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keyboard issue

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by lenny109, Feb 2, 2010.

  1. lenny109

    lenny109 Flightless Bird

    Hi,
    I have a Toshiba Equium laptop with XP Home installed. The keyboard has
    suddenly gone weird. When I press the Q key it types Qaz, if I press it
    again it will be Aqz and then various other variations of those letters each
    time. A also types different as does many other keys. Some don't type
    anything, the N seems to have turned into the insert key. Delete doesn't
    work but backspace, R, T, U and others work fine. the caps lock key doesn't
    work but V seems to turn caps on and off. I have reformatted the drive and
    reinstalled XP. I have also gone into the Bios and reset it to defaults but
    the keyboard is still exactly the same.

    Any ideas what it might be?

    Cheers
    Lenny
     
  2. smlunatick

    smlunatick Flightless Bird

    On Feb 2, 8:36 pm, "lenny109" <le...@thetakeout.com> wrote:
    > Hi,
    > I have a Toshiba Equium laptop with XP Home installed. The keyboard has
    > suddenly gone weird. When I press the Q key it types Qaz, if I press it
    > again it will be Aqz and then various other variations of those letters each
    > time. A also types different as does many other keys. Some don't type
    > anything, the N seems to have turned into the insert key. Delete doesn't
    > work but backspace, R, T, U and others work fine. the caps lock key doesn't
    > work but V seems to turn caps on and off. I have reformatted the drive and
    > reinstalled XP. I have also gone into the Bios and reset it to defaults but
    > the keyboard is still exactly the same.
    >
    > Any ideas what it might be?
    >
    > Cheers
    > Lenny


    The description seems to indicate that the laptop might have a big
    problem with the keyboard controller. If you can connect a USB
    keyboard to it, try a USB keyboard.
     
  3. LVTravel

    LVTravel Flightless Bird

    "smlunatick" <yveslec@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:bf6a761b-14c1-49c8-81e0-fbc330c0cd6f@r24g2000yqd.googlegroups.com...
    > On Feb 2, 8:36 pm, "lenny109" <le...@thetakeout.com> wrote:
    >> Hi,
    >> I have a Toshiba Equium laptop with XP Home installed. The keyboard has
    >> suddenly gone weird. When I press the Q key it types Qaz, if I press it
    >> again it will be Aqz and then various other variations of those letters
    >> each
    >> time. A also types different as does many other keys. Some don't type
    >> anything, the N seems to have turned into the insert key. Delete doesn't
    >> work but backspace, R, T, U and others work fine. the caps lock key
    >> doesn't
    >> work but V seems to turn caps on and off. I have reformatted the drive
    >> and
    >> reinstalled XP. I have also gone into the Bios and reset it to defaults
    >> but
    >> the keyboard is still exactly the same.
    >>
    >> Any ideas what it might be?
    >>
    >> Cheers
    >> Lenny

    >
    > The description seems to indicate that the laptop might have a big
    > problem with the keyboard controller. If you can connect a USB
    > keyboard to it, try a USB keyboard.


    What happens when you go into safe mode and start using those keys at a
    command prompt. Do the keys still act strange? Keyboard issues as
    smlunatick says.

    And if this suggestion fails it is definitely time to send it off for
    repairs. If under warranty to Toshiba and if not under warranty then looks
    like a trip to a laptop repair company but NOT a big box store. Get an
    estimate as it may be more cost effective to replace rather than repair not
    checking how old this laptop is.
     
  4. lenny109

    lenny109 Flightless Bird

    laptop is about 5 years old and the same problem occurs in safe mode


    "LVTravel" <none@nothere.com> wrote in message
    news:u9cZfMFpKHA.3776@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >
    >
    > "smlunatick" <yveslec@gmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:bf6a761b-14c1-49c8-81e0-fbc330c0cd6f@r24g2000yqd.googlegroups.com...
    >> On Feb 2, 8:36 pm, "lenny109" <le...@thetakeout.com> wrote:
    >>> Hi,
    >>> I have a Toshiba Equium laptop with XP Home installed. The keyboard has
    >>> suddenly gone weird. When I press the Q key it types Qaz, if I press it
    >>> again it will be Aqz and then various other variations of those letters
    >>> each
    >>> time. A also types different as does many other keys. Some don't type
    >>> anything, the N seems to have turned into the insert key. Delete doesn't
    >>> work but backspace, R, T, U and others work fine. the caps lock key
    >>> doesn't
    >>> work but V seems to turn caps on and off. I have reformatted the drive
    >>> and
    >>> reinstalled XP. I have also gone into the Bios and reset it to defaults
    >>> but
    >>> the keyboard is still exactly the same.
    >>>
    >>> Any ideas what it might be?
    >>>
    >>> Cheers
    >>> Lenny

    >>
    >> The description seems to indicate that the laptop might have a big
    >> problem with the keyboard controller. If you can connect a USB
    >> keyboard to it, try a USB keyboard.

    >
    > What happens when you go into safe mode and start using those keys at a
    > command prompt. Do the keys still act strange? Keyboard issues as
    > smlunatick says.
    >
    > And if this suggestion fails it is definitely time to send it off for
    > repairs. If under warranty to Toshiba and if not under warranty then
    > looks like a trip to a laptop repair company but NOT a big box store. Get
    > an estimate as it may be more cost effective to replace rather than repair
    > not checking how old this laptop is.
    >
    >
    >
     
  5. Pegasus [MVP]

    Pegasus [MVP] Flightless Bird

    "lenny109" <lenny@thetakeout.com> said this in news item
    news:YaOdna_qXd1YEfXWnZ2dnUVZ7rKdnZ2d@pipex.net...
    > Hi,
    > I have a Toshiba Equium laptop with XP Home installed. The keyboard has
    > suddenly gone weird. When I press the Q key it types Qaz, if I press it
    > again it will be Aqz and then various other variations of those letters
    > each time. A also types different as does many other keys. Some don't type
    > anything, the N seems to have turned into the insert key. Delete doesn't
    > work but backspace, R, T, U and others work fine. the caps lock key
    > doesn't work but V seems to turn caps on and off. I have reformatted the
    > drive and reinstalled XP. I have also gone into the Bios and reset it to
    > defaults but the keyboard is still exactly the same.
    >
    > Any ideas what it might be?
    >
    > Cheers
    > Lenny


    Re-installing Windows is a little drastic. Much easier to download a Windows
    7 Repair CD .iso file from
    http://neosmart.net/blog/2009/windows-7-system-repair-discs/. Burn it to a
    CD, then boot your machine with it and select Safe Mode Command Prompt,
    Repair, Command Prompt. You can now test the keyboard independently of your
    WinXP installation. Keep the CD - it is quite a powerful tool when repairing
    a PC.
     
  6. LVTravel

    LVTravel Flightless Bird

    "lenny109" <lenny@thetakeout.com> wrote in message
    news:r7mdnTlp3OGkP_XWnZ2dnUVZ8lWdnZ2d@pipex.net...
    > laptop is about 5 years old and the same problem occurs in safe mode
    >
    >
    > "LVTravel" <none@nothere.com> wrote in message
    > news:u9cZfMFpKHA.3776@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >>
    >>
    >> "smlunatick" <yveslec@gmail.com> wrote in message
    >> news:bf6a761b-14c1-49c8-81e0-fbc330c0cd6f@r24g2000yqd.googlegroups.com...
    >>> On Feb 2, 8:36 pm, "lenny109" <le...@thetakeout.com> wrote:
    >>>> Hi,
    >>>> I have a Toshiba Equium laptop with XP Home installed. The keyboard has
    >>>> suddenly gone weird. When I press the Q key it types Qaz, if I press it
    >>>> again it will be Aqz and then various other variations of those letters
    >>>> each
    >>>> time. A also types different as does many other keys. Some don't type
    >>>> anything, the N seems to have turned into the insert key. Delete
    >>>> doesn't
    >>>> work but backspace, R, T, U and others work fine. the caps lock key
    >>>> doesn't
    >>>> work but V seems to turn caps on and off. I have reformatted the drive
    >>>> and
    >>>> reinstalled XP. I have also gone into the Bios and reset it to defaults
    >>>> but
    >>>> the keyboard is still exactly the same.
    >>>>
    >>>> Any ideas what it might be?
    >>>>
    >>>> Cheers
    >>>> Lenny
    >>>
    >>> The description seems to indicate that the laptop might have a big
    >>> problem with the keyboard controller. If you can connect a USB
    >>> keyboard to it, try a USB keyboard.

    >>
    >> What happens when you go into safe mode and start using those keys at a
    >> command prompt. Do the keys still act strange? Keyboard issues as
    >> smlunatick says.
    >>
    >> And if this suggestion fails it is definitely time to send it off for
    >> repairs. If under warranty to Toshiba and if not under warranty then
    >> looks like a trip to a laptop repair company but NOT a big box store.
    >> Get an estimate as it may be more cost effective to replace rather than
    >> repair not checking how old this laptop is.
    >>
    >>
    >>

    >
    >


    Well, it would not be under warranty after that time. I would now recommend
    downloading and creating the recovery disk that Pegasus shows or if you have
    any other disk that can boot into a DOS environment (an old bootable floppy
    disk or even a true XP install CD will do it) to test the keyboard. If it
    still malfunctions in a DOS type environment it is then time to either bite
    the bullet and have it repaired or the laptop replaced. It is sometimes
    hard to get rid of old friends but sometimes it is necessary.
     
  7. Unknown

    Unknown Flightless Bird

    Will that CD really work on an XP system?
    "Pegasus [MVP]" <news@microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:%23$0g9XFpKHA.3948@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >
    >
    > "lenny109" <lenny@thetakeout.com> said this in news item
    > news:YaOdna_qXd1YEfXWnZ2dnUVZ7rKdnZ2d@pipex.net...
    >> Hi,
    >> I have a Toshiba Equium laptop with XP Home installed. The keyboard has
    >> suddenly gone weird. When I press the Q key it types Qaz, if I press it
    >> again it will be Aqz and then various other variations of those letters
    >> each time. A also types different as does many other keys. Some don't
    >> type anything, the N seems to have turned into the insert key. Delete
    >> doesn't work but backspace, R, T, U and others work fine. the caps lock
    >> key doesn't work but V seems to turn caps on and off. I have reformatted
    >> the drive and reinstalled XP. I have also gone into the Bios and reset it
    >> to defaults but the keyboard is still exactly the same.
    >>
    >> Any ideas what it might be?
    >>
    >> Cheers
    >> Lenny

    >
    > Re-installing Windows is a little drastic. Much easier to download a
    > Windows 7 Repair CD .iso file from
    > http://neosmart.net/blog/2009/windows-7-system-repair-discs/. Burn it to a
    > CD, then boot your machine with it and select Safe Mode Command Prompt,
    > Repair, Command Prompt. You can now test the keyboard independently of
    > your WinXP installation. Keep the CD - it is quite a powerful tool when
    > repairing a PC.
     
  8. Pegasus [MVP]

    Pegasus [MVP] Flightless Bird

    "Unknown" <unknown@unknown.kom> said this in news item
    news:#$MiysOpKHA.2076@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > Will that CD really work on an XP system?


    It does not care what OS is installed but certain functions will not work on
    WinXP (e.g. System Restore, Image Restore).
     
  9. lenny109

    lenny109 Flightless Bird

    I have a BartPE disk so I will give it a go this evening. Will post back
    shortly. Thanks for advice.


    "Pegasus [MVP]" <news@microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:6769D9DA-0F15-4328-88FC-ED1C0F4EEFC3@microsoft.com...
    >
    >
    > "Unknown" <unknown@unknown.kom> said this in news item
    > news:#$MiysOpKHA.2076@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >> Will that CD really work on an XP system?

    >
    > It does not care what OS is installed but certain functions will not work
    > on WinXP (e.g. System Restore, Image Restore).
     
  10. lenny109

    lenny109 Flightless Bird

    It looks like it must be the keyboard controller. No difference in safe
    mode, or using a bartpe startup disk but a usb keyboard works just fine. How
    much does it cost to have something like this repaired or is it a
    replacement MB needed in which case a new laptop is needed or just use the
    usb keyboard of course.


    "lenny109" <lenny@thetakeout.com> wrote in message
    news:YaOdna_qXd1YEfXWnZ2dnUVZ7rKdnZ2d@pipex.net...
    > Hi,
    > I have a Toshiba Equium laptop with XP Home installed. The keyboard has
    > suddenly gone weird. When I press the Q key it types Qaz, if I press it
    > again it will be Aqz and then various other variations of those letters
    > each time. A also types different as does many other keys. Some don't type
    > anything, the N seems to have turned into the insert key. Delete doesn't
    > work but backspace, R, T, U and others work fine. the caps lock key
    > doesn't work but V seems to turn caps on and off. I have reformatted the
    > drive and reinstalled XP. I have also gone into the Bios and reset it to
    > defaults but the keyboard is still exactly the same.
    >
    > Any ideas what it might be?
    >
    > Cheers
    > Lenny
    >
     
  11. Patrick Keenan

    Patrick Keenan Flightless Bird

    "lenny109" <lenny@thetakeout.com> wrote in message
    news:bJqdneHancNxe_TWnZ2dnUVZ8lmdnZ2d@pipex.net...
    > It looks like it must be the keyboard controller. No difference in safe
    > mode, or using a bartpe startup disk but a usb keyboard works just fine.
    > How much does it cost to have something like this repaired or is it a
    > replacement MB needed in which case a new laptop is needed or just use the
    > usb keyboard of course.


    The keyboard controller is often part of the keyboard assembly, not the
    motherboard.

    You may well be able to find a laptop service place that can replace the
    keyboard and solve this problem, at reasonable cost. The manufacturer may
    also be able to supply original parts.

    HTH
    -pk

    >
    >
    > "lenny109" <lenny@thetakeout.com> wrote in message
    > news:YaOdna_qXd1YEfXWnZ2dnUVZ7rKdnZ2d@pipex.net...
    >> Hi,
    >> I have a Toshiba Equium laptop with XP Home installed. The keyboard has
    >> suddenly gone weird. When I press the Q key it types Qaz, if I press it
    >> again it will be Aqz and then various other variations of those letters
    >> each time. A also types different as does many other keys. Some don't
    >> type anything, the N seems to have turned into the insert key. Delete
    >> doesn't work but backspace, R, T, U and others work fine. the caps lock
    >> key doesn't work but V seems to turn caps on and off. I have reformatted
    >> the drive and reinstalled XP. I have also gone into the Bios and reset it
    >> to defaults but the keyboard is still exactly the same.
    >>
    >> Any ideas what it might be?
    >>
    >> Cheers
    >> Lenny
    >>

    >
    >
     
  12. Pegasus [MVP]

    Pegasus [MVP] Flightless Bird

    "lenny109" <lenny@thetakeout.com> said this in news item
    news:Yo6dnSMfZ_AFSvTWnZ2dnUVZ8iWdnZ2d@pipex.net...
    > I have a BartPE disk so I will give it a go this evening. Will post back
    > shortly. Thanks for advice.


    Great! It's what I would have used right from the start in order to
    eliminate (or otherwise) Windows as a culprit.
     
  13. 3c273

    3c273 Flightless Bird

    Not sure which model number you have but here is a guide to removing the
    keyboard. Looks like you'll need to be careful with the keyboard protector
    strip and the clips.
    http://www.ehow.com/how_2158645_remove-toshiba-equium-keyboard.html
    Louis

    "lenny109" <lenny@thetakeout.com> wrote in message
    news:bJqdneHancNxe_TWnZ2dnUVZ8lmdnZ2d@pipex.net...
    > It looks like it must be the keyboard controller. No difference in safe
    > mode, or using a bartpe startup disk but a usb keyboard works just fine.

    How
    > much does it cost to have something like this repaired or is it a
    > replacement MB needed in which case a new laptop is needed or just use the
    > usb keyboard of course.
    >
    >
    > "lenny109" <lenny@thetakeout.com> wrote in message
    > news:YaOdna_qXd1YEfXWnZ2dnUVZ7rKdnZ2d@pipex.net...
    > > Hi,
    > > I have a Toshiba Equium laptop with XP Home installed. The keyboard has
    > > suddenly gone weird. When I press the Q key it types Qaz, if I press it
    > > again it will be Aqz and then various other variations of those letters
    > > each time. A also types different as does many other keys. Some don't

    type
    > > anything, the N seems to have turned into the insert key. Delete doesn't
    > > work but backspace, R, T, U and others work fine. the caps lock key
    > > doesn't work but V seems to turn caps on and off. I have reformatted the
    > > drive and reinstalled XP. I have also gone into the Bios and reset it to
    > > defaults but the keyboard is still exactly the same.
    > >
    > > Any ideas what it might be?
    > >
    > > Cheers
    > > Lenny
    > >

    >
    >
     

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