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Locked Keyboard I have somehow locked up my keyboard and can't type. How do I unlock the keys?

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  • Shawn Justason Carhart May 11, 2010

    what lights are lit on the keyboard is lit and have you restarted ?
    what have you done thus far?

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Goto control panel - keyboard. See if U can unlock it from there. Else goto control panel- system and uninstall keyboard, then "action" scan for changes and reinstall the keyboard. Normally the cd's that come with the keyboard have the programs to lock them out. Recommend... don't install the lockout program.

Posted on May 11, 2008

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Your "Num Lock" is on.
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  2. Select the Keyboards and Languages tab.
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    Figure 3: Change Keyboard button
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  4. Click Add .
    Figure 4: Add button
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  5. Select the keyboard(s) you want to use and click OK .
    Figure 5: Add input language: US Dvorak keyboard selected.
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    The new keyboard is added to the list of available keyboards and a keyboard icon appears on the system tray, allowing you to switch between the keyboard that you want to use with the mouse.
    Figure 6: Keyboard tray icon
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  7. Click OK . You can now use the new keyboard. If you find that the new keyboard works well and you do not want to use the other keyboard, repeat these steps and Remove the keyboard that you do not want from the General tab of the Text Services and Input Languages window.

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You need to find the special function key that, when used with the Fn key, locks the Fn function on. On my keyboard it's the F11 key.
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Turn the key? :-) No, seriously not sure what you mean by locking the keys. Did you restart your computer? Have you tried the keyboard on another computer. Check the status of the Num-Lock, Scroll-Lock, Caps-Lock, or F-Lock. Hope this helps.

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