When typing question marks & puctuation...French comes up
I have Windows XP on my desktop computer. Everything was going along fine, but all of a sudden I started getting French characters when typing question marks or apostrophies.. Instead of ?...I am getting E accent acute. I have tried logging off & restarting, but it is still there when I return. The keyboard control is showing Canadian English.
Re: When typing question marks & puctuation...French...
In Control Panel, double click "Regional and Language Options". Click the Languages Tab and then the Details button. Make sure that English is selected as the Default Input Language. If French is listed as an available keyboard layout and you don't need it there, you can remove it to make sure it doesn't switch itself again.
I hope this helps. Good Luck.
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1. Insert the Microsoft Windows XP CD. Note: If you have a recovery CD or a restore CD and not a Microsoft Windows XP CD it is likely the below steps will not resolve your issue.
2. Reboot the computer, as the computer is starting you should see a message to press any key to boot from the CD. When you see this message press any key.
3. In the Microsoft Windows XP setup menu press the R key to enter the recovery console.
4. Select the operating system you wish to fix, and then enter the administrator password.
5. Type expand d:\i386\ntoskrnl.ex_ c:\windows\system32
6. You will then be prompted if you wish to overwrite the file type Y and press enter to overwrite the file.
7. Type exit to reboot the computer.
There's a good chance that the drivers that come with Windows XP SP1 & SP2 may not support your sound card. I'm guessing that you're using the onboard sound that comes standard with that configuration. If you're using the default onboard sound you can download the drivers from Dell here: http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/driverslist.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs&ServiceTag=&SystemID=DIM_CEL_3000&os=WW1&osl=en&catid=&impid= and install them. If you're using a different sound card I'd need to know which one in order to point you in the correct direction. To find out which sound card is in your system do the following:
Go to your Start menu
Click on the Control Panel icon
Switch to classic view
Click on the System Icon
Click on the Hardware Tab
Click on the device manager button
Click on the + mark beside the Sound & Game Controllers selection to expand it
It should list which audio device you have
You can also type in your service code (this is listed on the side of the case on the sticker) and type it into the site at support.dell.com and it will show what hardware that system shipped from Dell with.
If your computer boots up you should be able to reinstall with your xp os disk, click on your cd drive & choose reinstall or new install, after that you'll probably have to go to windows update & update the system, if that does'nt work you may have to go to bios settings & set the cd rom as your boot devise, restart & install that way, after your done be sure to set the bios to thier default settings.
Here are a couple suggestions. 1.) You can run windows system restore back to a date when you knew your system was running fine. If that fail to fix your problem than, turn off windows restore. You do not need to enter control panel to do this as long as you have My Computer icon sitting on your desktop. (IF not, right click once on a clear spot on your desktop). From the pop-up window left click once on properties. Display Properties will open. Click on the Desktop tab. Than click on the Customize Desktop button. Desktop Items will open. Make sure there is a check mark in the box next to, My Computer. That will add the My Computer icon to your desktop. Right click on it once & from the pop-up window slide to & left click on properties. Click on system restore tab. Reason for this: if your system has a virus or Trojan it will copy its self into system restore. Turning it off prevents this. 2.) Run your antivirus software & check for issues. 3.) Download the free software named ccleaner; http://www.filehippo.com/download_ccleaner/ & install it. Run the standard cleaner. Than click on the registry icon and scan for issues. This will remove double registry keys & corrupt keys. Than restart your system. When windows finishes loading click on update windows from the start button. Check for hardware & software updates & install em'. (If any). When you feel everything is running correctly you can re-enable windows system restore & create a restore point. If everything above did not fix your problem you may have no choice but to repair windows. Load your windows restore CD into your CD-ROM drive and boot to it. Running Dell's restore should repair windows. Most of your data should be fine. Some programs may need to be reinstalled.