I have a problem with certain keys on this laptop.
When I strike the z Fn / or arrow keys a signal is sent to the laptop which appears different from the key itself.
It locks up the keyboard thereafter because it thinks the key(s) are depressed.
I have traced the foregoing with a keyboard test software application from passmark software.com. It's shareware on trial for 30 days.
According to the diagnostic software, striking one key shows the other offending keys perm. locked in the depressed position, sending signals. But they have not physically been touched.
Oddly, pressing the A key and then the Z key together (in that order) released the jamming.
I've already tried uninstalling the keyboard driver and I've run a complete AVG anti-virus test - all clear. It's XP and all updates are in place.
What next - can you help?
I did this all with a USB keyboard and mouse by the way.
OK, so now that I can actually use them, I start to test out the touchpad and keyboard and had the same problem all you lot did. I looked at the keys which were giving me greif and saw that they are all keys that had alternate settings when used with the function (fn) key. Turns out that there was a fn lock on the keyboard which I cleared by holding the fn key and pressing f11. This turned off a little LED just above the "9" key and voila, working laptop again.
To test if this is the problem with your laptop, press and hold down the "fn" key and press any of the keys which are coming up incorrectly. If while holding it down (cancelling out the lock, like how shift and caps lock work) the correct character appears on screen, then you too are suffering from funct-itis (tm)
Arianne - Have you found a solution for your keyboard woes? I'm very interested because I have a Toshiba laptop with the exact same problem. I have found out that it IS NOT a problem with the keyboard hardware. My boss has the exact same laptop - without the keyboard problem. I took the keyboard off his laptop and put it on mine. Same problem. So I put my keyboard on his laptop and it worked perfectly. I started having problems about 2 or 3 weeks ago. My laptop is 2 years old running XP SP2. I have thought about formatting the hard drive and re-installing everything. Any thoughts? Joe
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Re: Toshiba Equium Laptop Keyboard Problem
I had a laptop like that once and all I did was lifted the keys cafefully and clean them...its pain stakingly time consuming but hey it saved me from buying a new keyboard and or having it repaired. you know its not simple to change a key board like yours after all its a laptop not a desktop......lift up all the keys if you have too gently wipe it or blow with hair dryer. Methinks someone spilt some tea over it but didnt tel you....the sugar is now tacky.
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Try the Fn (Fuction Key), key & the key that has the SUN symbol and an up arrow on it for brightness & the key with the half sun & an up arrow for contrast usually. (Both the Fn & that key may be necessary on certain models).
There should be a function key (usually labeled "FN") on the keyboard. There will probably also be buttons with brightness adjustment labels on them. Usually the arrow up/down keys adjust your brightness while the FN key is pressed. The adjustment keys are usually labeled with a picture of the sun with an up or down arrow beside it - almost always in a different color than the letters on your keys [maybe light blue?]. Otherwise you may have to adjust it via software in the control panel. Good luck.
This signal is not being sent to the projector. It could be a couple items. Check the VGA cable by swapping out with another. You may need to hold the FN key and hold the CRT/LCD at the same time. Press the CRT/LCD a few times while all the time still holding the FN key. The laptop may not have a key labeled CRT/LCD it may have an icon of screen, laptops differ.
Look for the "Fn" key at the lower left of the keyboard. Hold this down and look at the "F" or function keys at the top of the keyboard, look for the symbol that looks like the sun or light shining, there may be one key that simply toggles through the settings or there may be two keys, one for brightness and then another for dimming. Most functions will be printed in blue on a notebook keyboard, so also look at the arrow keys to the right, there maybe brightness indicators on the up arrow as well as the down arrow. When ever you want to perform a certain function with these keys, you have to hold down the "Fn" key while pressing the function key.
Hello, When the hardware connection is made: S video in laptop port and S-video in TV there remain two things to do. 1. On the computer, extend your desktop to show on the TV. On my laptop I press Fn-F5, and an OSD appears. I can choose the output to the TV and the internal LCD by holding the Fn key while pressing the F5 key. Each time I press the F5 key the focus moves to another icon (TV only, Monitor only, LCD and monitor, etc.) Once you know how to externd the display or divert it to the external screen, you can take care of the TV. On the TV remote (the easiest way), there must be a key labeled AV, AUX, or some such thing. Once you press it, and OSD appears on the TV screen giving you several input options :TV, AV, S-Video, PC. Select S-Video. It will tell you no signal if you have not yet diverted screen output of laptop to it. Use the Fn-Fx key to send the signal to the TV. This may not be the way to configure the connection for your laptop-TV combination, but I am venturing it anyway in the hope that it will help you solve the problem.
However there are no better sources of information than your laptop manual, and the TV user guide.
The physical control is found by holding the 'fn' key in lower left and pressing a function key. Which function key...look across the top row of 'f#' keys for one that has a little sun shape and an up arrow. Press the 'fn' key and this function key to up the brightness.
Software control can be found by going into the Control Panel and selecting Power Management. Here you can define how bright (or dim) your computer is in different states (plugged into power or on battery). You can also define how the computer behaves when left inactive for certain amount of time and how the power button works when pressed while computer is on.
For more info, use your Windows help feature or your Medion user's guide. They should be able to tell you how to control brightness.
There is a master function key that you hold down while tapping another function located on the keyboard. This all depends on the model of laptop. Next time try to giva a little more info like make and model, which is located on the bottom. The function key or Fn key is usually located on the keyboard near the Alt and Control key lower left. while holding this key down, you tap the corresponding brightness key on the number of the keyboard, some times the brightness is on the 4 arrows on the right side of the keyboard...sometimes they are the numbers 6 or 7 look for what appears to be a symbol that looks like the sun or a light. Hold down Fn and tap the key that brightens the display.
Hello, The Fn keys are usually used with other keys for different functions. Like it is used with the up arrow key to increase the brightness of your display. Fn alone doesn show up anything. If you meant that Fn key along with other keys dint work, then reinstall your keyboard driver. This might help.
Not sure if your laptop has this button but try holding the "fn" key and the ▲(up arrow key) together (keep tapping on the up arrow key as you hold the "fn" key). Also, your laptop might have a key that has a sun symbol with an up arrow symbol as well. If so, hold "fn" key and tap the key with the sun&
▲arrow symbol. Hope this help.