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littlenige



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19/08/2008 14:40

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Had to reformat harddrive still using same keyboard-microsoft internet keyboad when i press shift and @ I get " and when i press shif 2 i get @ any ideas please



gandt


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19/08/2008 14:47

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That happened to me I also get # instead of a pound sign. It was suggested to me that it is an American arrangement of the keys - but unfortunately I don't know how to change it



paul90


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19/08/2008 14:49

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After reformatting the hard drive, windows boots up for the first time and there are options you must choose to set it up.

One option refers to the keyboard.

You are asked to choose between US and UK keyboard as the default - did you choose UK keyboard?



paul90


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19/08/2008 14:55

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In Windows XP:



To change from US to UK keyboard:

Go into Control Panel

Click Regional and Language Options

Click Languages

click Details

this gives you the Settings box

Under installed Services you can set the English Keyboard as default



Chick-A-Dee


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19/08/2008 14:58

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A language teacher was explaining to her class that in French, nouns unlike their English counterparts, are grammatically designated as masculine or feminine.

"House" in French, is feminine -"la maison," "Pencil" in French, is masculine "le crayon."



One puzzled student asked, "What gender is computer?" The teacher did not know, and the word was not in her French dictionary.



So for fun she split the class into two groups appropriately enough, by gender and asked them to decide whether "computer" should be a masculine or a feminine noun.



Both groups were required to give four reasons for their recommendation.



The men's group decided that computer should definitely be of the feminine gender ("la computer"), because



No one but their creator understands their internal logic

The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else

Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for possible later review

As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheque on accessories for it.



The women's group, however, concluded that computers should be masculine "le computer") because:



In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them on.

They have a lot of data but still can't think for themselves

They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they ARE the problem

As soon as you commit to one, you realise that if you had waited a little longer you could have gotten a better model.



I know it doesn't solve your problem, but it may make you smile !



DutchCrusader



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19/08/2008 16:18

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Funny, but b*ll. The French don't use "computer" - they use l'ordinateur. In France, by law, it's not allowed to use an English/American word if there is an official French word. The law is from the time of the rule of President Charles de Gaulle (exiled General during the 2nd World War) and later the President who was against America, the UK, the NATO and what have you.



littlenige



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19/08/2008 16:35

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paul followed that to no avail ..............



paul90


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19/08/2008 16:45

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Under Settings:

Was the default input language "English (United Kindom) - United kingdom?

Was the English (UK) Keyboard in "bold" under Installed Services.

i.e. is it now the default?

Did you click OK under Settings and then Apply under Languages?



littlenige



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Under Settings:



Was the default input language "English (United Kindom) - United kingdom? YES



Was the English (UK) Keyboard in "bold" under Installed Services. ( CAN NOT FIND THIS )



i.e. is it now the default?



Did you click OK under Settings and then Apply under Languages? YES





windows xp home edition internet explorer 7 ( damned spy ware grrrrrr )



paul90


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19/08/2008 18:00

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Nigel - there is a short cut to this problem:



"Press the Left ALT KEY and the Left SHIFT Key together"



Now try Shift and 3 to get the sign

and Shift and @ for the @



See if it works.



Chick-A-Dee


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19/08/2008 18:02

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wow ... this is turning into a Master Class ... I am impressed with the wealth of knowledge, I know who to ask now if anything goes wrong!



paul90


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19/08/2008 18:04

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Nigel - there is a short cut to this problem:







"Press the Left ALT KEY and the Left SHIFT Key together"

THEN RELEASE THEM.







Now try Shift and 3 to get the sign



and Shift and @ for the @







See if it works.



littlenige



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19/08/2008 18:06

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not sure what has happened or why but all is ok now .... MANY MANY THANKS @@@""""" just need ot sort out the skype phone and sound now !!!!





LOL



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