Keyboard on Windows 7 only typing ÁÉÍÓÚ

May 10, 2014 at 10:12:15
Specs: Windows 7
My girlfriend's dad's computer is only typing these vowels on they keyboard, nothing else. I noticed you had entered late into a thread about this earlier in the year, in January. Is there any chance I could get some help fixing this for him? We just upgraded from Windows XP to 7 for him on a p.o.s. old machine with only about 35GB.

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#1
May 10, 2014 at 12:51:38
If you can provide a link to the other thread it might save repeating any suggestions that didn't help. Also could you let us know the make and model number of the computer - laptop or PC etc.

Have you tried another keyboard (external one if it is a laptop)?

Did this happen after the upgrade?

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#2
May 10, 2014 at 13:14:54
http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...

seems to deal with this issue; and suggests a sticking "alt" key may be the cause?

And another hit from:

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_do_yo...

suggests pressing "crtl" and "shift" at the same time may (will?) turn the accents off?

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#3
May 10, 2014 at 13:19:26
Aha. If a sticking Alt key is the culprit then you could try tapping it hard a dozen or so times (with the computer powered off). This sometimes fixes sticking keys - at least for a while. Otherwise it might be new keyboard time.

Just for info, most keyboard issues turn out to be due to the keyboard itself.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#4
May 10, 2014 at 13:25:14
Sometimes the sticky key can be freed by removing the key cap/cover and cleaning around the area with isopropyl alchohol - via a small paint brush - artist type. But ensure that power is off and battery removed too if on a laptop, before doing any cleaning routines...

Sometimes the wee head or lump that the actual key cap/cover depresses is gummed up and cleaning as above will free it.


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#6
May 10, 2014 at 22:26:53
The OP in Trvlr's first link says it works fine 'dos mode' making a stuck ALT key unlikely. I don't know if 'dos mode' is a command prompt window or safe mode--command prompt but you might try either or both and see how the keyboard works.

A few postings suggest resetting the regional and language settings in control panel.


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#7
May 11, 2014 at 10:10:08
I know almost nothing about this, but the language setting was the
first thing I thought of. Is there any reason it does not look like a
language setting to you guys?

Control Panel > Region and Language > Keyboards and Languages

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#8
May 11, 2014 at 10:19:31
It could be language; but I think in French (at least) they use both accented and unaccented vowels...?

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#9
May 11, 2014 at 21:07:05
Yeah, that makes sense. If a language has accented vowels,
it almost certainly has the same vowels unaccented!

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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