Keyboard types wrong charachters

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Windows XP laptop. Some charachters work, others type nothing and the rest type the wrong charachters. I reinstalled the keyboard twice, through the control panel and through the device driver, rebooted it both times and ran checkdsk fom the command prompt and nothing changed. What else can I do?
 

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If possible try an external Usb keyboard, if that works ok or you can't get one then continue below.

Try reseating the keyboard cable, using this guide :- http://www.irisvista.com/tech/laptops/ToshibaM35X/satM35X_1.htm

Start with Step 5 then do 6 and 7 then turn the keyboard upside down as shown in the step 8 picture and release the cable as in pic 9 then reconnect it. You only need to remove the 2 keyboard screws in pic 7, you can leave all the other screws alone.
 

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If possible try an external Usb keyboard, if that works ok or you can't get one then continue below.

Try reseating the keyboard cable, using this guide :- http://www.irisvista.com/tech/laptops/ToshibaM35X/satM35X_1.htm

Start with Step 5 then do 6 and 7 then turn the keyboard upside down as shown in the step 8 picture and release the cable as in pic 9 then reconnect it. You only need to remove the 2 keyboard screws in pic 7, you can leave all the other screws alone.
 

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Thanks for thefast reply. However I forgot to state that it is a laptop and just editied my post.. I still hope you have an answer.
 

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I knew it was a laptop, I assumed it was the Toshiba M35X in your profile, is it a different one ?

A Usb external keyboard should work on a laptop and the link is to a guide for dismantling the Toshiba M35 models.
 

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You are right it is a Toshiba! An external keyboard is not practical because it would force the screen too far away. I would like to correct the keyboard errors. I think there must be a way because my Toshiba keyboard started doing that awhile back and somehow it cleared up. Any more ideas?
 

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The external keyboard is just to test the laptop's hardware, not for permanent use. If it works ok then the problem is probably the laptop's own keyboard.

I already posted a link and instructions to check the laptop keyboards connection to the motherboard.
Have you tried that yet ?
 

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Hi Terry,

OK, now I understand. However, I don't have an external keyboard . I saw one link and opened it, but i assume that was to replace the keyboard. I am not sure that is the problem. Couldn't it be an error with one of the components on the mother board? I was hoping it's an error in Windows I could correct.

Leonard
 

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is the keyboard set to usa keyboard in region and language settings
 

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Thank you for your reply. I went to the Windows XP control panel and keyboard settings, but there was no language or country setting. Is there another place where those settings are?

Leonard
 

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Thank you for your reply. I went to the Windows XP control panel, keyboard settings and they are set to USA and the language is set to English. Any other ideas?
Leonard
 

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Thank you for the tip, but I already checked the language and the keyboard which is USA it was OK. Any other ideas?
 

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If some keys do nothing then it's most likely to be a faulty keyboard, having the wrong language settings won't cause that.

I advised you to re-seat the keyboard cable with the help of my link, not to replace the laptop's keyboard. If you don't want to do so that's fine.
 

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Terry I would like to use your1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111 link, but didn't see it. Please send it again.

Thanks,
Leonar
 
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