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Solved: XP turns on NUM lock

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by FarRed, Jun 29, 2010.

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  1. FarRed

    FarRed Thread Starter

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    Despite setting the BIOS to turn off NUM lock, when XP boots it turns it back on. I haven't been able to find anywhere in XP to turn it off. Does anyone know where this option is?
     
  2. perfume

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    Dear FarRed,
    On the keyboard, to the extreme right, you have the "Numpad" where you can find "Num
    Lock".Pressing on it, will turn on the blue light and clicking on it once more, will turn it off! Now, with the NumLock turned off, shut down the PC and you should be rid of the "automatic"NumLock ON" light, once you start the PC again! Hope this helps.:)

    NumLock "ON" is not only an annoyance, but prevents the Numpad keys function, so if what i suggested above does not work, just press on the NumLock Tab and it will switch off! It should be as simple as that!(y)
     
  3. FarRed

    FarRed Thread Starter

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    I tried that. This is a special keyboard. The number pad is replaced with a touchpad. The numbers are incorporated into the main keyboard. With the num lock on, you get the numbers and math characters from a cluster of keys in the middle of the main keyboard--7 thru 0, U through P, and J through; . When it initially boots, you have to turn off the num lock, otherwise you end up typing the num pad characters. Since everyone is used simply typing in their logon, it gets very annoying. I have another one of these computers that works fine.
     
  4. itsjusme

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    Some special keyboards require drivers to be installed where standard keyboards use windows native drivers. Have you tried updating/reinstalling the drivers for it if special drivers are required?
     
  5. Claymore

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    For a "normal" keyboard there is a setting in XP to turn the NUM-LOCK on or off during login. It's in the Registry here:

    HKEY_USERS
    .DEFAULT
    Control Panel
    Keyboard

    Look on the right-hand side for the String named 'InitialKeyboardIndicators'
    A Value of 0 turns the Number keypad off. A Value of 2 turns it on.
    If it's set at 2, right-click on the string and select Modify. Change the Value to 0 (that's a zero).
    Restart.

    To access the Registry go to Start => Run and type in "regedit" {without the quotes}, and click OK.

    If you're not sure about editing the Registry, copy the entire Code below and paste into Notepad. Save the result as "NumLock.reg", making sure the default .txt extension doesn't appear in the file name (Save As - 'All Files')
    Double-click on the saved .reg file and Merge the contents.

    Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Keyboard]
    "InitialKeyboardIndicators"="0"
     
  6. FarRed

    FarRed Thread Starter

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    Thanks. I found that one too. Too bad the reg name d/n tell you what it's for. Anyway, worked like a charm. The engineers were thrilled.
     
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