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Dell Inspiron 2200

Function Key (Fn) - still operates volume and brightness with the other keys you press but does not show monitor on screen. Fn button does not work with the other "F" buttons. i liked being able to Fn and F3 for battery strength etc. Got a new keyboard, still the same. Can I reset something on the laptop?

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  • st2malo Jul 24, 2008

    I restored to a previous date and it worked. Many thanks.

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    the fn key and f3 function key doesn't work in my Acer laptop

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You can try a system restore back to a point you remember it working, but most likely you will have to do a bios flash or an operating system repair with your recovery or operating system disc.

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