numlock not on at start?

Discussion in 'Dell' started by Cynthia G, Nov 6, 2004.

  1. Cynthia G

    Cynthia G Guest

    Dimension XPST800r, PIII.

    I've noticed on my sister's system (which was once mine and it worked
    then) - the numlock is noton when windows starts.

    It is set to On in the BIOS and the light is on during boot, but goes
    out when we get to XP welcome screen and stays off until pressed to come

    What am I missing?

    Cynthia G, Nov 6, 2004
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  2. Cynthia G

    Bill Joy Guest

    XP saves the state of numlock during shutdown and restores it when rebooted.
    Bill Joy, Nov 7, 2004
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  3. Thats not completely right.

    XP saves the state *for a user* when he logs off or shutdown the
    computer. This saved state is restored, when the user login into XP.
    As long as the XP-login screen is shown, the state of the numlock is
    off! Just after login the last state is restored.

    (E.g. what should XP do as long as the login-screen is shown, if there
    are 2 user accounts on the machine, one user has enabled and the other
    disabled num lock...).

    I think there is a registry key, which enabled the numlock state on
    login screen. Save this as "numlock.reg" and doubleklick on it:

    ----- numlock.reg -----
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Keyboard]
    Manuel Fischer, Nov 7, 2004
  4. Cynthia G

    Cynthia G Guest

    Thank you. I found instructions on Kelly's Korner website (can't
    believe I didn't look there first). Since I've nver had the numlock off
    on any of my systems, I thought this was peculiar to this one - never
    occurred to me it might be a common issue.
    Cynthia G, Nov 7, 2004
  5. Erm. There's "peculiar" and there's "peculiar". For those of us
    for whom the AT keyboard was a new-fangled invention, numlock
    *on* is peculiar. Many of us never got into the habit of using
    the "T" cursor keys and the movement key-set that the AT keyboard
    inserted between the asdfjkl; "typewriter" keyboard and the god
    [aka IBM] mandated multi-fuction cursor/number keys. For us,
    numlock on is abominable, and we have spent the time needed to
    set numlock off as the boot-up state in the BIOS on every
    80286-Pentiumwhatever machine we have ever bought/been assigned
    to on our jobs.

    Even in my declining years, it is always a psychic shock when
    have to use someone else's computer [most often either a
    bookkeeper/accounting machine or an engineer's machine] and find
    myself seeing numbers when I hit page down when I open a
    document. "That @_$&*U#_$ idiot has the numlock on."

    ObWinkie: ;->
    Ogden Johnson III, Nov 7, 2004
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