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Fn key working backwards on laptop.

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Mulderator, Mar 16, 2007.

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  1. Mulderator

    Mulderator Thread Starter

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    My "Fn" key is working backwards--i.e., I am getting the keys that I should get when I hold down the Fn key and visa-versa. So if I type normally,

    5t 3662s 352e th5s.
    it looks like this.

    Tried cleaning the key. Any other ideas?
     
  2. Triple6

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    Does it exhibit the same problem in Safe Mode?
     
  3. Mulderator

    Mulderator Thread Starter

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    Yes, same thing in safemode. External keyboard works fine.
     
  4. Triple6

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    What laptop is it? Does it have any pre-Windows diagnostic software, like many Dell's do that you can test the keyboard?
     
  5. Mulderator

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    Its a Dell and I ran the diagnostics, but that doesn't show any problems because of course if you depress that key, you get a result--just not the right one.
     
  6. Jedi_Master

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    Howdy folks...

    Mulder...

    No offense but it looks like the Numlock is on...
     
  7. Triple6

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    Wow, I missed that completely til I just look at a laptop. Numlock would cause that for sure.

    If you find that Numlock is being turned on be default on XP startup then it might be because its set too in any third party keyboard software, like Microsoft's Intellitype software.

    You can also edit the registry to disable Numlock if you can;t find the setting anywhere else to turn off: http://netrom.org/infodocs/Force NumLock to Behave.txt
     
  8. Mulderator

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    Yes--it was the numlock. Thing is I THOUGHT I had hit that key--I tried hitting every key (or at least I thought I did). Now, I also rebooted when it first happened and somehow, the numlock got turned on by default when Windows started. So thanks for that link Triple--I went into the registry and changed it. And the reason you probably missed it is because you probably figured a used with experience like me would have checked that! Jesus man, I feel like Johnwill now! ;)
     
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