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Cursor stuck at far right side

My mom thinks her cat walked across the keyboard, thus making the cursor stuck at the far right. She has tried everything, at least that is what she has told me! I told her I would try to get her another one but she likes this one and wants to try to fix it. She has tried holding down margin and ret keys, etc. Any suggestions?

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Turn the machine off and see if the carrier will move back and forth , if it dose turn it on allow for the POR, press and release the mar rel key, backspace to the desired L. mar and press the L. mar. key.


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