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    Using external Keyboard, typing letters give me numbers
    Hello I have a mac but I'm using an external keyboard. The Keyboard is compatible with the mac but its set up like a regular PC Keyboard.

    I must have hit something but i'm not sure what happened because on the external keyboard, now whenever i hit several letters I get something like this

    k3k3k3k3k3k3k3 f4f4f4f4f4f4f4f4

    so I'm getting numbers instead of letters.

    What do i do to stop this? thanks

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    All I can suggest is to go to System Prefs > Keyboard & Mouse > Keyboard > Change Keyboard type. You'll probably want to disconnect and then reconnect the keyboard before you click Continue.

    PS. I'm using Tiger OS. Post your Mac specs and MacOS version in your profile, it helps us to help you better.
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
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    Quote Originally Posted by hughvane View Post
    All I can suggest is to go to System Prefs > Keyboard & Mouse > Keyboard > Change Keyboard type. You'll probably want to disconnect and then reconnect the keyboard before you click Continue.

    PS. I'm using Tiger OS. Post your Mac specs and MacOS version in your profile, it helps us to help you better.
    This is the type of external keyboard i have

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    my mac is OSX 10.5.8

    I tired what you said but still nothing. When i press the f, h, k etc...letters they still come up as f4f4 etc...

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    Quote Originally Posted by hatemail13 View Post
    This is the type of external keyboard i have ... I tried what you said but still nothing. When i press the f, h, k etc...letters they still come up as f4f4 etc...
    Which suggests to me that there's a fault in the circuit board beneath the keys. It may have cracked. Very difficult to trace where, and even harder to fix.
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