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I have Compaq Presario CQ42 118TU. The F1 to F12 keys are no longer the upper layer (used to be default). The HP quick launch buttons are now the default upper layer. Now i have to press the 'fn' key first before i can get to the F1-F12 keys instead of the other way around. How do I change the keyboard to the old way that i'm so used to?????

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I just had exactly the same issue. I found the answer on the HP website, but to save you looking for it, here's what you do:

1) Go to the BIOS for your machine. You'll do this by interrupting the startup sequence. On my Presario CQ42, I had to press ESC while the machine was starting.

2) Once in the BIOS, use the right/left arrow keys to move to the System Configuration tab.

3) Use the up/down arrow keys to move to the Action Key setting (Enable/Disable) and change it from the current setting.

4) Save and exit the BIOS.

Once your laptop finishes the boot-up, the F1-F12 keys should function the way you were used to.

Posted on Aug 09, 2010

  • chiragkrish Sep 16, 2010

    ya its right...!!
    thanks to you...!!
    i am facing very problem for this matter.

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