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Have an e-machine H6535 running Windows XP home edition 2002 service pack 3. Having trouble keyboarding certain keys. All letter characters and numbers appear up ok but the other keys produce variant symbols (which are printed on the keyboard in blue). I can over-ride this by hitting alt-shift, but would like to have all the standard symbols as my default upon start-up. Examples of what I get: tilda key: / brackets: ^^ or çç apostrophe: è back slash: à small key to left of z: ù question mark: é The other few keys do what they should. How can I permanenrtly re-set my characters????? thanks! Robert Wright

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  • rwright897 Nov 14, 2008

    This problem began after my eight year-old twins were playing games and obviously doing other things with the computer as well. The problem has persisted for longer than I care to admit - it must be over a year now!



    I use a regularly updated Norton anti-virus. So I do not think it is likely a virus. I think it is a setting that I do not understand. Thanks for asking.



    Thanks to the other poster, but the num lock does not affect the problem in either position.

  • rwright897 Nov 14, 2008

    I am running Windows XP Home edition (2002; Service Pack 3 installed).

  • rwright897 Nov 14, 2008

    leecom72... you may be right. But I cannot figure out what to change. Thanks.

  • bobfiala
    bobfiala May 11, 2010

    When did this start heppening?



    Have you run a virus scan?

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Your "NUM LOCK" is on, you need to find the key and press it, its usually near the top right hand side of the keyboard.
the problem should then be solved

regards

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  • Lee Hodgson
    Lee Hodgson Nov 14, 2008

    what operating system are you usuing?

  • Lee Hodgson
    Lee Hodgson Nov 14, 2008

    change the keyboard settings in control panel>mice and keyboards, that may sort the problem

  • Lee Hodgson
    Lee Hodgson Nov 14, 2008

    change the keyboard layout to englishUK or englishUS if you had the US layout change it to UK and vice versa save the settings and reboot, keep your fingers crossed that this will work, if it does change it back to what is was before i.e US

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