laptop keyboard starting to act up

toshiba 420cdt (P100?)all keys work but not correct characters in w2000 .. eg c=c'  ... d=double backspace..most keys ok.  Same result in dos and safe mode. However external keyboard ok. I assume laptop is toast considering repair value.
Any suggestions on fixes mechanical or otherwise?( Last step will be to reformat, reinstall just in case.)
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dxf224Asked:
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BaddogCommented:
I think your keyboard codes are fowled up. Had a similar problem with a W2K Pro laptop, reinstalled OS and keyboard works OK.


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iclariusCommented:
Baddog has a good point. Also try checking to see if any of the control or alt keys are stuck. You should be able to take the kb off and see if any keys are stuck down or has a weak spring mechanism.

George
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dxf224Author Commented:
is there any way to repair keyboard codes other than reinstall?
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iclariusCommented:
DX,

Try going to Control Panel, then clicking on Keyboard. Then see that you have US 101 kb selected. You could try installing another keyboard and removing the old one. Choose a kb that would be easy to move around with such as french. The delete the US 101 kb. Reboot the PC, add the US 101 kb and delete the french kb, reboot the PC and see if that helps.

George
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war1Commented:
dx224,
   Your keyboard driver could be bad. Delete the old keyboard driver in Device Manager. Reboot and let Windows reinstall the driver.

Best wishes, war1
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BaddogCommented:
dx,,,
   My problem with the keyboard would not allow me to change the input locale for it. It would always default to the previous keyboard, no matter what I did. Tried removing driver, same problem, tried changing keyboard kayout,,same. My only fix was the reinstall.

Best thing to do is to try the processes mentioned above. They may actually work for you.


BDog
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ridCommented:
TRy booting with a DOS or win9X floppy and see what your KB does in that environment. If still problems, you may be facing a KB hardware failure. If not, well, something in your O/S installation is getting wobbly.

Regards
/RID
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dxf224Author Commented:
yup. reinstall.
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