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Gday i have a keyboard problem where i cant get any keys to work, but when i push the num lock it lights up. I have tried different keyboards and still have this problem

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Use an USB keyboard

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Num lock


If you use the number pad frequently during your daily computer usage, you may want to have the "Num Lock" key enabled when the computer starts up.
You can enable Num Lock automatically in two different ways: one involves modifying a value in the registry and the other requires you to create a small script in Notepad.
Activate Num Lock Through the Registry
Enter the registry and navigate to "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Keyboard\." Double-click on the value labeled "IntitialKeyboardIndicators," which has a value of 0,1 or 2.
Change the value to "2" to turn Num Lock on after logon, "0" to turn Num Lock off after logon and "1" to disable Num Lock.
Create a Num Lock Script
Configure a script that runs to automatically change the Num Lock state.
Depending on where you place the script, you can activate the script for a single user or all users on the computer. Open Notepad and paste the following code
"set WshShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
WshShell.SendKeys "{NUMLOCK}"
Save the file as "numlock.vbs," including the quotes to change the notepad file to a script.
Paste the file in the directory "Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup" to enable Num Lock for all users by default.
For a single user, copy it to their startup folder instead of All Users.
Enter the BIOS
Enter your computer's BIOS before Windows boots up to change the integrated Num Lock settings.
Depending on your motherboard manufacturer, different key combinations allow you to access the BIOS.
Common keys include "F1," "F2," "Del," "ESC" or "F10."
Consult your computer's documentation for specifics.
Navigate through the basic or advanced options until you find a section dedicated to enable or disable Num Lock on boot.
Enable in Linux
Linux is an alternate operating system.
While the BIOS method may work for Linux, you can also change the process through the options if using KDE Linux.
Navigate to "Control Panel" and click "Peripherals." Select "Keyboard" and select the option "Turn on" under the heading labeled "NumLock on KDE Startup."

How to Set the NUM LOCK State at Logon in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314879

How do I enable the NUM LOCK key for the logon screen
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/154529

May 15, 2013 | Compaq PC Desktops

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How to troubleshoot keyboard issues?


<b>Summary:</b><br /> Keyboard issues are relatively easy to troubleshoot. If the cu has another keyboard available then try that keyboard or if the cu has another system avaialble then test the keyboard on that system. Remember when the keyboard is unplugged the system will usually need to be rebooted before it will work again.<br /> <b>Wireless Keyboard:</b><br /> If only some of the keys don't work skip to the section <b>Some Keys Don't Work</b> below.<br /> <ol> <li>Resynchronize the keyboard. Press the connect button on the keyboard for 5 seconds. Then press the connect button on the receiver for 5 seconds <li>Change the batteries. <li>Try reseating the receiver if possible. <li>Try positioning the keyboard closer to the receiver. <li>Skip to the section <b>Generic Troubleshooting</b> below. </li></ol> <b>Some Keys Don't Work:</b><br /> <ol> <li>Check if any of the num lock key, shift lock key, etc are causing the issue. This is especially prevalent on laptops which don't have a distinct numeric keypad. <li>If it's only the multimedia or hotkeys that don't work then try installing the specialized multimedia keyboard software that came with the system/keyboard. <li>Try reseating the keyboard and rebooting. <li>Go into <b>Accessibility Options</b> in <b>Control Panel</b> and check that <b>Sticky Keys</b>, <b>Filter Keys</b> and <b>Toggle Keys</b> are all switched off. <li>Check if the problem occurs in the BIOS. A good screen to test with is the create BIOS password screen if the keys don't work here then a new keyboard is in order. <li>Continue on to <b>Generic Troubleshooting</b>. </li></ol> <b>No Keys Work:</b><br /> <ol> <li>Try reseating the keyboard and rebooting. <li>Try power draining the system. This can be particularly effecitive with a laptop. <li>If this is USB try a different port. <li>Try entering BIOS - if you cannot get into BIOS then the keyboard probably needs to be replaced. <li>Go on to <b>Generic Troubleshooting</b> below. </li></ol> <b>Generic Troubleshooting:</b><br /> <ol> <li>Try uninstalling and reinstalling the keyboard driver and reboot <li>Try system restore back to before the problem occurred <li>Check for malware or 3rd party software that may be interfering with the function of the keyboard. <li>FFR or replace/upsell a new keyboard. </li></ol>

on Jan 17, 2011 | PC Desktops

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When I type on my keyboard on my computer numbers are popping up instead of letters


Press the Start key + R.

type osk in that box and hit enter

On this keyboard, try toggling numlock scrolllock and capslock a few times.

Also, try this too: Fn+Numlk or depending of the model, press the button or Fn + Shift +Numlk


hope this helps


Try this. Press the Start key + R. type osk in that box and hit enter On this keyboard, try toggling numlock scrolllock and capslock a few times

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Examine your keyboard to ensure your "Number Lock" key is not activated.

This activation is indicated by the key being lit up.


If the key is activated, press it to deactivate the lock.

The number lock key will deactivate an entire segment of your keyboard


Start, click Run, and type regedit to open the Windows registry editor.

In the registry, open the below folders.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\
Control Panel\
Keyboard\

Within the keyboard folder, you should have a string value named "InitialKeyboardIndicators" with a value of 0, 1, or 2. Below is the explanation of each of these values.

0 = Num Lock is turned OFF after the logon.
1 = Disable Num Lock.
2 = Numlock is turned ON after the logon.

hope this helps

Nov 08, 2012 | PC Desktops

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My keyboard is locked and 3 lights above the number pad are lit


Examine your keyboard to ensure your "Number Lock" key is not activated.

This activation is indicated by the key being lit up.


If the key is activated, press it to deactivate the lock.

The number lock key will deactivate an entire segment of your keyboard


Start, click Run, and type regedit to open the Windows registry editor.

In the registry, open the below folders.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\
Control Panel\
Keyboard\

Within the keyboard folder, you should have a string value named "InitialKeyboardIndicators" with a value of 0, 1, or 2. Below is the explanation of each of these values.

0 = Num Lock is turned OFF after the logon.
1 = Disable Num Lock.
2 = Numlock is turned ON after the logon.



hope this helps

Oct 03, 2012 | eMachines PC Desktops

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The number keys will not work on my key board they were turned off some how. how can I turn them back on?


if there is nothing wrong with the keyboard..than press num lock to make them work again ...(the first led should be always lit to work )the num lock ..is the button in the left upper corner of the digits area..

Oct 24, 2010 | PC Desktops

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My number pad or the arrow keys are not working on any web pages,


you better re-format your system...that can solve problem

Sep 01, 2009 | PC Desktops

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Need a legend for the keyboard layout like the M key was showing zero's instead of M and I didn't know what button to push to change it.


Hi.
The numbers on the alphabet keys might have got enabled. You can disable them by Press and hold Fn key on the keyboard and then press Num lock or Scroll lock key once.

Oct 26, 2008 | Compaq PC Desktops

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Keyboard button not working properly


and how did you were able to post this problem??

Just joking:

Try the following:

-Desconect the keyboard then try to reconnect it again.
-Try pressing the Caps Lock / Num Lock Keys: does the led turns on?
-If the keyboard is USB/ try a differnet port

Jun 28, 2008 | PC Desktops

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My NUM LOCK doesn't work after the motherboard has been replaced....it's an acer 7720


have you tried a different keyboard? to ensure that it is infact not just the keyboard having a broken key? as the num lock feature has little to nothing as i would see it to do with *********** board? its a standard keyboard thing.. i guess there could be a bios setting? but i would say try that keyboard on a different computer then try another keyboard on your computer? and then let me know - thanks nate

Jun 10, 2008 | Acer PC Desktops

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