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You probably flipped the screen orientation (rotated it).
For some versions of Windows (XP and Vista), try pressing Control (Crtl)+Alt+Up arrow (press the three keys together). You can also try the other arrow keys with the Crtl+Alt keys. The Crtl and alt keys are both usually in the row with the space bar. On a full-size keyboard, there are two Ctrl keys on the ends of the row and the alt keys are closest to the space bar.
Otherwise, right click on the Desktop (where there are no programs or icons) and choose Graphics Options > Rotation. Another place to check is right click on the desktop and choose Screen Resolution > Orientation. This is a shortcut to accessing the display properties in the Control Panel. Click Start > Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Display > Screen Resolution. For a widescreen monitor, choose Landscape.
I hope this helps.
Cindy Wells (The ctrl+alt+arrow key doesn't work on my Win7 desktop but does work on the laptop. The Orientation change from the control panel works on both.)
Try pressing any of the following key combinations:
Alt Gr + q
Shift + 2
Alt + 64
If it doesn't work, maybe your have to change your settings to United States settings, follow the steps bellow (assuming that you have windows vista)
1) Go to control panel. 2) Click on regional and language option (there will be a pop up). 3) Click on the keyboard and languages tab. 4) Click on the change keyboard button (another pop up will appear). 5) Click on add and add the United States Keyboard. 6) Change the keyboard setting on the upper drop down. menu to United States, and then click ok. This should solve your problem. Please leave a comment if your need further assistance. Regards,
You may have a bad key, or a key with something under it.
Turn the netbook upside down so that the keysj face the floor.
Bang on the back side that way you would to burp a baby.
Then, take a vacuum cleaner and **** out the spaces between the keys.
If this doesn't work, you may have to make an @ symbol manually by using the ALT key. (ALT plus 64). This should work in most Word Processing programs.
Make certain that the Num Lock key has been pressed to activate the numeric key section of the keyboard.
Depress the Alt key.
While the Alt key is depressed, type the proper sequence of numbers (on the numeric keypad) of the ALT code from the table above.
Release the Alt key, and the character will appear.
On a laptop computer, there usually is no numeric keypad. So, instead, depress the Fn (function) key, then the Alt key, then the numerical code sequence. The numbers are on the fronts of certain keyboard keys: M=0, J=1, K=2, L=3, U=4, I=5, O=6, 7=7, 8=8, and 9=9.
one of 3 things seems likely:
1) you have a key on your motherboard that is stuck. tap the heck out of your Fn key, as well as all your Ctrl, Alt, and Shift keys.
2) your computer (operating system) has switched keyboard modes from standard western world american english setting to some other style. See if you can use your mouse to checkout keyboard settings in the control panel.
3) your keyboard is toast. hit dell/ebay for a replacement keyboard (the cheapest part of a laptop).
Okay, I know this is an old question but when i searched for the same problem recently, it was the nearest I could find. So in case others are having the same problem:
The Vaio you have is a Canadian model, which has alternate keyboard drivers for English and French. The alt car key only works with the French keyboard (durr). To switch, press the LEFT control key and RIGHT shift key at the same time, then release. Now if you use the alt car key like the shift key, i.e. hold it down then press another key, you should be able to access the pink characters. To return to English keyboard, press left-ctrl and right-shift together again.