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Tilde key does not work and then randomly starts typing nonstop - kind of like a sticky key bug

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http://askubuntu.com – This is a slightly difficult problem to explain and it doesn't seem like a hardware issue (though of course I am not sure). I have an Asus EEE PC netbook running Ubuntu 10.10. The tilde key does not work (not using shift and not as the single quote when not using shift). While that is slightly annoying, it isn't such a big deal. What is a huge problem is that randomly out of nowhere, I'll see a bunch of single quotes being typed on the screen. It sometimes happens when I am in a document, in an email, in a browser, or even typing in my password. It's almost like there is some strange vir (HowTos)