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Old 02-23-2002, 02:38 AM   #1
wjsulliv
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Need Numlock help


Ok, I'm a nebie running Mandrake 8.1.

On my laptop numlock is automatically enabled, which is a real pain because it means I have to manually turn it off to use the u,i,o,p,j,k,l,';,m,>,? keys (basically half my keyboard).

I am able to disable it once inside KDE perminantly, but I need to remove it from the boot list. Any ideas?

There are several articles about adding it so its always on, but nothing about turning it off.

Help?
 
Old 02-23-2002, 10:48 AM   #2
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This is not a solution...but I'd be curious which brand of laptop is that....

Have you gone through your laptop documentation??
 
Old 02-23-2002, 10:56 AM   #3
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Its a compaq, part of the newer 1200x series. There is no setting in the bios or anywhere else that I can find.

However, during the booting process one of the lines says "Starting numlock <ok>". That is the line I need to stop or reverse or whatever, but I can't figure out how to do that.
 
Old 02-23-2002, 11:06 AM   #4
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ok. I got a Compaq 1700, and its numlock is off by default. Try mailing Compaq's support if u don't get an answer anywhere else.
 
Old 02-23-2002, 12:53 PM   #5
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Ok I got the answer, which should apply universally for atleast Mandrake 8.1.

I got this from the mandrake website.

in '/sbin' you can use the 'service' and 'chkconfig' commmands. Service is used for onetime uses, chkconfig is a permanent change to the boot.

service has the following options:
status, start, stop, restart

so '# service numlock status' will tell me if numlock is enabled (on) at boot.

command has the following options:
on, off, --list

so '# chkconfig numlock off' will turn numlock off at boot, everytime.

alternatively '#chkconfig numlock on' will enable it everytime you boot.
 
Old 02-23-2002, 12:56 PM   #6
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cool.

Thanks for the info.
 
  


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