Gateway laptop Keyboard Config Off?

Gateway Mt6705 notebook
June 10, 2010 at 15:44:00
Specs: Vista SP1
Hey everyone,
My Gateway laptop has gone nuts. Every time I hit a key, it types multiple other keys surrounding it- For example, the letter 'E' types '4es5', 'P' types '8*+' and regularly used keys like backspace type a '\' or line.

I've already tried the following:
-Uninstalling and reinstalling vista keyboard driver
-Made sure layout is set to U.S. standard layout
-Restored all BIOS default settings
-Hit various combinations of keys suggested on other forums, like FN + Scroll Lock, FN + NumLock, Control and Alt with the keylocks.

It appears the problem is hardware related because it does the same thing when I boot to DOS or type in a live linux distro. An external USB keyboard works fine but obviously I don't want to have to lug that around with a laptop.

Thanks for any suggestions! I'm baffled..

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June 10, 2010 at 17:40:21
I'd try tilting the laptop up vertically and spraying compressed air under the keys to try to dislodge any debris underneath it. Don't spare the air, get it nice & clean.

If that doesn't work, try removing the keyboard and reseating the connection per the documentation here on Pg. 7-8:

If that doesn't work, it could be a hardware issue, but I have also seen Trojan viruses do that to keyboards. Make sure your system Anti-Virus is up to date. And you may want to scan with other Anti-Malware tools like MalwareBytes, SpyBot Search & Destroy and A-Squared Free.

Just another stupid saying...

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