numlock "stuck"

Discussion in 'Apple' started by Herlind Wurth, Jun 20, 2005.

  1. Hi!

    One of our users has a powerbook and somehow the num lock got "stuck". The
    green light, that indicates, that numlock is activated is permanently on -
    no matter how often you press F6. Even a reboot doesn't change anything.

    The keyboard functions normally as it should in numlock-mode (only numbers
    will be typed, when he hits the keys, no characters). With a plugged-in
    external keyboard you can type characters.

    So do you know if there is a way to release the numlock-key? (It is not
    physically stuck = it is on the same level as all the other keys, just that
    the light is always on).

    Do you think that this is a mechanical problem or is there a setting
    somewhere that I can change to get back to non-numlock-mode?

    kind regards, Herlind
    Herlind Wurth, Jun 20, 2005
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    mazirion Guest

    Sounds like it is time to pop that key and clean out the gunk underneath!
    mazirion, Jun 21, 2005
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  3. If it's one of the PBs with the keyboard that lifts right up, you might
    check under the numlock key for mushrooms and such.

    Cathy Stevenson, Jun 22, 2005
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    DaveC Guest

    Thus spake Cathy Stevenson:
    Lifting the keyboard gives you ... access to RAM, hard drive, etc.

    You need to pull off the *keycap* and clean beneath it. It's not difficult,
    but it's got potential for damage. Should be done by someone either
    experienced or knowledgeable of the little bits beneath the cap, and how they
    go back together.
    Please, no "Go Google this" replies. I wouldn't
    ask a question here if I hadn't done that already.


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    DaveC, Jun 22, 2005
  5. Thanks for the tips (to you and the other posters).

    I thought of lifting the keyboard, but this PB's keyboard could not be

    Unfortunately I cannot check on the PB anymore, because the owner was a
    guest and has already left. So now his admin has to take care of the

    thanks, Herlind
    Herlind Wurth, Jun 22, 2005
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