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Keyboard displays wrong keys

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My Laptop has this issue.

It seems that the Fn key, when pressed, will allow the correct letters to be displayed.

I have tried the options described above and this did not fix the issue... Though I am sure that it is related to the Fn key for definite.

I am not sure if it might be considered relevant but at points, the laptop's screen is turning black as if powered down, though the operating system is still running, and all programs seem to behave as normal. This issue is fixed by a power-down, but returns somewhat quickly.

(It turned out that the numlock key was active, but that pressing the button by itself alone was all that I needed. Sorry for the post)

Edited by spiffyschmoo, 24 November 2009 - 03:42 AM.

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Many laptops will have different solutions. One in particular that I have found to work rather well is pressing the "fn and then holding it and press the "Pad Lock" key. This worked on my Gateway and several others I have used and worked on. Most of the time I found the problem to be if someone had plugged in a wireless keyboard to work from and then tried to use the laptop keyboard later.

Hope this helps some of you.

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate!

I am having a problem where my keyboard displays the wrong keys. For example, the "K" key displays "2" and the "P" key displays "."

I have attempted to adjust the regional settings but they are all set properly. Also I tried to update/reinstall the keyboard and its drivers and that did not help either.

Please someone help soon, I am using a different computer to submit this or I wouldnt be able to type this out properly.


have you tried with a different keyboard?

This is a laptop. The keyboard works fine, everybutton works. Some of the keys just output the wrong key.

Also I noticed the keyboard keys are Correct as far as I can tell pre-login when I type my password to login to windows the keys work fine. After logging in is when some of the keyboard keys start acting up.

See if this helps:
Go to the Control Panel
Click on "Regional and Language Services"
Click on the "Languages" tab
Click on "Details"
Click on "Key Settings"
Select "Switch Between Input Languages" and click "Change Key Sequence"
Make sure all the boxes are unchecked.
Do the same thing with "Switch to... (Keyboard type)"
Click "OK"
Click "OK"
Click "Apply"
Click "Ok"

You should now be fine.

I am having the same problem with my Dell laptop. Many keys are displaying the wrong character - for example, U displays 4, L display 3, K displays 2, etc. I tried the instructions listed however the Key Settings button is disabled. How does this button become enabled?

PS. this has happened to the pc before but it has gone away with a reboot. Seems to have some relationship to when my son uses the laptop to play runescape. May be just a coincidence.


ebizpros –[Keyboard Errors]
2nd Feb 2006

PS. this has happened to the pc before but it has gone away with a reboot. Seems to have some relationship to when my son uses the laptop to play runescape. May be just a coincidence.

Are these games played – [Online/Internet] – Probably have – [ActiveX/COM problems] –

This is a Fine Line Malware Type problem – Can probably be fixed by a [Registry Repair Application] but I recommend posting in the Malware Forum – Be patient – They get 2-3 Posts per Minute -


I had the same problem and finally figured it out. It is a function key problem, but it's not Num Lk, it's the -> fn + sys rq button. This combo will turn on and off this stupid function.

Hope this Helps.

The FIX=

fn + sys rq (fn + end)

I have a laptop running on XP and had the same problem. Thanks for the help. fn + Num Lock worked for me. Only took a few moments to figure out the problem while reading your posts. Spent hours on this problem before. A very special thank you for the help. I shall check this site regularly to see if I might help someone in return. God Bless :)

I think that these suggestions will work for my Dell laptop but I'm not sure I understand how to do it. If can someone please explain it that would be very helpful!

and also maybe these won't work for my problems.
what's going on is that the m key types "mn" and the b key types "vb" and vice versa the other keys work just fine.
the space key is working like enter, but then enter key will do space and enter.

if anyone could help that'd be great! thanks!

i hav the same problem! Pls Tell Me if/how U Fixed it!!!

Well, I finally realized the problem that my computer had. It was a Dell Inspiron 1501. I first thought that maybe it was my keyboard or its settings that were causing the problem (v,b,n,m, and other bottom row keys). I didn’t think that it was a virus or spyware, because they never showed up when I did the scans. But then suddenly when I did virus and spyware scans, a whole bunch were detected. I would always delete the ones it detected, but for some reason some kept coming back. So I decided to do a complete PC restore. And my keyboard works now! I honestly think that it was viruses and spywares that made my keyboard function wrong. Also, I guess my antivirus and antispyware didn’t detect them early enough (two months it detected nothing).

Virus and malware scans are only as good as the updates. Then again the updates may not have the signatures for that particular virus, malware.
Since you did a restore, you probably have that virus in 1 of your restore points. I suggest going to our malware forum to be checked out (link in signature).
be patient, they get quite busy.

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Alt-shift. Simple as that!
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