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Keyboard problem with Inspiron 9300

I have recently "upgraded"!! to XP service pack 3 and now the keyboard only works when I press the Fn button. This will last from a few swconds to a few minutes and then I have to do it again. Any ideas? or should I just revert back to service pack 2 and hope this solves it.

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Hi
As per your description of your problem it might be an issue related to the driver for the keyboard when the SP3 got updated.
You can access system restore and try to restore your computer. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306084 follow this article to do a system restore.
Also please try this download and run those files before doing the system restore. This steps should resolve your problem
http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/downloads/en/downloads_splash?c=us&l=en&s=gen&~mode=popup&file=142189

Try this bios update. This make sure that any recent changes that you made to the system setup or BIOS is restored to the factory default.
Make sure the ac adapter is connected while doing the bios update and also let me know if this does not resolve your issue. We have more steps to do as well.

Thank you
Rakesh
Dell Laptop Expert


Posted on Jan 05, 2009

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Wireless button


Hey donnafer463,

As no specific model was made available, here is a list of current laptop wireless button positons.

Acer Extensa 2000/2500 Series --- Far right launch button above the keyboard
Acer Travelmate C Series ---Far left hot key and then choose WLAN from menu that appears
Acer Aspire 1000 Series --Launch Keys above the keyboard
Acer Aspire 1640Z ---- Launch Keys above the keyboard
Acer Aspire 1690 ---- Launch Keys above the keyboard
Acer Aspire 2000 Series ---- Button on the front of the laptop
Acer Aspire 2012 ---- Launch Keys above the keyboard
Acer Ferrari 3000 ---- Button on the front of the laptop
Acer Ferrari 3020 ---- Button on the front of the laptop
Acer Ferrari 3400 ---- Button on the front of the laptop
Acer Ferrari 4000 ---- Button on the front of the laptop
Advent 7086 ---- Button next to the power button
Advent 7096 ---- Button next to the power button
Advent 7100 ---- Fn / F2
Advent 7104 ---- Fn / F2
Advent 7201 ---- wireless key top right and then Fn / F2
Advent 8117 ---- small slide switch on the front of laptop
Asus ---- Fn / F2 (some models may have a switch)
BenQ Joybook 5000u-d09 ---- Fn / F12
Compaq Armada Services ---- Not Wireless
Compact presario ---- Button on the back
Compact presario M2000 ---- Button above the keyboard (antenna icon on button)
Dell Inspiron series ---- Fn / F2
Dell Inspiron 500M ---- Fn / F2
Dell Inspiron 600M ---- Fn / F2
Dell Inspiron 1510 ---- Fn / F2
Dell Inspiron 5100 ---- NOT WIRELESS
Dell Inspiron 6000 ---- Fn / F2
Dell Inspiron 8600 ---- Fn / F2
Dell Inspiron 9300 ---- Fn / F2
Dell Latitude D400 ---- Fn / F2
Dell Latitude D500 ---- Fn / F2
Dell Latitude D600 ---- Fn / F2
Dell Latitude D610 ---- Fn / F2
Dell Latitude D620 ---- Fn / F2
Dell Latitude D800 ---- Fn / F2
Dell Latitude X300 ---- Fn / F2
Dell Vostro 1500 ---- big button on left side at rear no FN combo to activate
e-machines M series ---- Fn / F2
E-System 3115 ---- Slide switch on front of laptop Also has Fn / F5 function
Fujitsu Siemens Amilo A Series ---- Button above the keyboard on top right
Fujitsu Siemens Amilo D Series ---- Button above the keyboard on top right
Fujitsu Siemens Amilo K Series ---- Not Wireless
Fujitsu Siemens Amilo L/EL Series ---- Fn / F1 to turn on/off
Fujitsu Siemens Amilo La Series ---- Fn / F2 to turn on / off
Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Li Series ---- Easy launch button (one of 3) on top of keyboard
Gateway Laptop ---- Switch on side and then Fn / F2
HP nc4000 ---- Button above keyboard
HP nc4010 ---- Button above keyboard
HP nc4220 ---- Button on left next to USB port
HP nc6000 ---- Button above keyboard
HP nc6220 ---- Button above keyboard
HP nx9010 ---- Button on front
HP omnibook 6200 ---- Button on the left
IBM T43 ---- Fn / F5
IBM X32 ---- Fn / F5
Lenevo ---- button on the front
Medion ---- Fn / F1
Packard Bell EasyNote E2 ---- Fn / F1
packard bell: easy-note MV46/008 ---- Fn / F1 to turn on/off
packard bell MZ36-U024 ---- Fn / F2 to activate
Sharp Laptops ---- Fn / F2 to activate
Sony Viao ----- Button on the front or right hand side or slide switch
Sony VAIO VGN-AX570G ---- Front left button
Targa Companion 811 ---- Fn / F2
Toshiba Eqium Series ---- Slide switch on front of laptop
Toshiba Libretto Series ---- Slide switch on Left hand side
Toshiba M1 ---- Switch on left towards front
Toshiba M2 ---- Switch on left towards front
Toshiba Portege Series ---- Slide switch on the left hand side
Toshiba Qosmio Series ---- Slide switch on the left hand side
Toshiba Quantium Series ---- Slide switch on the left hand side
Toshiba R100 ---- Switch on right hand side
Toshiba Satego Series ----- Slide Switch on the right hand side
Toshiba Satelitte ---- On the Front under lip then Fn / F8
Toshiba Satellite Pro ---- On the Side or front
Toshiba Tecra 2100 ---- Switch on left
Toshiba TE2000 ---- Switch on left


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