Some time this week I lost the ability to type extended ASCII characters - in this case, accented letters - using the usual ALT-0nnn numberpad technique. (Holding down the ALT key, and then typing 0225 on your numberpad yields a lowercase "a" with an acute accent.)
As you can guess, this makes typing in Spanish rather difficult & slow...
I'm using Windows 2000, been doing this for years, and haven't changed any (Control Panel) settings in a long while.
Currently, what I get when trying to get an accented "a" varies from program to program. In Wordpad, the technique mostly works (some letters require an extra, random keypress); in Internet Explorer, which I'm using to post this message, I get a club symbol (as in a deck of cards). When entered into this message, the club symbol becomes this two-character combo (which I suspect is a hint to the problem): ¢À
Other programs yield a question mark, nothing, or some unprintable character. If it means anything, or helps, my keyboard's input locale & layout (noted in the Control Panel) are "English (US)" and "US," respectively.
Um, help, por favor?