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Hi everyone,

I have an HP Pavilion dv2000 that apparently the keyboard is in another language,
I installed Windows 7, then like always tried to change settings in Control Panel >>
Region and Languages, but that didn't work for me this time. so this is my question,
should I replace the keyboard? or could it be another way arround this?
Thanks
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Question by:Samuel-AMC
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by:Samuel-AMC
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Thanks tailoreddigital,

But you know whats my problem? believe it or not, I already knew all these steps,
My problem is that after installing Windows 7 everything is in place, the english
layot keyboard is already there, there is no need to add an english keyboard layot.
but if I type anything with the keyboard everything comes out with what the keyboard is.
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Maybe you could try adding another layout and then change it back to see if it resets it.
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if its in english US; add english UK, and change it
then reboot ands test
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by:Samuel-AMC
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No, it did not worked, I changed from English US to Enlgish UK and rebooted,
But still the same, I think the only way arround this is by changing the keyboard.
I've been trying everything I could think of and still nothing.
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by:rindi
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What exactly is the problem? Which keys are wrong and what do they show and what should they show?
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by:nobus
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it looks like the wrong drive r is loaded
in device manager, uninstall the driver; then reboot and test
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by:Samuel-AMC
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Okay guys, I got it working, here is what I did,
actually I followed serialband suggestion,
"adding another layout and then change it back to see if it resets it."
So I changed and then removed the English one, then reboot, then added again the
english layot and then removed the UK one, then reboot, but here comes the little
problem, everything suppose to be fine, and actually it is fine, the only problem now
are the keyboard keys that need to be rename in some way with white tape or something.
why? because the position of the keys that are located in  a diferent areas, it took me a
while to figured out, so is a matter to look another keyboard and follow those keys, but
the rest is okay.

Thank you too nobus:
"if its in english US; add english UK, and change it then reboot ands test".
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by:Samuel-AMC
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Thank you too Rindi
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by:nobus
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glad to assist
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by:rindi
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If you need to re-label your keys your PC obviously doesn't have a US keyboard which you've set the OS to use.
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by:Samuel-AMC
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Yes, thats correct rindi, the keyboard of this laptop it is not a us keyboard.
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by:rindi
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Then you should load the keyboard locale of the keyboard your laptop has, and not the US keyboard.
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by:serialband
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FYI:

Most laptops have keys that can be carefully removed and put back, so you can swap them.  It can be tricky if you've never done it and you must be careful or you might break the tiny plastic tabs that hold them in place.  Stick a thin metal nail file or small screwdriver underneath the key and gently twist.  Gently! Don't force it.  If you have to force it, you're doing it wrong.  They should just pop off.

They're also quite easy to put back if the tabs aren't broken.  Align the key and just push down.  I've "fixed" many users broken laptops when their keys have popped out.

If you don't want to try swapping the keys, it's also just easier to put a sticker on the key or use a permanent marker.  Don't place it directly on top or your fingers will wear it out or create a sticky mess.  Place in on the smaller beveled surface.

The other method is to learn to touch type and not bother looking at the keys.  Instead of teaching kids cursive after they learn to write the alphabet, they should just go straight to typing classes in grade school.
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by:nobus
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you better use a tool for it :  http://www.amazon.com/Generic-KEYCAP-PULLER/dp/B0036UQSJ8

also - not all key caps have  the same dimensions - so in many cases, you just can't swap them well
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