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no number keypad

By mreitz2 ·
My number keypad suddenly stopped working last month. I checked the obvious - including my computer. After hooking up the new keyboard the numberpad still doesn't work. What should I check next? I have Emachines and xp.

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by trevor_giggey In reply to no number keypad

Is Numlock light on?

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by ddtservices1 In reply to no number keypad

Some PC Manufacturers have settings in the BIOS that relate to keyboard settings.
Even if your Manufacturer does not have settings in the BIOS for this there are registry key settings that can be changed to control this.
If after checking the registry settings and BIOS it is quite possible your port on the Motherboard could be bad so you may want to try a USB keyboard if you are using a PS/2 keyboard.


By default, Windows 2000 doesn't enable the NumLock key when a user initially logs on to a Windows 2000-based system--and even if the user turns on NumLock, Windows 2000 turns it off again whenever the user logs off. You can make the NumLock key stay on by changing the Registry.
Note: You need to either log on as the user or have the user log on and edit their Registry remotely. To turn on the NumLock key, set the following Registry value to 2:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Keyboard\InitialKeyboardIndicators

By default, Windows 2000 sets the InitialKeyboardIndicators value to 0 (which turns the NumLock key off).

You can turn on the NumLock key in the default profile so that every new user who log in to a computer has NumLock enabled by setting the following Registry value to 2:

HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Keyboard\InitialKeyboardIndicators

FOR XP refer to Microsoft Knowledgebase ARticle

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