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The Fn key on my Gateway laptop is malfunctioning. When I type, the blue Fn characters on the keys is what is showing up unless I hold the Fn key down and type the letters I need...help...I replaced the keyboard because I thought it was bad but it is doing it with the new keyboard as well.

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Make sure Num Lock is turned off. If Num Lock is on the blue characters will show up by default.

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