virus that makes your keyboard work backwards

Discussion in 'Computing' started by steam3801, Feb 19, 2006.

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    steam3801 Guest

    Keyboard has been set to DVORAK? Check the accessibility option in the
    control panel.
     
    steam3801, Feb 19, 2006
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    TyBreaker Guest

    Another possibility is the language may have been changed to a
    left-to-right one eg Arabic?

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    There are 10 types of people in this world; those who understand the
    binary numbering system and those who don't.
     
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    MJT Guest

    Saw an odd one tonight.

    Missus went to type in something on her Dell Inspiron 1100 laptop. When
    she typed in a url, eg: www.village.com.au, as she typed it, it ran left
    to wright, starting with the first "w" to show up as thus:

    ua.moc.egalliv.www

    Is it a virus? I'm currently doing a scan but AVG Free hasn't shown
    anything up, yet.
     
    MJT, Feb 19, 2006
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    Falkon Guest

    I was going to ask if his wife had started wearing a headscarf ...
     
    Falkon, Feb 19, 2006
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    Rod Speed Guest

    That wouldnt produce that result even if it had.
     
    Rod Speed, Feb 19, 2006
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    MJT Guest

    Everything looks OK. It happens on occasion. If it was this, why would
    it do it by itself and then suddenly change back. She's not here at the
    moment so I can't ask her what she does to fix it - whether she reboots,
    exits the application and starts it again, or whatever.

    I was thinking that maybe because of the overheating problem that the
    laptop was suffering (that was fixed yesterday by cleaning the gunk out
    of the cooling fan and air flow path), that maybe the CPU was acting
    weird.

    Whatever, it sounds like none of you guys have seen this before. Pity, I
    was hoping that if it was a virus that there'd be a quick and easy fix.
     
    MJT, Feb 20, 2006
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  7. Mebbe the first case of computer dyslexia, which may lie under the keyboard
    or above it ;-)
     
    Rheilly Phoull, Feb 20, 2006
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    canetoad Guest

    Could it possible be prank software, such as those on this site?
    http://www.rjlsoftware.com/software/entertainment/

    There does not seem to be a reverse typing one here, but thats not to
    say it doesn't exist.
     
    canetoad, Feb 20, 2006
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  9. Try a different keyboard. They are very cheap


     
    The Old Bloke, Feb 20, 2006
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    Rod Speed Guest

    Cant see how a keyboard could produce that result.
     
    Rod Speed, Feb 20, 2006
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    Colin ® Guest


    Try a different keyboard. They are not vey cheap

    Seriously, what happens if you use a USB or PS2 K/B ?

    They are very cheap :)
     
    Colin ®, Feb 21, 2006
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    MJT Guest

    If it is, it's random in action. And in any case, no-one has installed
    any apps on the laptop other than what the missus has put on it.
    Spyware, Adaware and virus checking's all been done. Nothing came up to
    suggest that it was the cause.

    Just wondering if the keyboard driver is on the fritz, or the keyboard
    itself, even though all the keys work. And as I said, it's a random
    thing that goes away when the laptop's restarted.
     
    MJT, Feb 21, 2006
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    MJT Guest

    It's a laptop - Dell Inspiron 1100...
     
    MJT, Feb 21, 2006
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    Dee Guest

    just wondering, does it do it for all programs or only one specific
    program?

    Dee
     
    Dee, Feb 21, 2006
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    Rob Guest

    Have you made any inquiries at Dell to see what they have to say???
     
    Rob, Feb 22, 2006
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    MJT Guest

    Yep, and no answer is forthcoming. But then, it has only been a week....
     
    MJT, Feb 23, 2006
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    Rob Guest

    This would be typical of most big companies.

    Just to name some that I have made enquiries with little (Indian Call
    Centre) to nil response. These relate to genuine produce problems.

    Sunbeam - Appliances. (my action - returned the product)
    Hewlett Packard - printers (my action - returned the product)
    Dell - PC's (don't recommend there PC's, which in general are outdated,
    propriety rip off's especially the $99 freight)
    ATi (chip set) Video cards (my action - returned the product)
    ausmedia.com.au (printer place)


    Excellent response

    IBM
    Epson

    Both these phoned back and replied to my email.
     
    Rob, Feb 23, 2006
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    Stubbo_of_Oz Guest

    Did you try a direct question or did you go to their forum - message
    boards?

    I have always found a lot of quick help in the forums. This one deals
    with insipron keyboard/pointing devices:-

    http://forums.us.dell.com/supportforums/board?board.id=insp_input
     
    Stubbo_of_Oz, Feb 23, 2006
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