When I am typing a word document an intermittent and occasional problem occurs. At any time my computer goes into an undesired and unanticipated cap lock problem. During each incident two things happen:
First, everything types in uppercase, even though the cap lock light is not on; also none of the numbers or lower case numerals are accessble; I can get lower case letters by activating the cap lock button, but not lower case punctuation or numerals.
Second, if I use the cursor for any purpose, like going into the body of the document, every thing from the end of the document to the point of insertion becomes highlighted. For example, I cannot highlight a specific word within the body. Also, I cannot use the ctrl-S key to save, it gives me a box on Style instead.
At one point a knowledgable friend said to hit the shift key several times in a row. That caused the problem to vanish, but now it doesn't effect the situation. The only way I can deal with it now is to close down the computer and restart.
Just yesterday it happened while I was typing an email message. One strange thing happened, I had started the email, got a few lines into the message when it went into this cap lock thing; I kept typing and after another 3 lines or so I noticed that those probem lines seemed to kind of flash once with the appearance of being underlined or something and then it was in normal typing mode again.
Sometimes it is merely inconvenient, at other times it makes me want to scream with frustration.
A possibly related problem is that when I am typing (usually quickly) letters are frequently omitted, even though I think I am a fairly decent typist. I don't have this probem on other computers.
The same thing has been a less frequent problem on my wife's HP laptop which is about two years old.
Here is information on my laptop. It is about two and a half years old. XP;media center Edition; Version 2002; Service Pack 2; AMD Turion 64 mobile; Technology ML-37
I look forward to any response. And hearty thanks to anyone who can solve it.