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I have just purchased a reconditioned Compaq laptop computer. I have been using a standard keyboard and find the Compaq keyboard is different. Is there a website where I can find an explanation of the keyboard? Thank you. Marian

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Thanks. I asked my grandson(!!!) who has a similar keyboard.

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