Keyboard is typing the wrong character.

My keyboard on my MacBook keeps typing a Nordic symbol å instead of the letter a. Also, the delete key is deleting whole words instead of just one letter. I cannot get any help from Apple support. This just started out of the blue, I didn't change anything, I was typing an email and about half way through, all of a sudden I am getting this å everytime I type the letter a. Upgraded to snow leopard, but that didn't help either. Help!

Update (12/04/2013)

I have never resolved the issue, and have stopped using the Mac. It appears that this is a hardware issue not a software issue, Sorry I can't be of anymore help.

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Does this occur in all applications text, mail, web form boxes or just the mail client?

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It is happening in all applications. I can use the virtual keyboard just fine, it is just a pain.

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If at all anyone gets this problem. Try opening the laptop, disconnect the keyboard from the motherboard (the connector is always near the battery try), by this I dont mean the whole keyboard, just the connector. Then wipe the connector with a clean piece of cloth then re insert it again and then switch on the laptop. The keys should be working fine. Its the connector that confuses the keys either because there is dirt or loose connection. All the best.

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So..... The quickest fix for this is to do a restart and shift R. It fixes common issues that reside within the OS. If your mac is ever working poorly, try this first.

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Rick Hayes thank you! After messing with every keyboard setting this is what fixed the issue.

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Go under the Apple in the upper left and corner to System Preferences > Language and Text and set it to English.

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I have done that prior to posting here, the only keys affected by the issue are the a key and the delete key.

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System Pref > Keyboard > Change Keyboard Type > Select JIS

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I've run into this problem a few time in a school full of iMac computers. Randomly someone can't logon and the keyboard appears to type some sort of unrecognized characters. I've discovered that a simple fix is to merely RUB MY HAND VIGOROUSLY OVER ALL THE KEYS. Voila! Working again. If there was a key that was stuck that I couldn't see, rubbing over all of them made it work again.

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I don't have an alt key...the above suggestion worked for me. To rub vigorously over all the keys. I apparently had one stuck. This immediately fixed the issue. Thanks @butchgibson

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Great solution! This did the trick. Thank You!

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thank tou!!!! worked!!!

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Awesome , worked :) thanks man

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It sounds like your "a" key has been remapped to display the symbol it does instead of the "a" you want somehow (via prank, glitch, cosmic event, flying monkeys....).

What is the delete key doing? Maybe it's related, or can be similarly fixed.

I found a Mac key mapper here: http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/12004/d... but since I do not have a Mac, I cannot test it to see if it'll let you remap your "a" key. Reviews are mixed, proceed at your own risk. Maybe try and find an alternative program if you wish.

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I as not able to use the remapping app, it didn't allow individual letter remapping. The Delete key changed from deleting one character to deleting entire word. When I use the character viewer it shows just the letter/number highlighted on every key except for these two. When I strike the key with the viewer open it shows 5 or six keys highlighted. I am adding links to captures showing the highlights. I cannot figure out what would cause this.

<a href="http://imgur.com/OEZPe"><img src="http://i.imgur.com/OEZPe.jpg" title="Hosted by imgur.com" alt="" /></a>

<a href="http://imgur.com/TcK7X"><img src="http://i.imgur.com/TcK7X.jpg" title="Hosted by imgur.com" alt="" /></a>

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mykeyboardhasaproblemwithoneofthekeysifyoucanguesswhicone?lol

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I had the issue today I found that my alt key was stuck

ˆ ˙å∂ †˙´ ˆßߨ´ †ø∂å¥ ˆ ƒø¨˜∂ †˙å† µ¥ 嬆 ˚´¥ ∑åß ß†¨ç˚

The 2nd line is what results when holding down alt while typing and that is what I was having issues with. Very strange only occurred on my external keyboard and not the laptop keyboard so I figured I had a setting messed up but to no avail.

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long press your the ALT KEY in your keyboard and try to type something, it should work properly

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