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Author Topic: How to turn F lock on the keyboard ON by default?  (Read 11253 times)

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How to turn F lock on the keyboard ON by default?
« on: September 09, 2006, 01:31:58 AM »
I have a Microsoft keyboard which has a 'F lock' (Function lock) which is OFF by default when the computer is turned on. Unless that key is turned ON, pressing function keys like say F5 doesn't work.

It's not a problem as such, but a minor annoyance.

Is it possible to have this key turned ON by default upon system start?

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Re: How to turn F lock on the keyboard ON by default?
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2006, 01:32:39 AM »
i'd like to know this too.

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Re: How to turn F lock on the keyboard ON by default?
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2006, 03:43:22 AM »
I had a Logitech keyboard with the identical behaviour and it turned out that there is not (software) possibility to do this, because the F Lock is hardware only and cannot be controlled with software. This annoyed me so much that i buyed a new Microsoft keyboard (Ergonomic 4000) which keeps the last state. So when the F Lock is ON and i reboot the F Lock keeps the ON state. I know that the predecessor act different, so a new keyboard become due? Or you open the keyboard and try the hardware way.

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Re: How to turn F lock on the keyboard ON by default?
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2006, 04:28:20 AM »
I have a Microsoft keyboard which has a 'F lock' (Function lock) which is OFF by default when the computer is turned on. Unless that key is turned ON, pressing function keys like say F5 doesn't work.

It's not a problem as such, but a minor annoyance.

Is it possible to have this key turned ON by default upon system start?

Quite easy for PS/2 keyboards (lucky me): Just apply a registry patch. For USB keyboards it's a bit tricky.

Visit this site for more information:

http://jtsang.mvps.org/flock.html

« Last Edit: September 09, 2006, 04:31:27 AM by wr975 »

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Re: How to turn F lock on the keyboard ON by default?
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2006, 04:35:39 AM »
This "feature" is possibly the worst idea keyboard manufacturers has. Who the hell came up with the idea that the function keys shouldn't be default!? Anyway, I fixed this with KeyTweak, which you'll find here: http://webpages.charter.net/krumsick/

Just remap the keys, i.e. switch them around, so that Fn is default, and you'll still be able to take advantage of the behaviour that the KB-manufacturer wants you to use as default.

Happy remapping!

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Re: How to turn F lock on the keyboard ON by default?
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2006, 03:30:21 PM »
TucknDar: Can you please explain as to which key should be remapped to what?

I ran the program and the F Lock key image representation is grayed out. Every other key on the keyboard appears enabled and I am able to click on any, and assign it a new mapping.
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