To get a backslash, you need to print the upper ascii character 92 (decimal). On most machines you can get upper ascii characters by holding down the Alt key and typing the decimal value on the numeric keypad. On the little IBM machine I'm typing this on, there is no numeric keypad, but if I switch on numlock (by doing shift-scroll-lock) the j-k-l keys become 1-2-3 etc. Now id I hold down Alt and type 92 (i.e.keys 9-k), this is what I get: \ Howzzat?.
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Re: Cannot get backslash (\) character to display
Is the keyboard UK [with a £ symbol over the three]? or US with a $ symbol over the three? Set your regional settings for the appropriate keyboard, open control panel - regional and language options - select the languages tab then on details. Check in the list of installed services that it has the correct keyboard language [if not add it] and remove any incorrect keyboard languages. Be sure to click on apply and ok and then close the window. A reboot may be necessary to ensure the correct keyboard type is in operation.
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I think you are hitting the wrong Function Key combinations. Why are you using an external monitor anyway? What is wrong with the laptop's LCD Screen?
Plug in an external monitor and see if thedisplay shows up on it. It can be any kind of monitor even the old big fat crtmonitors as long as it has a vga cable to connect to your computer's vgaport. If so that proves your video card is ok. The video will showon most systems when you reboot without you having to do anything. Some systemswill require you to hit the FN (Function key) + F1 thru F12. Hold downthe FN key then hit the correct key for displaying on the monitor (F1 thruF12). The correct key will normally have CRT/LCD on it or it will havethe icon of a display.
Each time you press the FN key plus the correct Function Key it toggles the Display between three stages (Show on Laptop only, Show on External Monitor Only, Show on both the laptop and the external monitor).
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
You hit a keystroke combination. You'll have to press the Fn key in the lower left side of your keyboard and one of the special function keys (in a HP, I think it's something like F11 or F12--look at the symbols on the keyboard. Anyway, that combo locks the special characters on. Just hit it again to get back to normal typing.