Solved Japanese PC keyboard typing wrong

Toshiba Laptop ac adapter/battery charge...
July 18, 2011 at 13:20:30
Specs: Windows Vista, unknown
Japanese PC using Windows Vista; when typing romanji - the Japanese characters appear which are at the top of each key pressed. The 'zenkaku' key seems to have no influence. In fact, presently appears unable to switch between Japanese/English, one to the other. It acts as if the "Caps Lock' key is depressed. My wife says she has played with that a few times.

This is my wife's PC; I don't read Japanese so it is a guess as to what the "Category' of issue this might be; ostensibly 'keyboard, related but could be driver or 'operator error'.

Watashi no namae wa Marty desu. Onagashimasu,


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July 19, 2011 at 13:30:09
Watashi no namae wa Marty desu. I remember that when I lived in Japan.

Could just shorten to watashi wa Marty desu.

Back to the keyboard. deal.

Did it ever work correctly? Is it a US model or Japan only model?

Did you buy it with the multi language keyboard or did you add it?

I guess all did you install the language pack for Vista?

Does control panel have it set correctly as that model keyboard?

Are you sure you are using the correct function key to access non Roman c

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.

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July 19, 2011 at 13:54:50
It is a Toshiba Dynabook (laptop), with 2 Mg ram, configured in Japan to do both English and Japanese. We did not install any language pack on it. I am not certain that we are using the correct function keys - cannot determine.

It worked fine about 6 months ago - my wife took it to Florida, had some issues with internet connectivity, and then brought it back home - hasn't worked right since.

I am sorry to trouble others with this but if it were a U.S. OS, I could manage it myself. My wife has difficulty in explaining the Japanese messages.

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July 20, 2011 at 15:04:14
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I would try a restore point then to a time when it did work.

The devices in Japan may need a native tech. The home market stuff may be unique to only that market. Might be some forum that she could ask on or a ベストバイ Besutobai in Japan.

Almost all women explain stuff in a way men can not understand. Get used to that in any language. You just don't know enough Japanese to be confused in English.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.

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July 20, 2011 at 18:15:44
Jethro, there was no 'restore point' saved. Apparently this PC is handled in a proprietary manner with the Toshiba software, meaning that they want exclusive update rights. I just updated with Vista SP2, and ever since we get a screen in IE8 that says to check with the Dynabook web site for assistance.
We had to click on 'google' to get our home page to come up.
BTW, I have been married for 50 years to my wife, and spoke enough Japanese in my time to know that it is not my lack of either English or Japanese that makes the explanations difficult.
I thank you for your support - I seriously feel we need a U.S. OS. I could interpret the issues, and the PC wouldn't be trying to maintain control.
She has sent this PC back to Toshiba previously for similar keyboard issues, and they said it was operating perfectly. Dejavu all over again.


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