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Laptop locked cat stepped on keyboard and somehow has locked up the computer. There is a lock icon lit on the top of keyboard next to the on/off switch telling me it is locked. It is like it is frozen up. Nothing on the screen except the mouse arrow..

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Puddy cat has stood on whats called a sticky key if you have a user book it will tell you how to release it.i cant quite remember the exact key to use but you have to press and hold down the fn key then hit one of the F keys.F2 for example, i just cannot remember which F key it is.
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