Text appearing without inputting

  jhm 17:39 14 Dec 04
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Running XP Pro, intermittantly the number 4(in bold) starts up and won't stop, everywhere where text canbe inputted ie Word docs and log-in pages. Have tried to replicate fault using Safe mode and Notepad but no success which makes me suspect software prob. Can't pin it down to any application though. On boot-up and logon where or who produces the text to enter username and password, if OS perhaps repair through recovery console will clear or do you know different???

  Jeffers22 18:07 14 Dec 04

Try with a different keyboard. If it doesn't happen you could deduce that one of the 4 keys has a fault - anything from sticking or a largish trapped crumb to an electronic fault in the contact.

If that does not cure it then you may have a virus problem - though I've not heard of one that does this.

  jhm 18:12 14 Dec 04

Sorry didn't say it was a laptop and have checked for stuck key. It will start to work even if the key has not been pushed

  Jeffers22 18:21 14 Dec 04

You could still try it with an external keyboard if it has a PS2 connector. I'm not sure but I think some laptops turn off the built in keyboard if an external one is attached. If not you could disable it for the test purposes.

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