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    Exclamation Numeric keyboard malfunction on Acer 5742


    I am running Ubuntu on an Acer 5742 laptop and running XP on Oracle Virtual box and plugged in externally (keyboard, mouse etc...) I have lost ability on both the laptop numeric keyboard (only the numeric keys) and the external keyboard when plugged in. This happened while I was working in Virtual box and running Windows XP. When the laptop is on its own the numeric keyboard doesn't work (only numeric keys) either.

    I have toyed with the number lock and I have un-installed and re-installed both"keyboard input methods" and "input method switcher" within Ubuntu software centre to with no change.

    Not that I bought the damn computer for the numeric keyboard but it should work.

    Help!!!!

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    Problem solved!!!

    I heard from a friend who is a Ubuntu Guru that I had disengaged the numeric keypad on both the keypad on my laptop and external keyboard by hitting CTRL+SHIFT+NUM LOCK. I hit the same keystroke and the numeric keypad is back.


    Problem fixed!!!

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    Perfect.

    Thanks for that info!
    I had to press ctrl-shift-num lock twice to cycle through what is obviously different functions for the numeric key pad, but now it works perfectly. I've been running ubuntu on this laptop for over a year now, and it had always annoyed me that the keypad did't work. Now it Does!


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