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Keyboard Produces Numbers Instead of Letters in Windows XP

Q: Keyboard Produces Numbers Instead of Letters in Windows XP

I have sought a solution for this problem for a few weeks and cannot find one.

My notebook is an HP Pavilion dv9005ca Laptop (17in. screen) and has a separate numeric keypad. Running Windows XP SP2 with all patches.

The keys: M,JKL,UIO produce numeric characters (0 to 6) when the num lock key is on and the correct characters when it is off (some other keys on that side of the keyboard produce symbols found on the numeric keypad).

Following HP support suggestion at [url not allowed:-( ] I have tried the Fn + num lock combination but this does nothing.

When I first boot up the characters are normal until the num lock key is toggled.

At some point a while ago when entering text I believe I inadvertently pressed a combination of keys that caused this problem.

I hope someone can help.

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This seems to happen at random times and I cant get rid of it unless I restart the PC, which is what makes me think this is a software, not a hardware problem because my keyboard should be fine really. This only started happening a few weeks after I had made a fresh installation of Windows 7 (previously used XP).

Basically the problem: All of a sudden a random number of keys that are supposed to type letters type random numbers instead. The number of letter keys afflicted on average is probably around 10-30% of the total keys. Which keys are afflicted and what numbers they produce is random.

So when i type "This sucks" I might get instead "th5s 4u34s". Also functions bound to Q in a video game will not function when I actually pres Q in case it would produce a number while typing.

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I need help please,
When I turn on the numlock button and try to type, my keyboard start typing numbers instead of letters. I tried all types of solutions but no luck.
I even replaced the keyboard but still the same issue.
Please help,
I have new hp motherboard dv9225us, win7 ultimate sp1, 2 gig ram, 2 ghz.
Thank you all.

A:keyboard types numbers instead of letters

Hi welcome to TSF

do you have constant guard or guarded id installed on your computer?

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Consequtive numbers appear instead of letters. Using Acer netbook Win 7.

A workaround is by selecting a language in the multi language bar I use; however, when moving to a new text box the keyboard returns to enter numbers instead of letters and selecting a language in the language bar is required again.

This problem exists when using the browsers. MS Word seems not to have the problem. I did not try other applications.

A:keyboard enters numbers instead of letters

check maybe u press the nmlck...

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My son has just phoned me 'cos his laptop for some reason has a problem.
Keys such as K which also have the number 2 will only show the number, not the letter. I'm working 200 miles away from him at the moment so how can he put this right please? He's only just in double figures so he's rather worried about this.
He says he's not changed any settings but it's possible that something could have been changed by accident of course.
Thanks for any help...


A:Solved: Keyboard. Numbers not letters.

The Num Lock is on? I know some laptops have a keystroke to lock the "number pad" on the laptop keyboard.

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it will do this with all keys, I have to minimize the browser then bring it back up and it will work until the next time it happens, what can I do to fix it

A:keyboard types numbers instead of letters

Does each key type a specific number or is it all random?

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My computer keyboard types numbers instead of letters when 'Num Lock' is on.  The Num Lock selection used to only affect the ten key calculator on the right, but now it also affects the alpha characters. How do I turn off the numbers on the alpha side of the keyboard?

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I have a HP laptop keyboard that isn't responding correctly. It displays a "1q 2w 3e 4r 7u 8i 9o 0p" on the screen when the respective letter is typed. I undestand how the "Fn" key and the "Num Lock" key works but this is not the issue. Any advice to remedy this would be appreciated. I've had this laptop for 18 months and it just started doing this. I can't seem to find anyone on the internet that is having the exact same problem. They only have what appears to be a similar issue but not this exact number letter combination.

A:HP laptop keyboard responds as numbers and letters

Have you tried using a USB external keyboard?

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when i hit letters in my applications, it says im hitting numbers, and even when i hit the numbers on my keyboard, it starts going "1,2,3,4,5" ect. just from hitting 1 number. for instance when i go on youtube and hit 1 on a video player, its supposed to keep taking me to a certain part of the video, but it just keeps going forward until it restarts and then goes through again. also when i play minecraft and i try changing my settings, if i want to set "move left" to "a" it says i it number 1!?!? i know a good bit about computers, but this is just BAFFLING me, i have looked ALL OVER this website and all of the people that had this problem just had there NUM lock on, and i cant use any applications while this problem is going on, so please, anyone, help me out

A:Keyboard is typing numbers instead of letters? (NUM LOCK IS NOT ON)

If this is a laptop see if this helps.

If you're writing numbers instead of letters when you press the keyboard of your laptop and you must hold down the Function key (Fn) to write normally.

This is due to the fact that the digital lock is activated. To solve this, simply press the Fn+Numlk or depending of the model, press the button or Fn + Shift +Numlk

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has anyone had a problem with your keyboard typing
random letters and numbers when you try to type? If so
do you know what causes it or how to fix it? thanks!

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Hey, I have an HP Pavilion Dv6 Laptop. It runs Windows 7. My laptop keyboard suddenly one day started malfunctioning. It didn't get wet, nor did I ever remove any of the keys. Just randomly some keys started having extra letters added. Here are some examples:

When I type: I get:
g gt5
t gt5
5 gt5
h hy6
y hy6
6 hy6
' '[-
[ '[-
- '[-

Help!!!! My backspace button also doesn't work, it deletes one space but replaces it with a backslash so i have to go back and use my keypad "delete" button to get rid of unwanted letters in my messages

A:Keyboard types Extra Letters/Numbers

Hi jc1691, welcome to TSF

is the laptop under warranty? hook up a usb keyboard does it do the same thing or work correctly. another thing you can try is uninstalling the keyboard in device manager and restart laptop will load keyboard when restarted.

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Seems to only affect the right portion of the keyboard. SP2 Sony Vaio PCG-R505EL

A:[SOLVED] keyboard typing numbers instead of letters

hi welcome to TSF

sounds like the numlock is enabled.

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Yesterday the computer was fine, but today the some of the keys on the keyboard are typing numbers and letters at the same time.
For example, when I type "a" it shows up as "a1". These are the keys its doing that on:
a1 d3 f4 8i j7 k8 l9 9o 0p 1q 4r s2 7u 2w 
I've tried:
Ctrl + Shft,
updating the driver
System Resore from a week ago
booting in safe mode (still had the same problem)
running a scan from Microsoft Securtiy Essentials (Came up clean)
Can anyone help? I haven't spilled anything on it

A:Keyboard typing numbers and letters at same time.

That can be a sign that your keyboard has failed.Now I have to ask this (there is a reason I ask but will go into more detail if the answer is yes)Do you happen to have Xfinity/Comcast as your internet provider?

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I have an IBM laptop that is typing numbers instead of letters on the keyboard.
I am running windows XP on the laptop.
I had an external keyboard attached to the laptop and it works fine.
Things I have tried:
turning off the number lock
disabling macros


A:IBM Laptop keyboard typing numbers instead of letters

Hello! I had the same problem! The "Num Lk" key activates the numeric keyboard (blue characters). The "Fn" (Function Key) will turn it off, or vice-versa (can't remeber exactly)! Anways, just press the "num lk" and the "fn" key and it should return to normal!

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My Pavilion laptop intermittently types double letters.  I'm running windows 8.1 and the unit is about 6 weeks old.  It has done this eever since I got it.  I've look at other links to problems similar and checked the double key rate.  Also I've pluged in a generic keyboard and it appears not to do it.  Any specific suggestions?Thanks

A:keyboard intermittently typing double letters and numbers

Hi Jimfh, Thank you for visiting the HP Support Forums and Welcome. I have read your thread on your HP Pavilion Notebook  and keyboard issues. Here is a link to uninstall the keyboard. Restart the computer after uninstalling, it should reinstall automatically. If this does not help, what you can do, is use the following link to create yourself a case number, then call and it may help speed up the call process: Step 1. Open link: www.hp.com/contacthp/ Step 2. Enter Product number or select to auto detectStep 3. Scroll down to "Still need help? Complete the form to select your contact options"Step 4. Scroll down and click on: HP contact options - click on Get phone number Case number and phone number appear.They will be happy to assist you immediately. Let me know how this goes. Thanks.

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this is what happens when I press the period key: .56-mvxzc
the l key repetitively: l7l79ljl7l79l7l7sad
the o key: oqe or orwqe depending on how long I hold it downm


A:laptop keyboard typing weird letters/numbers

Hi and Welcome to TSF!

Do you have a secondary keyboard to try?

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Hi...I have an Acer AO255 netbook...it functions well aside from a problem with some numbers (4,6,8,0) and some letters (p and a capital V) that do not work...also number 6 is constantly in a connected state (not physically depressed but typing away in any space available)...it`s not the leyboard itself that needs changing but something inside that I figure is somehow stuck and causing a constant connection of the number 6...the other letters and numbers that are not working are at times intermittently working but in the main not !

It is not the keyboard itself that is malfuntioning as the number 6 is merrily typing away even when the keyboard is disconnected...anybody have any ideas as to what could be causing this please ?

The Acer itself works fine...it`s just this key/number thing...I don`t use it now as I have other laptops to use but when I have used it,it`s easy enough to browse etc...but you can imagine the difficulty when needing to type ! ...I have a feeling a connection is stuck but don`t know what or where to look to check.


A:Acer AO255...keyboard letters and numbers won`t function.

I'd bet the keyboard itself is defective.

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My friend is having a keyboard problem on his laptop. Basically words a read with numbers in between. Examples include:

o9o9h e3r4m
no9thi8ng he3lp0e3d
no9thng hap0p0e3ni8ng

Any help gratefully appreciated.

A:Laptop keyboard typing random numbers between letters

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The number row & first row of letters are typing letters & numbers at the same time. Arrow keys are also not working. I have checked keyboard settings, language settings, "num lock" & various "fn" & other key combinations. I have uninstalled & reinstalled keyboard driver. I have reset  BIOS to defualt settings. I have factory reset entire laptop as last resort. Nothing has worked. No spills or sprays on laptop. Th8is 8is h9o2w 8it ty0p3es b3ef9o4r3e *I d3el3et3e all th3e n7umb3e4rs. HELP!  

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Hi everyone ! My yoga 500 has this very annoying issue since yesterday (after an update on i-tunes, I don't know if this is related...): - Anything I type on the physical keyboard appears "s" letter, even if I type on the numbers or enter- I restarted many times- The screen keyboard works ok- I can't even log in when I start from the keyboard, I have to switch to tablet mode and use the screen keyboard- I started fresh with a clean installation of Windows as suggested in Windows 10 recovery advanced startup   > didn't help- I checked the language of the keyboard, that is OK-There is no Nmlock key on my keyboard, but I tried a few Shift/Alt combinations proposed on the web forums> didn't help Does anyone had the same issue ?I looked for the solution on this forum but couldn't find, hope I don't repost anything already discussed and apologies if that was the case. I am writing this form a different notebook and hope I can get help from experts ! Have a great day

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I have a Lenovo when I go to gotomypc the keyboard types numbers instead of letters, it stays in sequence 0123456789 and repeats.

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Welcome to Seven Forums Jerrjames. Does this only happen in GoTo? If not, press the Num Lock key (or Shift & Num Lock ) to type the letter on keys that are shared with numbers. A Guy

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I have a Toshiba Satellite #L455 and when I press the letter keys I get a number. I have tried pressing the fn and f11 keys together and that has not worked. Please help.

A:Numbers instead of letters

Hi kdwswbabby welcome to TSF,

Have you installed anything around the time this happened? Do you have guardedid installed or constant guard or something similar?

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I have a ton of these folders in my C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local folder. Do I need them and should I delete them? Most/all of them are empty since I didn't go through all of them.

A:Folders with numbers and letters

I regularly check my folder in that location also to delete unnecessary stuffs. Nothing bad happened so far.

The worst that can happen is my programs lose their settings and revert to basic, factory settings. xD

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Hi, I'm using an IBM laptop and when I type some letters, numbers come up instead. I don't think its a virus because the numbers are written on the bottom right of the keys. Is there anyway to turn this off?


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A:Numbers being typed instead of letters

You obviously have the NumLock engaged, turn it off. Since I don't know the keyboard of the machine, I can't be more specific, but it's probably a function key sequence.

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I had this problem last year and had to scrape my hard drive . When I type on the right side of the keyboard . My l turns into a 3 ,my o turns into a 6 ,my k is a 2 and so on . I can't find this problem anywhere on the net . Please help I don't want to reload .
Thank you .

A:Typing numbers instead of letters

Welcome to TSF.

This question should not be posted here. It will be moved.

I think it's probably the keyboard layout. Try going to Start->Settings->Control Panel and double click on Regional and Language Options. Make sure the Regional Options tab is set to English. Then go to the Languages tab and click on Details button. Make sure that the Keyboard has US under it.

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HELP!!, Just recently my system thinks my keyboards letters are numbers, though this only happens when I attempt to play a game. I have run the MSKEY and the raw data is just numbers. I am running Winodows 7, on a Dell XPS 420 desktop. I replaced the keyboard in an attempt to see if it was the old KB and no change. Scroll lock is off, and the KB has no FCN button. I also have tried using F11 and F12 as this sometimes works for laptops. ANYONE out there that can help or has any ideas, your response is much appreciated!!

A:[SOLVED] Numbers for letters??/

hi Fire8ward welcome to TSF,

whats the make and model of computer? have you installed anything recently like guarded id?

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How can I make a batch file that can create a random string of numbers and letters?


A:Random numbers and letters?

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I have a simple request
I wish to respond to the
How do I convert numbers to letters via the Excel

Thank you very much

A:How do I convert numbers to letters

Check this Microsoft article: How to convert a numeric value into English words in Excel

You can also use the ConvertToLetter function: How to convert Excel column numbers into alphabetical characters

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I am using XP Proffesional and in Outlook and gmail I have been sent email attachments that when I open the email looks like this...


I use Firefox if this helps. Any suggestions anyone as I haven't had Xp long and some problems seem to have happened after upgrading
I don't know if its my fault or the sender.


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I am using the formula's =IF(C7<2,0,IF(C7<5,3,IF(C7<7,6))) and =IF(c7<2 COUNTA(AA:AA),IF(C7<5 COUNTA(AD:AD),IF(C7<7 COUNTA(AG:AG)))) in a program this work ok if c7 relates to numbers, how can i change the formula if c7 relates to letters? is this possible to do

A:Excel formulas numbers or letters

What do you mean exactly by relates to letters? Do you mean something like =IF(C7="A",...?
Something like =IF(ISTEXT(C7)=FALSE,1,2) should give you a start....

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Question-what would be the easiest way to code a program in c/c++ that would output a number according to its neumeric postition in the alphabet without a lot of nested if statements e.g:

#include <iostream>

void main()

char letterin == 'A';

\\Stuff goes here that changes letterin into 1 (i.e. A = 1, B = 2, Z = 26)




A:Solved: Assign Numbers to Letters

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Hi Tech Support Guy forums!

I am very grateful for the services you have provided to everyone on the internet!

I am currently working with a Windows XP Laptop and am trying to get access to my wireless internet connection.

I am renting a room so I cannot set the wireless password. The password is longer than the number of numbers I can put into my PIN password when I automatically connect to the service via my wireless manager (only 8 numbers/letters).

The error box that pops up once I attempt exceed my 8 digit limit is (to finish entering the entire password):

"Wi-FI protected Set-up Wizard:
Check sum validation failed for PIN entered"

If there is some software update or anything I can do to let me type the full password, please let me know!

Thank you for your time!

A:Wireless PIN only accept up to 8 numbers/letters.

The WPS pin is diffrent from the wireless security key. It requires you physicly press a button on the router and on the adapter to connect. I wouldnt use this, they key you have is most likley the WPA or WEP key.

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in all applications as9text is entered a 9 will pop in at random times, 9ee above, see above. Files sent to another laptop have also corrupted it with an alphabet of abcdefg51236*nopqrstuvwxyz.
Where ids the problem?

A:numbers replacing letters in text

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I'm in a situation where I'm making a table of contents without a word template. The chapter page numbers are slightly off it's like they are frozen within a few spaces. I haven't been able to figure this out. Any advice?


A:How do you line numbers and letters in word?

Can you post a screen shot? I don't understand what you are trying to do, what you see.


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It has been happening for the last few days. Sometimes when I type something it will come out as a combination of letters and numbers. I cycle through the letter "c" and get "=, c, +,#, f,t" and so on. This sometimes happens on forms and even why i'm just on notepad. It doesnt happen ALL the time. Just sometimes.
I have something called "KeyScrambler" a firefox addon that sits in my tray. It migh have soemthing to do with it. But I dont know.

A:WIERD: Sometimes what I type in comes out letters/numbers

Have you tried disabling KeyScrambler and see if the problem ceases?

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I have a problem with my computer that has me stumped. When I type letters on my laptop computer, numbers come out...I restarted to see if that would help but everytime I try certains letters, numbers come out...Anyone know a solution to this? thank you in advance. :approve:

A:When I type letters on my laptop, Numbers come out!!

:stickout: Nevermind, I figured it out....it was the number lock.

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I have a  Chrome notebook, justtoday when I attempt to log on I noticed I get the letter accomaopanied by a number with each letter. How do I fix this probles of nukbers abd letrrs typing simultaneously?

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There is a folder on my laptop made up of numbers and letters - 7649a3d33b6f0ceec9...(with 10 more numbers and 2 more letters). Under that folder is another folder called i386, and in that folder are several folders and files, none of which date later than 8/4/2004. All of this takes up 336 MB. What might it be and is it safe to delete it?

My os is XP Pro SP2.

Thanks for your help!

A:Folder name of jumbled numbers & letters

These are folders that were created during an microsoft update of some type, you can safely remove these.

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It took me all day to figure it out but I finally got my printer to share from my PC to my Macbook...but the only problem now is that when I print from my Macbook my printer just prints out random strings - letters and numbers. It also will just constantly spew out these pages - it doesn't stop unless I cancel the print. Doesn't matter what I print. I read on another forum that it might be related to missing fonts, but I can't verify this. Any ideas?

I have an HP Photosmart All-in-One C4200 series printer.
Sorry if this is posted in the wrong place.

A:Printer printing random letters and numbers

1. Did you follow the printer and software installation instructions exactly?
See here... http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00876721&lc=en&cc=us&product=3192753&dlc=en

2. Are you certain your macbook meets the hardware specs?
See here... http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en/sm/WF06a/18972-18972-238444-421635-410635-3192751.html

3. Have you tried their online support?
I recently had an issue with a psc1315 and their online "chat" support walked me through in short order.

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I have Windows Vista, and when I go into Desktop->Username-> I have all the usual Documents, Pictures, etc., but I also have two empty folders labeled with random letters and numbers. (for example, one of the names is "{0d110244-fb34-43f1-b299-25693afc741f}"). I have no option to delete them. Could they be viruses?

A:File with random letters and numbers, virus?

When I click on them, it says I don't have permission to access them.

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Every once in a while my computer enters strange things all by itself, following several examples:


This can happen if I have a notepad open (Jarte), or a Word document (2003), or a browser (Firefox 35.0).

Sometimes I notice it after I wake it from having been in Sleep mode, but not necessarily always. It apparently can also happen when I just leave it on but without doing anything.

I have run the Sophos virus removal tool scan and it says the computer is clean.

Any ideas what this could be? Thanks.
Asus K95VB laptop, Intel Core i5 2.6 GHz

HD 7200rpm 1000GB
18.4" 1920 x 1080 display
WIN8 64-bit OS (with Start8 interface), language English, Keyboard Danish.

A:unattended computer enters letters and numbers by itself

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got a problem with my laptop keypad. it works fine if i keep my finger on the left hand side function button. If I release the function button, all the letters on the right side of the keyboard come up as numbers,

eg if I write "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog", with out my finger on the function button it comes out as

"The q45c2 br6wn f6x 140*s 6ver the 3azy d6g"

I'm running Windows XP Professional Version 2002 - Service Pack 2, samsung X10 laptop with 1.70Ghz.

If you plug an external keyboard into the laptops USB connection, the keyboard works fine with out any problems

any body got any ideas /



A:Right Side Of Keypad Only Displays Numbers - No Letters ?

If you plug in another keyboard it is fine. Hmm off hand it sounds to me like it is a problem with the on board keyboard. That is a real feat on a laptop to replace. Is the laptop still in warrantee? If so I would call Samsung tech support right away, as a matter of fact I would call them on this matter anyway, they may have something about this that might just be covered by a recall or something, and they are the experts at their equipment.

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The computer is Windows Vista, but I prefer Google Chrome to IE. All has worked very well until recently when I now get numbers in place of some letters in what I type. Incoming messages and general text are fine. Computer not old, but is it time to replace it or can it be fixed?

A:Solved: Numbers replace some letters in text

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hey guys so my friend told me to take a looka t his computer and wheneverhe turns on his computer, this is what he gets.

any clue on what this might be?

A:problem with harddrive i think, i get a bunch of numbers and letters

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hi every body i have 30 hard disk connected to my pc i run windows seven the problem is im out of letters a to z is all taken is there a way to add more or change it from letters to numbers
thanks for your help

A:add more hard disk or change it from letters to numbers

It is not possible to have more than 26 mounted drives. If access to more filesystems than this is required, Volume Mount Points must be used. However, it is possible to mount non-letter drives, such as 1:, 2:, or !: using the command line subst utility in Windows XP or Vista (i.e. "subst 1: c:\temp"), but this is not officially supported and may break programs that assume that all drive letters are A-Z.

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Every once and a while a random blue screen will just take over. This screen doesnt seem to have any rhyme or reason to it.... just jumbled up numbers and letters. Any Help would be great. here is the HJT log:Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 10:21:09 PM, on 6/8/2006Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Antivirus\ISafe.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\cisvc.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\HPZipm12.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\cidaemon.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\WINDOWS\system32\hkcmd.exeC:\WINDOWS\BCMSMMSG.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\DSentry.exeC:\Program Files\Roxio\Easy CD Creator 5\DirectCD\DirectCD.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\wuauclt.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\RUNDLL32.exeC:\Program Files\BroadJump\Client Foundation\CFD.exeC:\Program Files\Yahoo!\browser\ybrwicon.exeC:\Program Files\Picasa2\PicasaMediaDetector.exeC:�... Read more

A:Blue Screen (jumbled Letters And Numbers)

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