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I am guessing the
Vaio you have is a Canadian model, which has alternate keyboard drivers
for English and French. On these models, it seems 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.
Please try to deactivate the Fn (function) key. That will help you get rid of your problem. Press Fn key + Numlock key once and try again. You can also try pressing the Fn key once and type letters in any word processor program with the key combination everytime you press the Fn key once. E.g. open the notepad, press Fn once and after that press ) with Shift.
Depending on the lap top... try pressing the function key, then press shift and the number 2. Also, check in the control panel to make sure you are using the correct language (try pressing - Alt+Shift at the same time to switch the lang).
If there were more that one key that has failed it would indicate that
you have a keyboard controller chip that has failed or that the
connector from the keyboard to the motherboard is not making proper
contact. You may get that key to work by pressing that key very firmly.
You may be able to fix the faulty key by removing that key and spraying
the faulty key contact with electronic spray cleaner whilst pressing
the key pad several times. It may not work because it may be sealed and
the cleaning fluid may not be able to penetrate the key contacts.
Then the only thing to do is to buy and fit a new keyboard from the manufacrurer.,