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    Default How to turn on function keys at startup?

    Can anyone tell me how to have the function keys automatically activated at startup under XP Pro?

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    Default Re: How to turn on function keys at startup?

    Bit more info would be good.

    Are you talking about a laptop or desktop? You mean the 'Fn' key on the laptop?

    Whats the brand of laptop?

    Were they working before? Did they just stop working? What do you currently do to get them working?
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    Default Re: How to turn on function keys at startup?

    Ooops.. I mam using a MS wireless keyboard and mouse

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    Default Re: How to turn on function keys at startup?

    my apologies for just sending a quick fire post. I am using a desktop with a MS wireless keyboard and mouse under a XP Pro SP3 OS. I would like the function keys to be activated automatically on startup as presently I have to hit the F lock key on the keyboard everytime I start or come out of standby. Thanks

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    Default Re: How to turn on function keys at startup?

    You shouldnt have to activate anything on startup.

    Im using an MS wireless kb / mouse as well. All the keys work fine, everytime I reboot

    Its probably because that kb has that F lock key.
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    Default Re: How to turn on function keys at startup?

    Quote Originally Posted by Speedy Gonzales View Post
    You shouldnt have to activate anything on startup.

    Im using an MS wireless kb / mouse as well. All the keys work fine, everytime I reboot

    Its probably because that kb has that F lock key.
    The keyboard starts up using the upper F key functions and not the default ones but when I hit the F lock key (and the indicator lights) the F keys return to the defaults (as per my laptop F keys). Does this mean that I just have to live with this quirky MS setup for this kb?

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    Default Re: How to turn on function keys at startup?

    Umm yup, or take it back, replace it with a kb that doesnt have a F lock key

    Unless there's an option in control panel under keyboard for it

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    Default Re: How to turn on function keys at startup?

    Quote Originally Posted by davehold View Post
    The keyboard starts up using the upper F key functions and not the default ones but when I hit the F lock key (and the indicator lights) the F keys return to the defaults (as per my laptop F keys). Does this mean that I just have to live with this quirky MS setup for this kb?
    It must be in the settings,have you looked in K/B settings?
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    Default Re: How to turn on function keys at startup?

    This can't actually be disabled except via a registry hack - it's a particularly braindead move on MS's part, but there you go.

    Grab the file from here, unzip it, and run '2gfl-e.reg'. If you decide you don't like the changes and want to revert to the old behavior, 'undo.reg' will put it back.
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    Default Re: How to turn on function keys at startup?

    Quote Originally Posted by Erayd View Post
    This can't actually be disabled except via a registry hack - it's a particularly braindead move on MS's part, but there you go.

    Grab the file from here, unzip it, and run '2gfl-e.reg'. If you decide you don't like the changes and want to revert to the old behavior, 'undo.reg' will put it back.
    DOH !!! Thats not what I wanted to hear (wanna give me another answer...lol) I dont think I have the confidence to start hacking my registry options so maybe I will just have to live with hitting the F-lock key.

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