Keyboard won't type colon! HELP!

December 4, 2007 at 07:12:59
Specs: vista, 512mb

Hi,
I have a Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000. I have been inputing alot of part #'s into Quickbooks and i was going along this morning, and all of a sudden i couldn't use the shift and semi-colon to make a colon like usual. i restarted the computer and went to Microsoft and downloaded updates for the keyboard nothing works. i have to finish inputting these part #'s really fast, like within the next couple of hours and i have to have the colon.
HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Stacy
sleary@precise-pak.com


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#1
December 4, 2007 at 07:51:07

ok cheack its pluged in properly.
next make sure keyboard is set to the right layout.

***next unoffical advice ******
do this by getting a flat implament like a plastic ruler(has to be plastic!) and sliding it undeth the key and applying even and slight presure this will pop the key off. then turn keyboard upside down and hit on the back in that area. quick blow on the area where the key was and see if there is dust of dirt there. quick look to see if there is aything obvious and replace key. oh and have a look at the key itself. then replace.

if all that fails the keyboard membrane or microswitch is arse so run out and buy new one. but a quick fix is look up the table at http://www.asciitable.com/ then jot down the code for the charactor you want. its the one in read at the right most of the table. then when you want to input that in the document press alt and the dec number for the charactor

example ; = alt 59

all text needs typos. There there for the reader to find,to distract them from the total lack of content.
google it! wasnt the answer to the question i asked so dont be dense and give me that repl


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#2
December 4, 2007 at 09:41:08

The manufacturer specific software is for the functions of the special buttons on the keyboard, and for enhanced settings utilities that are often merely improvements of the ones already built into Windows.
No manufacturer specific software is needed for basic keyboard functions such as typing a colon - standard drivers built into Windows are used for that.
If you didn't change your keyboard layout or keyboard language settings in Windows, either or both of which could affect what character you get when you try to type standard characters, typing a colon should work even if you load no manufacturer's drivers for the keyboard at all.
In that case, your keyboard is probably defective......
- check for keys or buttons that are stuck in their down position
- if the keyboard is corded there may be damaged wires inside the cord, often where the cord enters the keyboard. It is common for wires to be damaged there after the keyboard has been used a lot, but if the cord has been yanked on the wires could be damaged even if the keyboard hasn't been used much yet. Sometimes wiggling or re-positioning the cord near where it enters the keyboard will allow the keyboard to work normally temporarily.

Try another keyboard.
If you don't have one handy, you can make do in a pinch by using the On Screen Keyboard built into Windows.
This works in XP - I assume it's also there in Vista too.
Start - Run - type: OSK (press OK)
The On Screen Keyboard should appear.
Place the blinking cursor wherever you want the character you can't get the keyboard to produce to appear. Then click on the keys or buttons on the on screen keyboard to type the character you want.
E.g. In this case, click on Shift, then the colon key.


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#3
December 4, 2007 at 09:41:46

Thanks so much i went to the www.asciitable.com website and that worked .
thanks again
i was at wits end!!
Stacy

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#4
December 4, 2007 at 12:04:16

I would suggest the same thing as tubes, try another keyboard, they are less than $10 anymore or even $1 in Salvation Army or Goodwill.
I would find it a pain to keep using the alt key plus numbers to get a symbol.

Some HELP in posting on Cnet plus free progs and instructions Glad to Help!


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