Alt Codes not working

Gateway 504GH
September 17, 2008 at 16:38:01
Specs: Win XP SP3, 1.5 GB

Hi! New here, this place was the best I could find for my annoying problem.

For some reason, recently my Alt Codes seem to work on / off all the time, and for a few days now they haven't been working at all. I can't find an answer or solution anywhere that works.

The Alt Codes don't work in any area, EXCEPT for MS Word 2007, where, after a slight hesitation, they appear normally. Otherwise (IE, Notepad, etc.) I just get either nothing at all, or random symbols or those "empty square" things.

I have searched the site already, so please forgive me if this has been posted already; I couldn't find anything

Thanks in advance for your help!

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#1
September 17, 2008 at 19:40:02

Are you using the number keypad or the top row numbers? Have you tried a different keyboard, or even a System Restore to a date when this was functioning normally?

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#2
September 17, 2008 at 19:45:35

I'm using the numerical keypad (I actually NEVER use the row of numbers, I just never learned it that way). I don't have any other keyboards - we're really rather tight on money for now, and even keyboards take second place to paying bills, see. Finally, System Restore is out of the question. I simply have too many files I would lose, or see devolved, which equates to several dozen hours of work on-end. I have no means of creating backups either, so no, no System Restore possible.

Thanks for your advice anyway. :-)

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#3
September 17, 2008 at 20:15:16

Have you tried the right Alt key?

System Restore doesn't delete data. It restores the System State to an earlier restore point.

I STRONGLY advise you spend a few dollars for media and backup your data files if you don't wish to lose them. Cds will work fine.

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#4
September 17, 2008 at 20:45:37

I tried the right Alt button (Alt Gr), but why would it have been any different?

As for System Restore, doesn't it affect your works, your files? Doesn't it send them back to previous states?

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#5
September 17, 2008 at 21:24:58

Bumdark, it's system restore...not spreadsheet restore or picture restore. It backs up certain system files, registry and drivers. If you don't like the restore, you can just undo it.

Doesn't the keyboard use Gateway provided drivers for multimedia? If those drivers are pooched, a system restore to a date before this started happening might just fix it.

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#6
September 17, 2008 at 21:46:09

Ah. Well, now I know. :-)

I think I may just try that ... Thanks! (Pray with me that it works ... :P)

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#7
September 18, 2008 at 01:44:23

You can if all else fails remap the key board.
That is assign the alt key function to the scroll lock key. This is simply done.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout]
"Scancode Map"=hex:00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,02,00,00,00,38,00,46,00,00,00,00,00

You add a binary value to the above key called Scancode Map. The first 02 value tells the registry you want to remap 2 keys. 38,00 is left alt. 46,00 is scroll lock.

Should you for any reason say piece of food or something spilt on keyboard so your alt key works again. Just change back by assigning scroll lock to scroll lock
ie
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout]
"Scancode Map"=hex:00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,02,00,00,00,46,00,46,00,00,00,00,00

So to make it clear. Copy and paste the first registry code into notepad save as RightAlt_ScrLk.reg
Double click and accept the prompts. Restart machine and scroll lock is now right alt.

I have tried and tested this. I have no use for right_alt key and so have that assigned to open my favourites and have done for years.

Edit
I have checked the way this will appear to you and because of screen size "Scancode Map" is on 2 lines. This is all 1 line.
"Scancode Map"= hex:etc,etc
Not
"Scancode
Map"=hex:etc, etc

If you just copy and paste straight into notepad it will be all on 1 line.


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#8
September 18, 2008 at 04:40:47

And, backup your data...

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What a shame
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We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown


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#9
September 18, 2008 at 09:10:26

@ NoIdea:

Sorry, but I'm very limited in that sort of field of knowledge. I've made my way to the directory you showed in Registry Editor, but there is no "Scancode" or anything of the sort. That directory is empty, with a single key with ('undefined') there (my system's in French, in case that changes anything).

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#10
September 18, 2008 at 10:47:29

All you need to do is copy

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout]
"Scancode Map"=hex:00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,02,00,00,00,38,00,46,00,00,00,00,00

into notepad. Click File.. Save As..choose a name you like. I suggest RightAlt_ScrLk.reg
The .reg changes the .txt file to a .reg file.

Scancode Map is not in any directory when you import the .reg file the value will be made.
If this does not appear then you need to make the value. You can post back and I will tell you how to create the value


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#11
September 18, 2008 at 10:57:16

Oh, that's what you meant! Wierd how I didn't get it was a simple copy / paste. Ah well.

One small thing: Before I do that, your states 'version 5.00'. Mine, I've checked, is 'version 5.1'. I'm just wondering if that would change or screw anything up. Compatibility's an issue, is it? (Or do I just change your '5.00' to '5.1'?)

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#12
September 18, 2008 at 11:02:34

If yours says 5.1 then change it. Remember you need to restart for the change to appear.

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#13
September 18, 2008 at 11:27:39

Bumdark
I have now looked on the Internet found this if my explanation is unclear.
http://www.usnetizen.com/fix_capslo...

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#14
September 18, 2008 at 12:00:14

Okay, seems things are even worse (though just slightly). I went to the site you posted, and followed the instructions to the letter (literally).

The key I wanted to change was Scroll Lock, which these days is quite useless. I wanted to give it the function of Left Alt. So, that's what I did. I triple-checked everything, and the binary code I'd written checked out in length, syntax, whatever, each time.

So, I apply it, and reboot the PC (I had set it on a User-basis so it just applied for me, not everyone else who might be ticked). I log on, and now, not only do the Alt Codes still not work, even with the remapped Scroll Lock (pressing Scroll Lock doesn't work any better than Left Alt did), but now, Left Alt doesn't work at all, such as with Ctrl+Alt+Del. (Although perhaps that's intended.) Ctrl+Scroll Lock+Del doesn't work either, so I'm wondering if the remap really worked.

The thing is, the Left Alt worked fine (it toggled the Menu Bars and all just fine), just the Alt Codes didn't work. And now, well, it's not working at all. Might as well not be there.

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#15
September 18, 2008 at 12:56:28

Ok so you did not copy and paste what I had written for you so can you please post what you did do.
Go to [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout]
Right click Keyboard Layout and choose export.
Save as ?.txt then copy and post. You can delete Scancode Map and only Scancode Map should you wish

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#16
September 19, 2008 at 00:46:27

OK Bumdark I do not know how to get you to
copy... paste into notepad...then save as .reg the instructions I have given you. Granted I did not see you having
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.1 that was all you had to change.
So here goes

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout]
"Scancode Map"=hex:00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,02,00,00,00,38,00,46,00,00,00,00,00

This works if you change it, then it will not work. No literal interpretation is required. Copy...paste...save as
Why this is so difficult for you I do not understand. OK I have told you what to do many many times.
Please look at my very first post. I told you to use scroll lock. This remap done exactly as I have told you will not change any other keys whatsoever as you are not telling the computer to change any other keys. If you decide to put your own code into the registry that is up to you. What I have told you to do is 100% correct and will change scroll lock to left_alt. Left_alt would still work you can make as many left_alts as you want the computer does not mind it does as instructed.
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