keyboard switching keys randomly?

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    keyboard switching keys randomly?

    so i have recently run into a quite annoying keyboard mess-up, my keys have been switched around while i was playing a game on steam. for context here are the keys that are messed up. t is now g, y is now h, [ is now ', ] shows the volume, left shift does not capitalize, backspace shows "searching for wireless display and audio devices." not much else, i am using on-screen keyboard to type now. i have tried and wiped my computer, i have re-installed drivers, i have used different usb ports, i have tried re-key mapping, to no effect. i plan on using my friend's keyboard to see if it's a hardware issue but honestly it doesn't seem to be.

    any suggestions?
    windows version 1903 (OS Build 18362.900)
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    Win 10 Home 10.0.19044.1766 (x64) [21H2]

    Sounds like you have the wrong keyboard layout. Might want to check to make sure you're using the US qwerty layout.

    How to the change keyboard layout on Windows 10 | Windows Central

    /e If that's not may just be the keyboard itself. If by "wiping" you mean you re-installed Windows, then I would definitely think it's the keyboard.

    /ee I was just re-reading which keys switched to which. It looks like the "rows" are confused. It's been a long time, but iirc, keyboards use a row & column method to "know" which key you pressed.
    From your description it looks like the top row is acting like the next row down. I THINK that's a hardware issue with the keyboard. But it's been a long time since I dealt with a similar problem.
    Last edited by Ghot; 07 Jul 2020 at 20:26.
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    Thread Starter

    i checked and it seems everything is in order with qwerty layout. thank you though.
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    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)

    cc333220 said:
    .... my keys have been switched around while i was playing a game on steam.

    Welcome to Ten Forums.

    This sounds more like it's the game that's at fault rather than the keyboard. Games can remap keys while running for gameplay purposes, but they should restore the key mapping when you exit.

    What is the game? Does this happen with all games, or just this one?

    I'm not a gamer, but there's a dedicated forum for Gaming here on Ten Forums. Someone from there may be able to help.

    In the mean time, as a workaround you could try adding a second keyboard layout. If yours is English US, then add English UK, for example. Next time the game messes up the keyboard, try switching to the alternative layout, then back to you preferred one. That may reset the key mapping.

    Add or Remove Keyboard Layouts in Windows 10
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    I'm a gamer who uses Steam.

    With that it would help immensely if we knew what both game and the keyboard were.

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    Thread Starter

    it was insurgency sandstorm when it started acting up. as for keyboards i have an HP 928922-001 which came with my omen desktop.
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    Win 11 Pro (x64) 21H2

    Well to be honest, I've never heard of a game hosing a keyboard after exiting a game.

    That said, there were reported issues with binding keys in the game and the issue was said to be patched. So... have you patched the game?

    As for your keyboard, I don't know anything about it other than it an HP keyboard. I'm guess it's a generic keyboard? Is it wired or wireless? Is it a gaming keyboard?
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    it's just a generic model of the one pin i sent, wired.
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