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Getting Symbols instead of numbers, numpad also dont work

  1. #1


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1

    Getting Symbols instead of numbers, numpad also dont work


    Hello, today i ran into strange problem, my PC keyboard started behaving strange so i said lets restart it and when i restarted it and got into my login page and tried to type my password instead of '1' for exaple i get '!', instead of '2' i get '@'. It is like there is auto-shift. I turned on NumLock button to try with num pad but it does not work as well, if i press 7 it selects whole word? Tried to get into Ease of access in bottom left corner but when i click it nothing happens. Tried to plug in and plug out keyboard but still nothing. Tried to repair Windows 8.1 it asks for password of my user account which i cant type because i cant type numbers...

    Does anyone knows any solution PLEASE?

    I use Windows 8.1

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  2. #2


    Posts : 13
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    It appears that your shift key is stuck, or at least interpreted such. I had this very few times in the past and could solve it by repeatedly striking ESC, SHIFT, CTRL, ALT -- each around 5 times.

    Also, you may access numbers by additionally pressing SHIFT (SHIFT-1 may result in 1, not ! then). Same goes for your numpad. Try numpad with numlock switched off.
    If that doesn't help, try typing ALT-4-9 for "1", ALT-5-0 for "2" and so on. (keep pressed ALT while you type numpad-4 and numpad-9, then release ALT). Try with SHIFT-ALT, too.

    Or, try a different keyboard. Good luck!
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by 5th View Post
    It appears that your shift key is stuck, or at least interpreted such. I had this very few times in the past and could solve it by repeatedly striking ESC, SHIFT, CTRL, ALT -- each around 5 times.

    Also, you may access numbers by additionally pressing SHIFT (SHIFT-1 may result in 1, not ! then). Same goes for your numpad. Try numpad with numlock switched off.
    If that doesn't help, try typing ALT-4-9 for "1", ALT-5-0 for "2" and so on. (keep pressed ALT while you type numpad-4 and numpad-9, then release ALT). Try with SHIFT-ALT, too.

    Or, try a different keyboard. Good luck!
    Thing with ALT+49 worked but now i'm in Windows and when i get into Ease Of Access -> Change how your keyboard works -> Turn on mouse keys is switched off, sticky keys are switched off, filter keys are switched off, but when i open chrome or anything it again types symbols instead of numbers, and if i for example open some other program and want to get back into chrome it opens new instance of google chrome, so what is the problem? Also, it looks like Caps Lock is reversed, and that "Shift" button is disabled... Thank you very much for your help!!!
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  4. #4


    Posts : 13
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Unfortunately I cannot be of much help here.
    It is just that I experienced this behaviour a few times in the past, too. Typing something like ESC ESC ESC ESC ESC SHIFT SHIFT SHIFT SHIFT SHIFT CTRL CTRL CTRL CTRL CTRL ALT ALT ALT ALT ALT ESC ESC ESC always helped me.
    I do not think that you can fix this somewhere in Windows settings; in my opinion this is something going wild in the keyboard's firmware. I mean, if a SHIFT key was physically stuck, Windows would tell you when asking for your login password ("shift lock is active" or something like this).
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  5. #5


    I had the exact same problem. Top number keys only showed symbols, numberpad did not work, Caps lock was reversed. Found another forum that said you can lock a shift key by holding it down for 8 secs... Sure enough I held my down for 8 seconds and magically it was fixed. Good luck!
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  6. #6


    I had the same issue. I was able to disable the special characters by pressing Alt+Space.
    I was able to permanently disable them by removing the second language I had inadvertently added during installation.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 4
    Jellybean


    Ctrl key has been stuck. Try to remove and fix it.
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