My quotation key (") is not working right. When I press the key [Shift '/"], I do not immediately get the quotation mark. To make the quotation mark appear, I must type a space after the quotation, but the space does not appear. In other words, to type:
John said "goodby" and left
I must type: J, o, h, h, [space], s, a, i, d, [space], [Shift '/"], [Space], g, o, o, d, b, y, [Shift '/"], [Space], [Space], a, n, . . .
This is a keyboard problem, not a word processor problem. I have this problem in all programs--Microsoft Word, Corel, AOL, IE, Mozilla, etc.
Here is my history:
I've got an old Gateway (1998 or 1999), P3, Windows 98. When the "computer guy" at work installed a new networking system and virus protection system, he told me my computer was so messed up it would not run McAfee virus protection. I suspect I was overloaded with Spyware, but this was before I knew anything about Spyware. He suggested I dump my entire system and reload Windows 98. I had all the original discs, so I followed his advice and reloaded Windows. The "computer guy" then hooked my computer up to the network and installed McAfee. This is when my quote key problem started. Everything now works AOK on the computer except the quote key.
I am not sure when exactly this problem started, but I did not have this problem before I reloaded Windows. It may have started immediately after I reloaded Windows, or maybe after I loaded the Gateway keyboard driver, updated Windows, etc.
I am pretty sure my computer is completely clean of viruses, spyware, etc., because shortly after reloading Windows (and after the quote key problem became apparent), I got infected with the CoolWebSearch about:blank and I spent a week trying to get rid of it. I now have Ad-Aware, Spybot, etc., and my systems shows completely clean (and my HJT log is clean).
I did attempt to adjust "smart quote" in my word processor, but that did not change anything (and again, this problem is in all programs).
Has anyone ever heard of this? I guess I will start by changing keyboards and loading a new keyboard driver, but I thought if someone else had heard of this, there might be a simple answer.
As an aside, for the last year, I have horizontal shadows across my computer screen. This is NOT a monitor problem, as I swapped monitors with the same result. The horizontal shadows appeared long before I reloaded Windows (and long before I got the quote key problem). The horizontal shadows did not change when I reloaded Windows.