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IBM T40 Keyboard Question

My dad has an IBM T40 laptop. Somehow he entered a combination of keys and now when he types certain letters he's getting the number associated with the key. What's the keystroke to fix this?

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  • gaw4822 Oct 13, 2008

    I have T43, I tried solution but now my keyboard is totally tying commas when I hit space key and 4 when I hit K. I can't log on. I already rebooted to go back to defaults but it didn't work. I can't use Word at all



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Numlock is the keystroke to fix your problem.

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My laptop is vaio VPCW125AA and I have the same problem but since it is a notebook the Scrlk and the Numlk are saparated what can I do , please help

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You have to press the Shift key and the ScrLk key at the same time. The ScrLk key has NumLk written above it in smaller letters.

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