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Re: Laptop Keyboard Configuration



Numlock was indeed the problem.  Thanks so much for the help!
Jim


"Matthew Saltzman" <mjs ces clemson edu> wrote in message 
news:Pine SOC 4 61 0701161132020 22647 access ces clemson edu   
> On Tue, 16 Jan 2007, Jim Duda wrote:
>
>> I'm having trouble with my laptop keyboard configuration.  I'm stumped, hoping someone will recognize this issue.
>>
>> I have an old Winbook P3 450Mhz laptop.  It had a broken keyboard, the a,s,d keys didn't work.  I installed FC5 on 
>> the laptop using a PS2 keyboard on the back.  The laptop seemed to work fine, so, I ordered a replacement keyboard 
>> (dell 5000 style keyboard) and installed the new keyboard.
>>
>> When FC5 boots, the keyboard appears to work with gdm, I can use all the keys when attempting to login.  I can 
>> successfully login.  However, after X starts running, the right side of the keyboard doesn't work properly.  All the 
>> keys appears as numbers.  It's almost as if the right side of the keyboard is working like the number pad on a 
>> standard external keyboard.
>
> On many laptop keyboards, you'll see numbers and alternative punctuation on the keys on the right.  They are 
> accessible using NumLock.
>
>>
>> Now, if I plug in the external PS2 keyboard, the laptop keyboard starts working just fine.  I can even remove the PS2 
>> keyboard, and the the laptop keyboard continues to work.  However, after some amount of time (hours) the laptop 
>> keyboard reverts to the bad behavior and I need to install the PS2 keyboard again to restore the laptop keyboard to 
>> proper operation.
>>
>> In the FC5 preferences menu, I have the laptop keyboard configured as the default with is a pc-105 keyboard type.
>>
>> Anyone have any ideas?
>
> Do you have a NumLock key?  Try toggling it.  If there are CapsLock and NumLock LEDs, see if the NumLock one is on.
>
> Check the BIOS and see if NumLock is set on at boot time.  If it is, try setting it off.
>
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Jim
>>
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