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.
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