Solved cannot make a question mark or ampersand

February 7, 2014 at 14:30:10
Specs: Windows 7
instead of a question mark I get this é
instead of an ampersand I get this "
both of these are blue on my keyboard
cannot make an apostrophe, when pressed a second time in puts in two (``)

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February 8, 2014 at 13:24:59
After the two parenthesis are created, what happens when you hit backspace? Does it delete one or both of them?

Kind of doubt it is a hardware problem, but it never hurts to check. You could also try using a different keyboard and see if that fixes the problem. Also, make sure you clean out all of the keys, as something like Fn or Alt could be stuck down. I had a keyboard a few years back that would type numbers half the time 'cause of a stuck function key.

Have you tried pressing ' while holding down something other than Shift, like Alt or Ctrl? Again, doubtful, but always possible.

Also, the keyboard didn't come with any software, right? I've never heard of a keyboard that needs drivers installed to operate properly, but if it is programmable or something like peet suggested, you might want to look online on the manufacturers website to be sure.



#1
February 7, 2014 at 15:19:15
Control panel; Clock/Language/Region.
Keyboards and language/Change Keyboards.

Check it's set for your language/region.


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#2
February 7, 2014 at 16:59:55
Dear Peet100, thank you, thank you and thank you for your trouble in answering my question.
Being in Edmonton Canada, I had it set for CANADIAN BILINGUAL and I had FRENCH also. Following your instructions, I went to that spot and set it only for US INTERNATIONAL... and perfect.
I got my: ? @ .... back
The only thing is the apostrophe (2 keys on the right of L. If I hit it, nothing comes, I hit it a second time and 2 apostrophes come. In capital letter: if I hit it once to get the ampersand, nothing comes, I hit it a second time and I get it twice "".

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#3
February 7, 2014 at 20:35:18
What happens when you hit it once, type something, and hit it again? If the text appears inside of the " ", then most likely whatever you are trying to type into has some setting that modifies how the parenthesis are created.

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#4
February 7, 2014 at 21:13:58
I understand your thinking.
But no, the word doesn't get in between 2 apostrophes.
So, like before, type once on the apostrophe and nothing shows, type a second time and I get 2 consecutive apostrophes.

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#5
February 8, 2014 at 03:18:38
How do you cope in Canada? Do you have to choose between French and US/English keyboards, or is some kind of hybrid keyboard available.

Maybe it's a multilingual/programmable keyboard (if such a thing exists). It's just I'm confused with your reference to 'blue'. I associate the' blue' with extra functions, associated with the Fn key (Prnt Scrn/Vol+-/Brigtness+-. etc.

I was assuming a standard English/USA-type, keyboard.
Not heard of a USA International option. I would have thought you'd be, location; Canada. Keyboard; English USA (Canada?)... Whatever, I'm UK so have a different K'board and UK version of Windows 8 - thus maybe not best placed to advise further....

But, out of curiosity:
Did this delay/duplication only occur after you changed the language/region settings?
If so, try another Language/keyboard setting, maybe English/Canada, or English USA options, or whatever.

If it persists as a specific key problem in spite of language/region changes:

The @ and " keys are separate keys - yes?
They're dual function keys. Probably apostrophe, as primary, and +shift-key for quotation mark?

What happens with and without the use of the shift key? Do you get the same lag/repetition with both characters on each key?

A long shot: I wonder if some keys could be a little flakey; a biscuit crumb under a key, or liquid spill on the keyboard?

Apologies for the meandering reply... Just thinking aloud.

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February 8, 2014 at 13:24:59
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After the two parenthesis are created, what happens when you hit backspace? Does it delete one or both of them?

Kind of doubt it is a hardware problem, but it never hurts to check. You could also try using a different keyboard and see if that fixes the problem. Also, make sure you clean out all of the keys, as something like Fn or Alt could be stuck down. I had a keyboard a few years back that would type numbers half the time 'cause of a stuck function key.

Have you tried pressing ' while holding down something other than Shift, like Alt or Ctrl? Again, doubtful, but always possible.

Also, the keyboard didn't come with any software, right? I've never heard of a keyboard that needs drivers installed to operate properly, but if it is programmable or something like peet suggested, you might want to look online on the manufacturers website to be sure.


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#7
February 8, 2014 at 15:14:03
Thank you guys for your trouble.
Apostrophe/parenthesis key.
It started out of a sudden, then I went to the language setting and it solved the fact that I was unable to type the @.
The @ and ' keys are different.
The keyboard/tower/monitor are only a month old.
Obstruction not suspected.
With or without the use of the shift key, it doesn't change anything.
After the two parenthesis are created, one is deleted if I hit the backspace; same with the apostrophes.
I have tried while holding down the Atl and Ctrl.
No software with the keyboard (ASUS).
I am bringing the keyboard/tower on Tuesday to Staples when the tech guy gets back.
I must confess that I probably have 1% of you guys' knowledge !

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