To disable the sleep button on the acer keyboard Do the following (Vista home)
Go to control panel (classic view) double click Power options.
left hand margin select Choose what the power buttons do.
This opens a systems settings page
You will see an option :
When I press the sleep button: (Don't worry that the picture of the button is different than the keyboard's Zz)
Select Do Nothing from the dropdown box.
Click the Save changes button at the bottom of the screen.
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Re: snooze button on my acer keyboard
It is recommended that you press the Power button less than 4 seconds to wake your system from Standby mode. Do not hold the Power button in for longer than 4 seconds as this will shut down your system.
You can wake your system from Sleep mode with the keyboard or mouse by configuring your monitor to turn off before your system goes into Standby. To do this, follow the steps below.
Click on Start, Settings, Control Panel
Double-click Power Management
Ensure the Home/Office Desk setting for "System Standby" is set longer than "Turn off Monitor" and set "Turn off Hard Disks" to Never.
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Easiest solution...buy a new keyboard. Beyond that, pop the keys out with a butterknife, and insure that nothing is keeping them from fully depressing. If there's no obstruction, you might try completly pulling the case off the keyboard itself. If you've never done this, you'll find that each "key" on the keyboard corresponds to a matching "black button" on the physical board itself. The Key pressing on this button is what sends the signals to your computer that a keystroke has been made. Try pressing that little "black button" with a pencil or something, and see if it registers. If it does, you just need a new key, if not, the board is shot and it's cheapest to get a whole new keyboard.
I know that i've kind of watered this down, but i hope it points you in the right direction.
blue number etc are functions that are connected to the blue fn button in the left hand corner.
press and hold the blue fn button and at the some time one of the other buttons.
eg volume + or - for volume up and down or the moon shape for hibernate, or the sun to change the screen brightness,antenna button to switch on and of your bluetoot or wifi, or the screen button to switch on and off your external monitor port on the back etc. the blue number are your numeric keypad like on a normal keyboard this can be used in the same way by holding the blue fn button down at the same time.
Make sure there is no diskette or cd in the drives, and reboot the machine. If it continues to give you the single cursor, then you have other issue to deal with, I'd contact Acer immediately, and return the unit.
that means that the keyboard has been set to a different language. On my screen at the bottom right hand is a little keyboard icon and when i click on it it lets me scroll through US English, Canadian French and Canadian Multilingual Standard. If the keyboard is set to the Canadian French option (or whatever other option that is available on your keyboard in red characters) the number two button changes function.