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Re: Keypad missing a letter
You have to have all the the parts to the little key. make sure none have slid under the keys, and since you probably do not know how to put it back together, I suggest you try going to ebay and see if you can get one, or maybe you can contact your local computer shop and see what they can do. I do not know how much this will cost but, Good Luck!
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There's more than likely something sticky in your keyboard, someone probably spilled liquid in there and now it's sticking as though your pressing even though you aren't. A new keyboard will fix this problem.
Per the Owner's manual, just press the NumLk button once to toggle the number lock off.
Unexpected charactersDisable the numeric keypad — Press <Num Lk> to disable the numeric keypad if numbers are displayed instead of letters. Verify that the numbers lock light is not lit."
Clean your keyboard, try to blow it out with compressed air, and also take a barely wet rag or Q-tip and clean out the gunk. You might be able to pop the keys off and clean in there, make sure the power is off or even unplug it. Even try to unplug the keypad and plug it in, and/or reboot the device.
You should be able to turn off the built in numeric keypad by pressing the fn key and the num lk simultaneously. The num lk is directly above the +/= key. If after doing this you still find you only momentarily turn off the numeric keyboard then there is another underlying issue. At that point you should take your unit to your area HP repair center.
I also had this very frustrating problem and found that removing the battery that would no longer hold a charge solved the issue. Go figure. Haven't bought a new battery yet to see what that does and I run my computer on AC power all the time now.