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There are F key for toggleing and locking in the Numeric keypad that doubles as your alpha numeric board needs to be released. This is usually a combination of keys which share a similar color.

4 Using the keypads
The computer has an embedded numeric keypad and also supports an optional external numeric keypad
or an optional external keyboard that includes a numeric keypad.
Component Description
(1) fn key Executes frequently used system functions when pressed in
combination with a function key or the esc key.
(2) Embedded numeric keypad Can be used like the keys on an external numeric keypad.
(3) num lk key Enables the embedded numeric keypad when pressed in
combination with the fn key.
8 Chapter 4 Using the keypads
Using the embedded numeric keypad
The 15 keys of the embedded numeric keypad can be used like the keys on an external keypad. When
the embedded numeric keypad is turned on, each key on the keypad performs the function indicated by
the icon in the upper-right corner of the key.
Enabling and disabling the embedded numeric keypad
Press fn+num lk to enable the embedded numeric keypad. Press fn+num lk again to return the keys to
their standard keyboard functions.
NOTE: The embedded numeric keypad will not function while an external keyboard or numeric keypad
is connected to the computer.
Switching key functions on the embedded numeric keypad
You can temporarily alternate the functions of keys on the embedded numeric keypad between their
standard keyboard functions and their keypad functions by using the fn key or the fn+shift key
● To change the function of a keypad key to keypad functions while the keypad is off, press and hold
the fn key while pressing the keypad key.
● To use the keypad keys temporarily as standard keys while the keypad is on:
◦ Press and hold the fn key to type in lowercase.
◦ Press and hold fn+shift to type in uppercase.
Using an optional external numeric keypad
Keys on most external numeric keypads function differently according to whether num lock is on or off.
(Num lock is turned off at the factory.) For example:
● When num lock is on, most keypad keys type numbers.
● When num lock is off, most keypad keys function like the arrow, page up, or page down keys.
To turn num lock on or off on an external keypad as you work:
▲ Press the num lk key on the external keypad, not on the computer.

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Posted on Oct 08, 2009


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SOURCE: Function keyboard turned on advent QT5500


Try this my friend,

Press F12, Num Lock, and FN at the same time.
OR F12 and Num Lock/ Scroll Key.
OR Hold the Ctrl and Fn key down together and press also
the Ins(Num LK) key.

Post me whatever the result is... so we could Fixya the problem.

Posted on Feb 03, 2008

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SOURCE: keyboard probs advent 9115 laptop

Sounds like your num lock has been toggled on by mistake. Look for a key that says NmLK. It will be in the same color blue. That key may also be the scroll lock key(ScrLk) that should solve your problem.



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SOURCE: I own an HP 510 laptop, when i type the function


You have the Num Lock on.

To turn it off just hit the Num Lock key or press Fn and hit the Num Lock key to return the keyboard to normal.


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