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Old 04-28-2009, 02:15 AM   #1
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Cannot turn NumLock off my laptop


I am new to Linux and have installed Ubuntu on an IBM Thinkpad. I have a wired connection to the Internet. In the process of trying to convert to wireless, I have inadvertanly pressed a key that has permanently changed my keyboard to NumLock.
This has put about ten letters into numerals and I cannot now type with the infected letters as they are now numerals.
I have pressed Shift-NumLock but it will not covert the keys back to
the correct alphabetical ones. I have also tried a number of other combinations without getting off the NumLk.

Has anyone got any other suggestions as I believe this is a very simple problem that has stumped me.
Old 04-28-2009, 03:57 AM   #2
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Have you tried System > Preferences > Keyboard?
Old 04-28-2009, 04:48 AM   #3
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Maybe look for a button "Fn" and press Fn+NumLock.
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I don't know if it will work for you, but this response to a similar problem was posted in Tech Republic a couple of years ago:

Find the NumLock key (probably also the ScrlLk key). Press and hold Shift, then press and release NumLock.
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Thanks for all the replies. I found that by connecting laptop to the docking station I was able to turn Num Lock off and get back to normal.



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