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Num Lock defeated by Windows

by Powlaz / January 1, 2007 3:06 AM PST

I set up a new Dell Optiplex 620 lunchbox with XP SP2 Pro recently that has an issue I don't know how to resolve. I'd like the computer to start with the Number Lock engaged so I went into the BIOS and made sure that it was set to always be on. But when Windows takes over the startup procedure it shuts the Num Lock off.

Why is Windows doing this and how to I fix it? Registry edit?

Po

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(NT) Hint: Type XP NUMLOCK into google.com
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 1, 2007 3:17 AM PST
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Good Suggestion
by Powlaz / January 1, 2007 11:50 PM PST

I found the registry edit I was looking for. Problem is that the default value was already set so Num Lock comes on with the PC. Now what?

Should I delete the key and recreate it or is there another "fix"? Brand new PC (by the way). Only been up for a couple of days.

Po

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Or use any of the other suggestions.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 2, 2007 12:22 AM PST
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I'll refrain from duplication of ready web content on this subject but note you are looking at just one of the usuals.

Bob

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I'll be more specific
by Powlaz / January 2, 2007 1:02 AM PST

All of the web content that I found refers to instructions about how to enable the keyboard in CMOS or edit the registry so that the keyboard comes on with windows. I appreciate the hint for the Google search.

My problem, more specifically, is that the number lock comes on during POST courtesy of the settings in the BIOS. It then goes off right before it's time to log in to Windows. Then if I turn the number lock on, enter the login password, turn number lock off, and press enter to login - - - the number lock comes on. This tells me that the Windows registry setting is working.

The alternate information is to write a script that turns number lock on as the PC is starting (put script in startup folder) but this doesn't help me because the problem is with that small window of time when the user is supposed to log in to the computer.

This is where I'm stuck. Technically the OS has taken over the boot process by the time the user is required to login. However it is not referencing the setting made in the registry for the keyboard (which was properly set in the first place I discovered) until after login. I don't know where to look to resolve this piece of the issue.

Po

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Rer: I'll be more specific
by Tufenuf / January 2, 2007 1:11 AM PST
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Odd. It's all out there such as
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 2, 2007 1:29 AM PST
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