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FN button function appears to be 'stuck' on

I can't get any keyboard buttons to work unless they have a blue FN function and it is this function that it actions. Previously working fine??? PLease help!! Thanks, Alan

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  • mcbridealan Sep 27, 2007

    this problem has developed a little, the FN no longer seems to be a problem but when entering the Windos password, if I press S or A I get 4 stars on the box.

    Also if I leave the keyboard alone the stars begin to appear 4 at a time as if i am pressing something ??? confused?

    any help would be much appreciated, thanks Alan

  • mcbridealan Sep 28, 2007

    removed the 'add on' mouse and all seems to work fine.

    Strange that the mouse upset the machine like that but thanks for you help!

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2009

    my fn key is always on



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Update bios will solve the issue.

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This would appear to the case of the button actuates the FN function is stuck down. Have you tried repeatedly pressing to to free it to try pressing it as if you need FN and perhaps the normal will work -which will then indicate a further line of enquiry

Posted on Sep 27, 2007

  • john ash
    john ash Sep 28, 2007

    This does seem to be a Keyboard or nouse pad stick down.
    It will mean taking the machine apart - are you up to that?

  • john ash
    john ash Sep 28, 2007

    Aha- you did not say you has bits bolted on
    Makes all the difference
    glad all is well



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