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January 20, 2013 6:12:17 AM

i just formatted an Asus m6000 MR6 laptop that i inherited from a friend, and re-installed windows xp and ever since, i'll be typing merrily away then all of a sudden it wont enter text any further, but instead each key opens a new window... esc opens start menu, f opens a weird search box off to the right etc.. once this begins, i cannot enter text anywhere, not even in system search....

how do i turn this off? its driving me nuts! the only thing that stops it is rebooting, and then it starts again 5 minutes later..

ive also had issues with the cursor jumping places within what im typing, as well as the browser window spontaneously jumping back several pages...

any ideas? as you can probably tell, im not hugely computer literate, but i have managed to fix all my own problems for the last decade or so thanks to forums like this one, so im hoping you guys can help again!

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January 20, 2013 6:40:49 AM

Since you have a fresh OS install, the issue is likely hardware. Try disabling the touch pad first. If that doesn't work try an external keyboard. If the external keyboard resolves the issues, then a good cleaning or possibly keyboard replacement is in order.
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February 11, 2013 2:01:05 AM

WHY does everyone assume its an issue with hardware or keyboard cleanliness or damage? I have the SAME issue with a brand new asus X401u laptop (Windows 7), no new installs, no spills, no damage. It happens when I get distracted while typing and instead of hitting letters I MUST be hitting some key or combination of keys that changes the functionality of the keyboard from standard to macro. It is easily fixed when I restart the computer but that gets very aggravating, especially when I am in the middle of a test. I am looking for the correct answer that pertains to a certain keystroke I must be evoking to elicit this unwanted reaction from my computer. It turns my letters into functions such as F for search or H for history, O for control panel, S for start menu. Any keys that aren't attributed to a certain command response resounds with an audible (DING) when pressed. The backspace seems to be the only key that results in some form of character, and that manifests as a useless square. And no, it is NOT a combination of the FN+num lk keys. Yes that does change the keyboards functions, but that is an entirely different setup that replaces the letters with numbers and symbols rather than DINGS and Commands.

So, if anyone else has a theory that doesn't involve hardware issues, non-existent accidents, reprogramming my computer, or downloading, or deleting functions from my perfectly good brand new laptop and actually knows what keystroke/s it is I am using to manipulate the functions of my computer so that I can recreate the same sequence of events to manually correct the keyboard issues, I would appreciate any advice you may have.
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February 11, 2013 6:13:29 AM

kn1gh1ngale said:
WHY does everyone assume its an issue with hardware or keyboard cleanliness or damage?


Because we have worked on laptops. Laptop keyboards and their connections to the mainboard are delicate things.


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March 19, 2013 7:07:14 PM

kn1gh1ngale said:
WHY does everyone assume its an issue with hardware or keyboard cleanliness or damage? I have the SAME issue with a brand new asus X401u laptop (Windows 7), no new installs, no spills, no damage. It happens when I get distracted while typing and instead of hitting letters I MUST be hitting some key or combination of keys that changes the functionality of the keyboard from standard to macro. It is easily fixed when I restart the computer but that gets very aggravating, especially when I am in the middle of a test. I am looking for the correct answer that pertains to a certain keystroke I must be evoking to elicit this unwanted reaction from my computer. It turns my letters into functions such as F for search or H for history, O for control panel, S for start menu. Any keys that aren't attributed to a certain command response resounds with an audible (DING) when pressed. The backspace seems to be the only key that results in some form of character, and that manifests as a useless square. And no, it is NOT a combination of the FN+num lk keys. Yes that does change the keyboards functions, but that is an entirely different setup that replaces the letters with numbers and symbols rather than DINGS and Commands.

So, if anyone else has a theory that doesn't involve hardware issues, non-existent accidents, reprogramming my computer, or downloading, or deleting functions from my perfectly good brand new laptop and actually knows what keystroke/s it is I am using to manipulate the functions of my computer so that I can recreate the same sequence of events to manually correct the keyboard issues, I would appreciate any advice you may have.



have you figured this out? this happens to me all the time. usually during a game. grrr. i built an entirely new computer just to get the same issue...and i have a wireless keyboard
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August 24, 2013 10:13:48 AM

I get this problem frequently as well. To fix it hold down the right "SHIFT" key until you hear a beep. Click yes on the pop-up and try to type. If it doesn't work, repeat holding the shift key again until you hear another beep. The ability to type should have returned.
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October 5, 2013 12:50:47 PM

Nilotec said:
I get this problem frequently as well. To fix it hold down the right "SHIFT" key until you hear a beep. Click yes on the pop-up and try to type. If it doesn't work, repeat holding the shift key again until you hear another beep. The ability to type should have returned.


Thank you so much for your help! It worked :)  You are a genius, appreciate you shared this advice. I was getting really hopeless and frustrated here. All the best and thank again. Monika
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