Gateway laptop Keyboard gone insane!

Gateway Mt6705 notebook
April 22, 2010 at 14:00:41
Specs: Vista SP1
I have a Gateway laptop (about 1 year old with Vista) with and my keyboard has gone into some sort of odd mode where pressing keys either lead to opening a Vista shortcut or types the wrong letter. For example, whenever I hit the 'D' key it shows the Desktop, the 'H' key displays Help and 'R' opens the Run dialog. Other keys such as backspace type a dash and the space bar types the "3 W", all the keys simply type the wrong letter. Ive tried turning on and off numlock, capslock, scroll-lock,etc. to no avail. I do not think the computer is stuck into some sort of different Vista keyboard configuration, instead it seems it is a hardware related issue. Thus far I've done a full virus/spyware scan, have created a new different user account where it does the same thing, and used System Restore to go back to settings from a week ago. I've also uninstalled and re-installed the basic Vista keyboard driver. For a few days, an external usb keyboard and the On-screen keyboard worked fine but now out of nowhere it does the same thing with defaulting to shortcuts and displaying the wrong characters. The only other possible think I could think of is whether or not it is a bios-related issue? Thanks for your time!

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April 22, 2010 at 19:29:57
It sounds like one of the windows keys is stuck on. That's the keys with the Windows flag. Try tapping on them to see if you can break it loose.

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April 23, 2010 at 02:30:35
i remember that happening to me on win 98 lol. A friend of mine had it happen to them recently, and she told me it turned out to be a virus. Maybe try a different scanner. Avast has never let me down.


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