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Dual boot Windows/Ubuntu.

  1. In Ubuntu, I cannot write the character '@'. When I try to do so, another character appears, so cannot email! Tried another keyboard, same problem - both are fine in Windows.

  2. Cannot access a "root" terminal. Searched for file menu.lst but cannot access it (in order to change default boot system). Please help. (Running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS / Windows XP)

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What character appears instead of @? It would also help to separate your questions into two posts. – hexafraction Sep 22 '12 at 20:36
This is more than one question its bettet to seperate between – user61928 Sep 27 '12 at 9:38

As for the root terminal -- as have been pointed out, open a regular terminal (press Win key, type "terminal", enter), and type sudo -i, then your own password. But beware, you can trash your system as root if you don't know what you are doing.

Something must be wrong with your language / keyboard settings.

  1. What physical keyboard are you using? US, German, ...?
  2. Go to System -> Preferences -> Keyboard to open the Layouts tab. Move the appropriate layout to the top.
    (in 12.04 - press the "Win" key, type "keyboard layout", Enter. Make sure that your layout matches your physical keyboard. There is a little icon of a keyboard below the options. If you click it, you will see what the chosen layout is. I assure you that the @ key is there, waiting for you to get pressed)


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