Several times, on this brand new Gateway, the keyboard fails to function. None of the keys work, and the lights (as on Num Lock) are not lit. On the Control Panel the "Keyboad" is not listed. Something has removed the Keyboard Driver. This has happened three or four times.
The keyboard that came with the computer has a serial port connection.
After rebooting a couple times, because of Plug and Play, the keyboard again functions.
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Re: Keyboard doesn't work
Press the Receiver button (and the lights will start
Then if the Keyboard isn't working, press the small RESET/CONNECT
button on the back of the board to connect the keyboard to the
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Step 1: On some laptops it may be difficult to locate and activate the "Num Lock" key. Depending on the laptop, it may be hidden as a function where you have to press two keys. Most of the time, a laptop keyboard is just like a full desktop computer keyboard and it has a "Num Lock" key on it. Most people do not realize the "Num Lock" key is on their laptop keyboard because it barely serves a purpose without a full numeric keypad.
Press the "Num Lock" key on the laptop at the top, right of the keyboard. Press the "Num Lock" key and the "Fn" key simultaneously if the above does not work. Press "Fn" and "F11" simultaneously on the keyboard to activate the "Num Lock" function. Some laptops, like Toshiba, do have a "Num Lock" key. The shortcut for G3 Mac laptops it is "F5," and on G4 Mac laptops it is "F6."
Examine your keyboard to ensure your "Number Lock" key is not activated. This activation is indicated by the key being lit up. If the key is activated, press it to deactivate the lock. The number lock key will deactivate an entire segment of your keyboard
Start, click Run, and type regedit to open the Windows registry editor. In the registry, open the below folders.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Control Panel\ Keyboard\ Within the keyboard folder, you should have a string value named "InitialKeyboardIndicators" with a value of 0, 1, or 2. Below is the explanation of each of these values.
0 = Num Lock is turned OFF after the logon. 1 = Disable Num Lock. 2 = Numlock is turned ON after the logon. Hope this helps.
It's possible that you have hit the Num Lock key while you had another
key pressed. Try the following combinations, one at a time, to see if
any of them work. Be sure to test each one before moving on to the next
CTRL and NUM LK Shift and NUM LK ALT and NUM LK
lot of times characters will swap places if one of these combinations
has been pressed, and pressing the combination again should switch it
back. Let me know how it goes! If this doesn't work, we'll try something else.
Is the Num Lock light lit? This light is the one all the way to the left of several on the computer to the left of the power button (it looks like a padlock with a 9 in the center). The integrated number pad is probably active. Press to toggle this feature off. The Num Lk key is to the right of the various function keys but to the left of the keys labeled Insert and Delete.