Keyboard types backwards

July 3, 2005 at 16:36:55
Specs: Win XP Pro SP2, 2GHz 512MB

My collegue's computer has started acting very strangely - she will be in the middle of typing something in Word or Notepad or Dreamweaver or Excel, and suddenly each new letter will start appearing to the LEFT instead of the right of the preceeding letter.

Sometimes this will happen mid-word, for example:

She types AUTUMN

It comes out as AUNMUT

(The AUT come out correctly, then after the T, the next U appears to the left of the T, then the M appears to the left of that U, and finally the N appears to the left of the M).

This happens in both upper- and lower-case, regardless of whether CAPS or SHIFT are being used at the time. As mentioned it often starts mid-word.

I've gone through accessibility options and they're all turned off. I've scanned with Spybot and MS Anti-Spyware and Nortons 2004 and they detected nothing. I've gone into regional and language options and everything is set to English (New Zealand), with the keyboard set to English (United States).

The key combination for switching languages is ALT+SHIFT (a combination my workmate never presses).

This problem seemingly started one day out of nowhere, even though my collegue has had her computer, and it's worked fine, for over a year.

Can anyone help?

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July 3, 2005 at 16:40:31

your collegue's typing to fast and has typos???? :S

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July 3, 2005 at 17:54:06


Umm, NO. I've seen it with my own eyes - she is definitely not making typos.

Any other ideas smart guy? :P

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July 3, 2005 at 17:56:53

Jet, the first thing I'd try (since you already scanned the machine) would be connect another keyboard and see if that helps. There are several possibilities here, but the two that come to my mind are a bad keyboard, or a faulty keyboard controller.

If you're using a PS2 keyboard, and another one does the same thing, try a USB keyboard.

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July 3, 2005 at 19:59:12

I don't think Seth was being a 'smart guy'. It's hard to imagine a PC problem causing something like that to happen.

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July 3, 2005 at 20:39:26

Is the "collegue's computer " a Desktop or Laptop?

If it's a Desktop PC's keyboard that mistypes, and the problem is solved by 'switching to another Keyboard (PS/2 or USB)' as suggested by Jennifer SUMN, I would recommend to perform a thorough cleaning of the Desktop Computer's Keyboard.

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July 4, 2005 at 18:58:02

Thank you all for your help - my collegue's not at work today, but I'll have her try another keyboard tomorrow and see if that helps.
It is a PS2 keyboard, on a PC (not laptop).

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July 27, 2005 at 22:26:55

It was a faulty keyboard - tried it on another PC and the same problem occurred, while using a brand new keyboard has solved the issue.

I feel stupid for not trying this solution earlier - thanks all for your patience!

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