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Have Dell Opti Plex Gx 150 computer with Windows XP operating system and when I type on the keyboard, different characters appear on the page. Have changed to a different keyboard, checked the Regional and Language Options in the Control Panel (says English) and checked several forums and nothing works. Can you help?

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  • carolmu1 Nov 30, 2008

    I have switched to a different keyboard with the same results, so that's not the problem. Also checked in the Control Panel and language is the same. Any other ideas?

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All I can think of is that somehow it has been set to a Dvorak keyboard layout. I think you can find it in control panel under keyboard. I am not even sure if the option still exists with XP,but it might be worth a look.

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