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IBM ThinkPad laptop number/letter keys stuck

I have an IBM Thinkpad laptop for work.I brought it home to work at home and I tried to press some of the letter keys and I get numbers. Such as when I press the letter M, I get 0. I went to the Accessibility Options and turned off Sticky Keys and even rebooted but it didn't take of the problem. I even tried to press the Numlock key to no avail.I'm really stumped. Can you help? I'm writing from my MAC......

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  • bon_rath Mar 13, 2009

    I tried the Fn and Number lock key together. It doesn't work.

  • bon_rath Mar 15, 2009

    THANK YOU! This worked! Yeah! 


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Hi there,
Try holidng the "Fn" key and the "NmLk" keys together and see if that helps.

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    Jeff Mar 13, 2009

    Hmmm...ok, I am guessing that perhaps you are using a docking station and/or an external keyboard at work? If so, you might want to try this:

    1) Re-boot your computer.
    2) As soon as the first screen shows up (the one before the Windows screen), press F1 on your keyboard.
    3) Go to "Config". You'll have to use your arrow keys.
    4) Choose Keyboard/Mouse.
    5) Select the ThinkPad NumLock and make sure it is set to "Independent".
    6) Press F10 to save and exit.

    **NOTE: At any time during this procedure, if you have accidentally changed something and you are not sure about what you have done, just press ESC to quit. Also, if this is a work computer, you may be locked out from the BIOS setting. If this is the case, ask your IT folks to let you in.

    Anyway, hope this helps! There are other solutions, but they are better left to your IT folks.

  • Jeff
    Jeff Mar 15, 2009

    You are very welcome — glad to help! If don't know if this is possible, but could you update your rating of my solution? Thanks!

  • mathai_rak
    mathai_rak Apr 07, 2013

    yes it worked. thanks


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