Keyboard problems with my laptop

By Matrim ยท 50 replies
Mar 22, 2005
  1. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Take the laptop in for repair. A keyboard replacement is not difficult, but it is best done by a technician
  2. Shini

    Shini TS Rookie

    big problem with my laptop.
    whenever i hit certain keys, the cursor starts scrolling to the left. For example, whenever i try to type "mountain," this is what comes out: mntaniuo. Or when i go to type "youtube" i get ytbeuuo. the keys dont all do this, only the q w e r u i o p and the right shift keys cause this to happen. the scrolling stops once i hit an unaffected key. on top of this, the left arrow key doesnt work either. plz help ive cleaned my keyboard allready and ive had no change.
  3. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Try replacing the keyboard. Just how did you clean the keyboard? Did you remove it from the laptop, or disconnect the interface cable from the laptop to the motherboard?
  4. alexv

    alexv TS Rookie

    The Reason for this accident is because, you are trying to adjust the the Brightness on your screen, you accidently hit Fn- F9 instead of Fn- F8.............. I recently had a problem with my laptop gateway 6750 and my keyboard was crazy I had half of my keyboard not working after many hours of searching and frustration:confused: I found the solution, and I found it here on I was already thinking of buying a new laptop thanks I thankx guys.:grinthumb

    I had the same problem , I hope you've fix this problem, and its because you hit fn-then F9 on the keyboard, hit it back and your keyboard will be back to normal.
  5. dddoddd

    dddoddd TS Rookie

    Attaching an alternate keyboard

    If you ever attached an alternate regular pc keyboard with the numlock on, your laptop might then think the numlock is on even when you detach it, causing the 5 to type instead of the i.
    Happened to me - I could not get the numlock to turn off.
    Just attach the alternate keyboard again, turn off the numlock on the alternate keyboard, and then detach it. Your laptop keyboard should then start working again normally.
  6. asweiger

    asweiger TS Rookie

    Gateway laptop different issue :)

    Here is my issue:
    If you press the "a" key and then the "n" key it will open a new window or a save as window. It does this in Office, Notepad, IE and windows journal. Also if you hold down the "a", "q" or the "z" they only type one not multiples.

    Steps I have taken to correct the issue:

    the OS has been restored
    the keyboard has been replaced
    no sticky keys
    no toggle keys
    no filter keys
  7. KayC1971

    KayC1971 TS Rookie

    Jumping T's

    I have a keyboard problem!

    When I type and use the T key, it takes what's ever after the T and jumps somewhere above that line [can be anywhere really] and starts the sentence I am writing there in the middle of another sentence. It's driving me nuts.

    Here is an example of what happens if I don't watch the screen; and I can't do that cause I look at my keys

    I have to shut off my computer to get it to copy and paste and I don't want to do that right now, so remind me I have some stuff on scrato [oh my God work; I get to the T in want and it jumps back between the O and P in scrapblog] thepblog I want finjumpr [again 2 more time in the process of typing one line; jumped from to up here, and then as I was telling you that; it jumped back again even more] er and it iaftsh [damn it

    has anyone else had random letter jumping?
  8. vinxi

    vinxi TS Rookie


    Just a laptop user...looking for solutions, found something on this site that helped. Thanks!

  9. vinxi

    vinxi TS Rookie

    So the problem I've been having has been making it almost impossible to type, and I write a lot and am a fast typist. (seems to be doing better now, but just in case...)

    What happens is certain letters will cause right-click menus to randomly open, stopping me in the middle of whatever I'm typing. Sometimes, what I'm typing will just be deleted and I have to start over again. It seems to happen most with periods, "l," "m," shift, and "c," which appears to simply be jammed anyway.


    I tried the hold Fn and press F9 option I saw here, and that seemed to help reduce the number of times this is happening, but even as I type now it's still a problem. Any thoughts would be helpful! Thanks.

    Btw I have a Gateway.
  10. wkirkl1051

    wkirkl1051 TS Rookie

    Hi everyone I am new to this site. But I have a Toshiba A215 and when I hit the " s " key the "w" comes up with it also " sw " this does it on others keys but with different letters. The backspace does not work either. I have replace the keyboard hoping that would help. But it still has the same problem. Has anyone come accros the problem Thanks for any help you can give.
  11. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    The keyboard may be dirty or it may need replacement
  12. Chengzkie

    Chengzkie TS Rookie

    commas all over

    i ho,p,e you understand my po,st..,.,
    well,,o,bviously commas keep appearing on my screen even though im not touching it.
    im havin' a hard time doing backspaces while typing specially when logging in to a site.
    my laptop is an hp omnibook xe4100. another thing is that the touchpad wont click sometimes that i have to go with the button.
    the comma thing happened before but for a day only cuz the next day it fixed itself. ha-ha.
    i dunno how. This time is different cuz ,its, been occuring for almost a week now.

    ,,,good, thing ,c,omm,as right there d,o,nt ap,p,ear, as much as it of,ten app,ear!,
    ,like now! its ap,p,earing agai,n!,
  13. JenTok

    JenTok TS Rookie

    Have you tried to plug in a usb keyborad?
  14. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Your keyboard might be dirty too. Did you ever spill any liquid or drop food on the keyboard?
  15. Chengzkie

    Chengzkie TS Rookie


    yup, i tried p,l,ugging in a,, usb ke,yboa,rd. and the co,mmas still, ke,ep, o,n appe,aring.
    and ive al,ready cl,eaned my l,a,p,,to,p, k,eyboa,rd.
  16. TranquilPsycho

    TranquilPsycho TS Rookie

    ok this is the solution. its not Fn -F9 I did Fn and Scroll Lck and now my buttons work fine again! try Fn and the scroll button located next to F12
  17. tenorman

    tenorman TS Rookie

    Laptop Keyboard Problem

    On my Acer Extensa 2000 I also plugged in a usb keyboard and had this problem. I found pushing the Number Lk key (F11) did not fix it, I had to hold down the 'Fn' key (bottom left) and then hit the F11 and it fixed it ok.
  18. Imaginecat22

    Imaginecat22 TS Rookie

    I am also having a keyboard issue with my M-Series Gateway lappy. When I press the 'L' key, it logs me out, and when I press 'E' it opens 'Computer'. 'U' opens 'Ease of Access' and 'R' opens 'Run'. I think a few other keys open some other windows shortcuts, but without it right here with me, I don't remember them all. However, for three or four months, the problem could be solved by starting the on-screen keyboard, double clicking the windows key, then double clicking it again, and just copy/pasting the letter 'l' when needed. The rest of the keys would work as normal. .I tried a USB keyboard, with the same results, and I also bought a new keyboard, which also produced the same results. However, Windows 7 came out, and I tried to upgrade it, only to find that Gateway had installed something that disallows any OS besides Vista to be used on their computers. When I put Vista back on, however, the problem seemed to be solved. It had wiped my harddrive, but I had backed up what I needed so it wasn't a problem. Three days later, the problem returned with a vengence. My friend who is good with computers suggested that I should try cleaning under the keyboard, and since I'm kindof a clutz, I figured it was a good idea. I took out the alcohol and cotton balls, and did what I thought was a good job (apparently I didn't do much). I put the keyboard back and found that I had accidentally disconnected it, but itstead of trying to plug it back in, I tried the USB keyboard again and it worked. For one day. Now my control panel dissappeared, along with Ease of Access (no On-Screen keyboard fix) and the problem is back with a vengence. Any solutions besides buying a new lappy? This is my last chance haha.
  19. springfee

    springfee TS Rookie

    Hi! I have an Asus F3Sseries and some months ago i had to send it to repair due to a problem in sound. When i had it back, the key used for ">" and "<" didn't worked. If i clicked on it, it would work as "~" and "^". I searched if it was a language not well set, but everything was ok. Now, i dunno what to do. It's a hardware problem and only in a repair shop they can solve this or is there anyway to me to solve it?
  20. poppy10

    poppy10 TS Rookie

    Any Ideas??

    I'm having a similar problem, but its not quite like those that have been mentioned. My laptop is about 2 years old and has always been in good condition. I went away for about a year and boxed it up where it remained untouched until I returned.

    Since then, I cant type the letters 't' or 'y' as they show up with the two letters beneath them, ('t' comes up as tg and 'y' as yh!) and vice versa. All the other keys work fine. a friend advised me to buy a can of compressed air and really spray these two keys to clean them, but does anyone know if that sounds like a likely solution or is it something more serious? I've pasted this sentence again so you can see how frustrating it is before I to back and delete all the extra letters!! please help!! thanks! BTW its an 'e-system' laptop and standard ps/2 keyboard.

    -I'm yhavintg a similar problem, butg itgs notg quitge like tgyhose tgyhatg yhave been mentgioned. Myh laptgop is aboutg 2 yhears old and yhas alwayhs been in tgood conditgion. I wentg away for aboutg a year and boxed itg ip wyhere itg remained untgoucyhed untgil I retgurned.
  21. RealityEclipse1

    RealityEclipse1 TS Rookie

    Gateway Keyboard Problems

    In response to :

    "The Reason for this accident is because, you are trying to adjust the the Brightness on your screen, you accidently hit Fn- F9 instead of Fn- F8.............. I recently had a problem with my laptop gateway 6750 and my keyboard was crazy I had half of my keyboard not working after many hours of searching and frustration I found the solution, and I found it here on I was already thinking of buying a new laptop thanks I thankx guys."

    My keyboard on my gateway laptop has recently been turning on the the numlock on it's own upon bootup about every 2-3 days. The problem is that not only is it doing it on it's own (i have no reason to and have never pressed fn + scroll which is what turns on my num lock) but that pressing them again will not turn it off.

    I'm sharing my problem because I have been using a temporary solution that may help out others of you who's keys are typing the wrong thing, and it doesn't require the use of the keyboard.

    When I boot up if my keyboard isn't working properly I simply navigate to device manager and uninstall the keyboard. This will prompt for a reboot in order to finish. Do so. Upon reboot windows finds the keyboard through plug n play and installs it, this requires another restart. After the second restart, about %80 of the time, viola, keyboard restored to working order. I hope that helps some of you having the same kinds of issues.

    Now my second reason for posting this is because I would like to know if anyone has any ideas why my keyboard is perfectly fine for a couple days, and then does this? It's obviously not the keys or it wouldn't be working fine after the uninstall/reinstall. My 2 guesses are windows having problems with the version of the driver (though I have dl'd and installed the driver straight from gateway trying this as a fix,) or that there's a problem going on with the board where the laptop connects internally, whether it's the connection, the board, the keyboard, I'm not sure, but something keeps causing it to do this and i really don't have a good place to start diagnosing. Any suggestions?
  22. rexpepper123

    rexpepper123 TS Rookie

    keyboard problems

    it scrolls by itself like tabs stuck, enters on it
  23. Gamy

    Gamy TS Rookie

    Keyboard problem

    I have a gateway laptop with the 'r' not working. Rest everything is fine.
    Can anyone help.
    Thanks in advance
  24. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    There is probably some dirt or debris under the "R" key. If you are very careful, gently pop off the "R" key cap and use canned air to blow out the dirt. Snap the key cap back on
  25. Gamy

    Gamy TS Rookie

    r key

    Thanks tmagic650 but I tried this and there is no change. What other options could I look into
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