Whenever I type a key that has a function command associated with it, the function key command is executed as if the "Fn" key was pressed down. When pressing the "Fn" key and then pressing the same key, it acts as if the "Fn" key is not pressed down. I've replaced the keyboard but to no avail. I have searched the Acer support site for a keyboard driver but could not find one, also I would use the recovery disks that I created when I bought the notebook but as I'm sure you've guessed, I have lost them:( Any advice or direction on what driver I need and where I can find it, or is a Motherboard problem? I'm positive that it has had no water damage so I am baffled at this one....
i have the aspire 4720z and all keys with a function command display the function option when the function key is not pressed down. how do i fix it?
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Re: Function Key Issue
I'm wondering if you have a function lock key. Try turning on numlock and scrolllock while typing. Either that or you could use system restore and possibly the integrated diagnostics of the laptop to see if the issue is hardware or software related (hardware would show up in diagnostics) for you to contact Acer. Usually one goes to them by pressing and holding the Fn key (ironically) and pressing the power button, or by selecting it from a boot menu (by pressing F2, F8, f12, or whatever key it is on boot up.
I would suggest for the mean time, just taking the key off and holding it down using tape. Or you could press the key a few times if it's causing trouble, or press and hold it (if that is what causes the Fn lock, I'm sure it exists for a 'good' purpose but have never actually used it). I might experiment with this one :P. Definately sounds absolutely not like water damage :P
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Are you certain that the touchpad wasn't disabled accidentally from the Fn key? There are secondary features assigned to each of the Function (F1-F12) keys, usually in BLUE. On of them is to disable/enable the touchpad (toggle-type function, do it one time to disable, the next to enable). You press and hold the "Fn" key (next to the Windows key at bottom let of keyboard, then press the associated Function Key.
HP laptops have the ability to lock the blue special function keys on, making numerical data entry easier on laptop models that do not have the room for dedicated numerical keypads. Because the key combination to lock the function keys is so simple, however, it is easy for those who wouldn't normally use this ability to do so accidentally. When the function keys are locked, pressing certain keys will result in numbers being typed rather than letters. Unlock the function keys to alleviate this issue.
Press the "Fn" and "Num Lk" keys on the keyboard simultaneously. The "Number Lock" indicator light should turn off, indicating that the letter keys will once again type letters when pressed. This combination should work on the majority of recent HP laptops. If it does not, try one of the alternate key combinations in this article's remaining steps. Press the "Fn" and "F11" keys simultaneously, then attempt to type a letter. If the combination does not work, continue to the next step. Press the "Fn" and "Scroll Lock" keys simultaneously, then attempt to type a letter. Continue to the next step if this does not work. Press the "Fn," "Scroll Lock" and "F11" keys simultaneously.
I believe the num lock key is truned ON. IF yes, then whenever you type, it will give you only number. Try the steps below to unlockit: Keep on holding the "Fn" Key and then press F11 (Numlk) key. i.e Fn+F11 It should take care of the issue.
To fix it, just find and press the "Num Lk" or "Pad Lk" key again.
sometimes these keys are themselves "Fn" keys, so you may, or may not,
also hold down the "Fn" key to get the right function.) Often there is
indicator light associated with the setting.
Your keyboard may have a function key lock (could be up in the right corner) that locks the keys in the Fn mode. Look for that. I have seen this on several keyboards. On some keyboards I've been able to get around this by hitting the print screen, scroll lock, or pause key to unlock it.
Would these be keys that can also be used to enter numbers? do they have numbers on them as well as letters ? If so I'm thinking that there is some sort of Num. Lock activated (perhaps via an FN key ?) Can you tell us more about the laptop, make and model ?