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Netbook, Num-lock, Windows 7

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Kith, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. Kith


    Jan 18, 2010
    Heres one for you:

    Friends kid has a netbook. Forget what brand. Running Windows 7 with a Targus usb num-pad. No software for the num-pad.

    No num-lock key on the keyboard, though a num-pad can be accessed through the function key. (The numbers are blue on the keys)

    I bought him a usb num-pad, and we have a problem with it.

    When we press a key on the num-pad, an 'icon' pops up on the screen with the words "off" and "on". The word "on" is highlighted, and then it goes away.

    Same exact thing happens every time we press a key on the num-pad.

    The icon represents the num-lock function, but not sure how to describe what it looks like.

    The num-pad won't work because of this. It turns the num-lock to "on" when a key is pressed, but that is all. The "on" state is not saved by windows between button presses.

    Is there a setting in windows 7 to automatically turn the num-lock function on for the computer?

    Things I have tried:
    -Keyboard settings in control panel. No help here.

    -Searched through windows 7 for a num-lock "on" or "off" setting, but couldn't find one.

    -Device manager settings for the usb device. No help here.

    -Edited the registry key under Hkey local users "keyboard" to turn on the num-pad, didn't help.

    Further changed the registry key to have all(num,scroll, etc..) locks on by default, with still no success.

    -Changed Num-lock to "on" by default on the BIOS for the motherboard on the netbook. Didn't work either, once windows took over it reset the num-pad to "off" by default.

    Any suggestions?

    (I knew the keyboard registry key probably wouldn't work since it was a seperate HID, but figured it was worth a shot.)
  2. jpa

    jpa CLM

    May 28, 2001
    Las Vegas NV
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2010

  3. Kith


    Jan 18, 2010
    Yes, tried there - met with no success.

    Thank you for the suggestion though, I do appreciate it.

    The kid called me a little while ago, said he solved the problem but has no idea how he did it. He's bright for a 10 year old, but we are still working on his 'scientific method'

    I'm looking forward to finding out what he did.
  4. Bado


    Apr 22, 2007
    try a standard usb keyboard. Hit the numlock and make sure it is working. Windows retains this setting. Then switch the keyboard with the keypad.
  5. Kith


    Jan 18, 2010
    Bado - good suggestion!

    Windows saves the setting in the registry, under the registry key entries I mentioned above - I had bypassed the hardware swap and did it manually through the registry.

    Appreciate the advice!