My son just bought an ACER laptop in August 2008. We must have hit a feature button Accidentally. The @ symbol on top of the # 2 won't type if we shift the other symbol (the one in Green) Shows up. I'm sure there is an easy fix for this. Can you help us out.
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It could be the fn key feature .. maybe someone accidentally hit this button and switched it too an external monitor. All you have to do is hold down the fn key and there should be a symbol of what it looks like 2 screens on one of the F keys. If you hit that a time or 2 it may work. If that does not solve it then you have bigger problems (Video Card, Inverter, Backlight on LCD)
Maybe you don't have your wireless turned on. Look onboth sides and in front for the Wireless Switch and turn it on.
Also once the wireless switch is turned on there are keystrokes that can togglethe wireless on or off. Normally you would Press and Hold the FN functionkey located at the lower left of the keyboard, then hit the correct F1 thru F12key that toggles the wireless. The correct F1 thru F12 key to hit willhave the wireless signal icon )))) on it. Or it might have the icon of a towerwith the wireless signal icon )))). Normally the screen will displayWireless On or Wireless Off when you toggle the wireless.
somehow my my acer aspire 5560 decided to turn off wireless capability by itself ... thank goodness i jumped onto the desktop computer and typed into Google " How do I turn on my wireless capability on my acer aspire 5560 ' your directions were spot on ... I dont know anything about fixing computers , so i just want to thank you for your simple instructions that helped me to get my laptop functioning again perfectly ... on my laptop the keys were FN (funtion Key) & F3 ....... much appreciated !!!!
You don't restart a laptop using the Function Keys (F1 thru F12). You restart the laptop by hitting the power button. The function keys will allow you to boot the laptop in SAFE MODE if you repeatedly hit the F8 key until you see the Safe Mode option after you hit the power button. Function keys will also allow you to change the boot order, go into the BIOS or Setup to change things also. You need to state your problem as to what is going on with your laptop.
You can try updating the software for the touch pad but the most likely problem is you have a bad touch pad. Touch pads don't necessarily go all at once. You lose some functionality. In your case, it would appear you are able to to point and move the cursor. You didn't mention, does the touchpad respond when you tap it to hit ENTER instead of hitting the ENTER key itself. This is 1 area that will commonly lose function over time as well.
Try system restore. Go to START>ACCESSORIES>SYSTEM TOOLS>SYSTEM RESTORE>CHOOSE PREVIOUS RESTORE DATES. Use other restore dates if needed.
Or try this
If your laptop keyboard types wrong characters, it is rather a software issue than an hardware one. This can happen if you accidentally press certain keys on your keyboard, which enable a certain kind of function.
Try the following steps in case your laptop keyboard displays wrong characters: 1.Go to the control panel option Click ? 'Regional and Language Services' ? 'Languages' ? 'Details' ? 'Key Settings' 2.Select the option 'Switch Between Input Languages' and click on 'Change Key Sequence' 3.Ensure that all the check boxes are unchecked in this window and do the same for 'Switch to...(Keyboard Type)' 4.Click ? 'Ok' ? 'Ok' ? 'Apply' ? 'Ok'.
This should solve your problem
It sounds like you've accidentally locked the touchpad. To unlock it hit the Fn key (lower left corner, between the CTRL and WIN buttons, it should be labeled with blue Fn label) and F7. That's Fn+F7, press and hold the Fn key, and then hit and release the F7 key, and then release the Fn key. On my Aspire this is the combination to toggle on and off the touchpad. It may be a different combination on your laptop but the rule of thumb is that you need the Fn key and one of the F1-F12 keys. The correct Function key will be labeled with a rectangle and a hand over it, illustrating a touchpad. Once you locate the key, press it and the Fn key as I explained above, and that should be it.
Second, try switching the display mode using the Fn key and the corresponding display function key. It may have just been accidentally switched to the external VGA port, and hitting it again will switch it back.
Look on the Function keys on the keyboard (the F1 through F12 keys) Do you see a wireless icon on one of the keys? If you do, then look for a Function (Fn) key on the keyboard. Press and hold Fn, while holding Fn, press the funtion key with the wireless icon (example: the wireless icon is on the F2 key; press and hold the Fn key, while holding the Fn key, press F2, release both keys).