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Falc7
September 14th, 2008, 10:03 PM
Something strange has happened to the keyboard on my my mum's ubuntu laptop, when ever i press some of the letters. They come out as numbers
l=3
n=4
And others, it makes typing words impossible. I haven't changed anything under keyboard in the main menu, and i tried pressing restore to defaults. It didn't work

Mornedhel
September 14th, 2008, 10:07 PM
Some laptops have a numeric pad built-in the keyboard. It's activated by some (varying) combination of Fn, NumLock, and more hocus pocus depending on the laptop. That thing wouldn't be on, would it ?

Just checking.

k33bz
September 14th, 2008, 10:09 PM
thats what it sounds like, you have the number pad enabled,


m=0
j=1
k=2
l=3 and so on and so correct?

R_T_H
September 14th, 2008, 10:11 PM
As people have said: try turning off Numlock. Or maybe your Fn key is stuck down. But try the former first.

k33bz
September 14th, 2008, 10:14 PM
As people have said: try turning off Numlock. Or maybe your Fn key is stuck down. But try the former first.

most of the time on latops that would be Fn+F11

R_T_H
September 14th, 2008, 10:16 PM
most of the time on latops that would be Fn+F11

On my Dell Latitude C400 (old :)) numlock is Fn+F4. *shrug*

Falc7
September 14th, 2008, 10:19 PM
Yes, that could very well be it, i was trying to adjust the screen brightness earlier, and i was pressing some of those combinations, mainly Fn, and F4-F9. Any idea what combination it could be?

The laptop is an aspire 4920,

edit fixed it, thanks very much :)

R_T_H
September 14th, 2008, 10:21 PM
If you look at the Fxx keys, one might say numlock. Does one? Or it might have a dedicated key?

k33bz
September 14th, 2008, 10:24 PM
I have an Aspire as well, not that exact model though.


on mine, the screen brightness is

Fn+right_arrow

to make it darker

Fn+left_arrow

Falc7
September 14th, 2008, 10:27 PM
Thanks as well for that tip

How do i mark this thread solved?

k33bz
September 14th, 2008, 10:31 PM
go to very top of this page to where it says "thread tools"
click it, and you should see "mark thread as solved"

pingu1
March 13th, 2010, 06:37 PM
Thank you guys!
My mother had this very problem. The cat was to blame - it walked over her keyboard.... pressed numlock.

Thanks.