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I have a Mac G4 computer :: some keyboard characters are scrambled: I have to press q for a, a for q, w for z, ,,, and I can use the numeric keypad only for numbers; I have since figured out some of the switches

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    Your solution (iii) is correct. We have our computer display set to darken after 15 or so minutes when the computer is inactive in order to save the hard drive and energy. To re-awaken the computer we have to click on the mouse with the screen dark and the pointer somewhere. This time we must have accidentally clicked on the language setting on the menubar from English to French. Thanks.

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Hi,

Thanks for using Fixya.
check if these steps solve your problem :
(i) Examine your keyboard for any build-up of dust, dirt, liquids or other particles that could be causing the keys to type the wrong characters. Allow any loose dirt to fall out by inverting and shaking the keyboard lightly.
(ii) Plug your keyboard into another computer. If the keyboard works, then the port on your original computer may not be working.
(iii) Confirm that your keyboard is set to the English language. Go to your control panel and click on the "Regional and Language Options" icon. If the setting appears to be in a foreign language, change it to English/U.S.
(iv) Check if your number lock key is on. If so, depress the key to disengage it
If these steps do not work and you have spilled a fluid on your keyboard recently, have the keyboard examined by a professional service or buy a new one.

Good Luck and have a nice day.

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