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I have recently returned to using my netbook and have discovered that the shift keys work for certain characters but not for others. Typing most lower-case letters is okay, but I cannot type uppercase q, w, r, y, u, etc. This also applies to the curly right curly brace, the pipe character, etc. Is this a hardware or software problem? The netbook is from ASUS, though I forget the exact model, and there may have been water damage. Solutions? EDIT: I have recently found out that I can type the symbol or capital letter by letting go of the shift key first before letting go of the symbol/letter key. For example, to type a capital R, I have to hold down the shift key, then hold down the R key, then release the shift key.

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It sounds like you are running with the wrong keymap, eg using a European keyboard but with the keymap set to US English, or some other combination.

Try the following

sudo dpkg-reconfigure keyboard-configuration
sudo apt-get install console-common
sudo dpkg-reconfigure console-data
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  • Those do not seem to do anything. I forgot to mention that the computer is an asus netbook, and there may have been water damage, though as far as I can tell, there is nothing else wrong. – Eric Anderson Jun 30 '15 at 21:46
  • On Ubuntu 18.04 , this made my machine unbootable; I had to restore from a backup image. – christopherbalz Sep 8 '18 at 5:19
  • It made Ubuntu 16 unbootable. – Khalid Bin Huda Sep 29 '18 at 6:57
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do not follow above solution. it makes ubuntu not login with correct password, because the keyboard input become different than what you see on the keyboard, you cannot enter the right password to system.

makes big problem to your shoe-shined machine setup if you need to reinstall ubuntu again eventually.

tip. change keyboard to x86 compatible, and use safe mode booting, then reinstall - ubuntu-desktop and gnome-terminal at least

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