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Re: keyboards additional buttons not working
You have a couple of options here 1st try this go to start then my computer and right click on my computer then go to properties than look for device manager scroll down to where it says keyboards and open it right click on the one one showing your keyboard and look for remove and click on it it will ask you if you want to remove it from your system press y after it is done you will have to restart the computer once the computr is loaded there will be a found new hardware pop up on the taskbar and it will tell you about the keyboard let this finish loading and it will tell you that your device is ready to use or it will tell you that there was a problem and it may not work properly hopefully this works if not please please let me know and i will give you the other options ok best regards mike
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Is it possible to control the master volume with some keyboard shortcut? I would prefer it to be without a use of some additional software.But if it isn't possible then the software should be pretty light-weight and not consume a lot of CPU/RAM. Thank you for your help.
PS: I DON'T intend to buy a multimedia keyboard for that.
Yes,you can create a Master Volume Shortcut and also assign a Shortcut Key.
Right click on a empty area on desktop, and click on New and Shortcut.
Paste the following in to the location of the item area:-
%windir%\System32\SndVol.exe -f 49825268
Click Next button and give a name to the Shortcut and click Finish.
Now You right click on it and select Properties.
Click Shortcut tab.
Assign your desired shortcut key like F8 or F9 in the Shortcut Key area.
There is nothing that is related to virus in this problem, the volume control keys on the key board are extra keys which are usually found to malfunction over a period of time.
Also these keys depends on the fact whether the keyboard requires a driver to be installed for them, which depends on the brand of keyboard and whether you received a driver cd along with the keyboard to enable that functionality etc..
It could also happen that your operating system is not supporting the keys due to some driver update.
In your case it seems that the keys are not functioning due to a circuit damage which is normal for such keyboards with extra keys, Though many people won't do that would recommend you to change or replace the keyboard with a new one because of this reason,if it's under warranty.
Your Packard-Bell keyboard was designed to work specificaly with your PB system. The old computer came (probably pre-installed) with software and drivers that map the extra keys to functions like e-mail, calculator, volume control etc. It may be possible to make the keyboard work like it did on your old system by locating and installing the Packard Bell keyboard driver and software. Go to the PB website and select UK-Irish support location. From there go to support section and follow the automated support by filling in info such as model number etc. No guarantee it will work but worth a try.
for my Dell multimedia keyboard..I had to run the program at every reboot. but it worked great for 2 years..But recently I had to reinstall windows and now I cant get that or any other program to work for my keyboard volume.
When I bought my s510 recently I couldn't use the function keys even with the software that came with the keyboard and mouse.
I had to actually download new logitech software for the s510 which allowed me to use the function/extra keys.
Navigate to: http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/keyboards/keyboard_mice_combos/devices/145&cl=US,EN
On the right hand side of the screen you will see 'Support Center' below it click 'Downloads,' From there you can choose your OS w98 and language and download the software you need to get your keyboard working the way it should.
It could be a short in the cable to the computer or maybe corrupted software. To use those extra keys requires extra software so I'd be inclined to uninstall it and then then reboot and then reinstall.
As those extra keys can be changed to almost anything you want them to do I'd bet on a software problem. Run the software that's installed on it now and see what it's set on now. It's pretty straight forward to reset everything.
Oh and make sure the plug to the computer is plugged in fully