Hi, i have a packard bell easy note laptop and the fn key is constantly on so i am unable to use the keyboard in its normal mode, any chance you know how to turn it off?? even writing this i need to keep the fn key pressed!!
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Check this: Many laptops with touchpads have a switch or a keyboard combo that will disable the touchpad. Look to see if there is a little button you can push located near the touchpad. Alternately, there is normally a Fn-special function key combination you can use. You press the Fn key and also the special function key that has a little symbol on it that looks like a touchpad. That can turn the touchpad on or off.
The ALT codes can be entered on the number pad with or without NUMLOCK on. On a laptop, if there is a separate number pad then there is usually a button marked NUMLK or similar. On smaller laptops the number pad is shared with other buttons and there will be a 2nd FUNC or similar button to allow the buttons to operate as a number pad.
Your Packard-Bell keyboard was designed to work specificaly with your PB system. The old computer came (probably pre-installed) with software and drivers that map the extra keys to functions like e-mail, calculator, volume control etc. It may be possible to make the keyboard work like it did on your old system by locating and installing the Packard Bell keyboard driver and software. Go to the PB website and select UK-Irish support location. From there go to support section and follow the automated support by filling in info such as model number etc. No guarantee it will work but worth a try.
Key Combination Functionality
Fn+F3 Reduce speaker volume Fn+F4 Increase speaker volume Fn+F5 Switches display: LCD, CRT, and LCD/CRT simultaneous Fn+F6 Increase LCD brightness Fn+F7 Decrease LCD brightness Fn+F10 Toggles battery warning off and on Fn+F11 Switches the LCD panel off and on Fn+F12 Places the computer into Hibernate mode