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    Default ALT key gone crazy

    I'm having problems with the ALT key on my keyboard - the left key seems to now only turn mute on and off (unless I press it quickly twice and then it makes the PC hibernate) and the right key shuts the PC down.

    Any ideas on what's causing it, and how I get my ALT keys back?

    Thanks

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    Default Re: ALT key gone crazy

    Welcome to PF1.

    Go into the control Panel, (Start/Control Panel) look for regional settings, check to make sure the Region is set to English- NZ or US.

    What OS are you using ??

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    Default Re: ALT key gone crazy

    Is that the only key that has gone haywire?

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    Default Re: ALT key gone crazy

    Sorry, should have added a bit more info.

    All the other keys seem to be working fine, it's only the 2 ALT keys. I'm using Windows XP and have checked the regional settings, which are set to English NZ. I have also tried uninstalling the keyboard and reinstalling it.

    The only changes I have made to my PC recently have been to add a USB hub and installed Company of Heroes (with all the patches).

    The problem may have existed before then, but I only noticed it yesterday when I tried to use the ALT key to move the camera in Company of Heroes and my computer shutdown on me.

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    Default Re: ALT key gone crazy

    Is this a USB keyboard & is it running through a hub?

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    Default Re: ALT key gone crazy

    Nope, it's not a USB keyboard, just a normal keyboard plug, plugged directly into the back of the PC.

    Also, if I've got IE open and I press the left key, sometimes /gh appears in the address bar, or any text fields, and sometimes '0 appears, if that means anything..

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: ALT key gone crazy

    Can you try another keyboard.

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    Default Re: ALT key gone crazy

    Sounds like the Alt keys have remapped somehow.

    Do you have any software for that keyboard installed, example my Logitech Wave keyboard has its own software.

    Go into the control panel keyboards, look throughthe settings, see if there is anything to set defaults.
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    Default Re: ALT key gone crazy

    Try another keyboard
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    Default Re: ALT key gone crazy

    I don't think there's any software for the keyboard - it's just a generic DSE keyboard. I do have a disc of drivers but none of them seem to match up to the keyboard.

    Looks like I'll have to track down another keyboard to try..

    Thanks for your help.

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