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vista - cannot type l but can type L*

October 14, 2011 at 20:45:46
Specs: Windows Vista

SOMETIMES* I cannot type a lowercase "l" but I can type an uppercase "L"

I have tried switching keyboards, but whatever maps to "l" is always missing. To type this message I had to copy the letter "l" from a web page and use ctrl-v every time I want it to appear.

The letter does not appear in any application, including "cmd" and a bash unix subshell.

The solution is not "clean the keyboard" nor "replace the keyboard"


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#1
October 15, 2011 at 10:29:43

If you boot to a live cd and it still fails we can assume it is hardware related. Two parts exist for a keyboard to work. One side is on the keyboard. It translates keystrokes to signals. The other side is on the motherboard. It converts keyboard signals to computer talk. One is bad.

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#2
October 16, 2011 at 18:29:01

The problem began after I installed some microsoft update relating to languages. If either of your scenarios were correct then I would not be able to type an uppercase "L" after the lowercase "l" disappears.

However, when the screw-up occurs, I can switch to the Dvorak keyboard and everything is correct except nothing appears when I hit the "p" key, but when I hit "P" (shift-p) I see "L." When I hit the "l" key I see a lowercase "n" as expected. This says both the motherboard and keyboard are functioning correctly. It's another Microsoft screwup.

There have been many posts about this problem on the internet. The only solutions that eventually work are rebooting, rebooting, rebooting... and switching to another keyboard layout and then back to US English.


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