Num Lock

By VAR1016 ·
It's a small thing in the great scheme of things, but I am annoyed that recently, Num Lock has to be activated rather than coming (and staying) on automatically on my home-built computer (Gigabyte M55plus 3G, AMD 5600+, 2GB ram, XP Pro).

I thought that this was set in the Bios, but not on this computer; the option isn't there.

So I went into Help and found the bit of VBS script I am supposed to save in the start up menu. I did all this to no avail - of course the Help menu does say "applies to Windows 2000". Why this appears on my computer which is running XP Pro I don't know!

As I said, it's a small thing, but when first built a few weeks ago the computer engaged Num Lock; now it doesn't!

Thanks in advance as always,


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Try this Paul

by Jacky Howe In reply to Num Lock

. To enable NumLock through the Registry:

* Open Windows' Registry Editor (START > RUN, type "REGEDIT").
*. Navigate to HKEY_USERS\.Default\Control Panel\Keyboard.
*. Change the value for InitialKeyboardIndicators from 0 to 2.

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by VAR1016 In reply to Try this Paul

Brilliant, thanks, works perfectly.

best wishes


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That's Great

by Jacky Howe In reply to 100%!

glad to be able to help.

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Watch out

by The 'G-Man.' In reply to Num Lock

Num Lock issues are a sign of potential motherboard problems. Perhaps this issue goes deeper?

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This is very interesting

by VAR1016 In reply to Watch out

Interesting; I don't think I have motherboard troubles, although curiously the arrow keys will not work in the bios - but the arrow keys on the number pad do. I cleared the CMOS yesterday and the arrow keys worked - but only once. Next attempt nothing except very occasionally I can get a reaction.

But since the other arrow keys work I am not terribly worried!



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