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Number pad has stopped working

by jodody / January 26, 2011 4:44 AM PST

I'm running Vista on a laptop and the number pad has stopped working. Its very frustrating!

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Number Lock
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / January 26, 2011 4:47 AM PST

Did you try pressing the Number Lock key?

Stopped working doesn't really say much. If the number pad is not locked, then the keys perform different actions than if the number pad is locked. Does your statement that the number pad has stopped working mean that nothing happens? Or that the keys on the number pad do something other than print numbers?


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Number Pad
by jodody / January 26, 2011 10:14 AM PST
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I always try the number lock although on my laptop, the number lock doesn't have a light; When I try hitting the Number Lk and then hit a key, nothing happens.

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Maybe for a laptop
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / January 26, 2011 9:05 PM PST
In reply to: Number Pad

you need to press the Fn key + NumLck?

Not sure, as all laptops are different. On my PB Laptop I don't have to do that.

Other things to try;

1] To analyse the problem further;

Open your Word Processor. Type a few words and numbers using the normal keyboard. Press Enter a few times to create new lines/paragraphs.

Now, use the number pad. If it is in the off position then your word processor cursor should move around the text, or some characters or words should delete.

Press Number Lock, and see if anything changes.

2] With the laptop turned off and unplugged, carefully turn it over and shake gently, see what falls out.

3] Some BIOSs have a setting for Number Lock, it can either be set on or off at boot up. See what the current setting is.


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