08-25-2009 03:08 PM
Ok, I've done some searching about this already, and I'm rather perplexed (to put it politely). How can a feature like an f-lock function be "not programmatically controlled" (as stated on a Microsoft page), when something in my wife's current system (WinXP) is blatantly turning off the f-lock ???!?
OK; the problem. We have an "Internet 1500 wireless kbd/mouse combo" that has been working nicely for about a month now, but just today, my wife complained that the F2 key doesn't work in Excel anymore. Investigating I found the little [F] light on the receiver was off, and I remember when getting the keyboard, that this was always on because the keyboard has no f-lock key, presumably because it has additional little slim "media keys" that are programmable, leaving the F1-F12 to always act as originally intended!
Receiver is connected by USB (yes - seen posts about this also), and indeed, unplugging and plugging USB cable does turn on [F] light briefly, but then it goes off again within 1 or 2 seconds ! Sometimes, I can get the F1 to act as a "Help" key before the light goes out, but then it becomes dead again. Also tried the "remove batteries" trick too - no help (and had to secure keyboard connection again). Also, during boot, [F] key comes on whilst XP is logging in / loading things, but turns off near the end of the startup phase...
Hmmm... I had a thought, and I do appear to have found the culprit! The Logitech SetPoint software seems to be it - (says 4.0 on the CD). Disabling SetPoint from running has stopped the F-lock being turned off !
08-29-2009 07:27 PM
My setpoint driver offers the possibility to deactivate num lock. Did you check, whether this was accidentially turned on in your setpoint settings?
- go into setpoint
- open "My Keyboard"
- on the left choose the lowermost icon "Keyboard Inactive Keys"
- uncheck "disable num lock key"
08-30-2009 05:23 PM
Um.. unfortunately I don't think you read my post very closely. I'm talking about the f-lock function, not num-lock.
I do know the settings page you refer to, and there are a list of the mod-keys you can disable, but f-lock is not listed. All the other mod-keys are not disabled (actually I may have disabled the scroll-lock after looking into this because that one is so rarely used for anything these days. ( I do actually remember a couple of decades ago when it was a very useful key when you wanted to pause a long listing shooting up the screen ! )
Thanks for the reply tho'
08-31-2009 12:27 AM
aaaahaha oh my! What the heck was I reading in the first place?? sorry about that spoj.
you might be interested in this posting though >> it states that the default f-lock function changed from setpoint 4.6 on. Maybe you're right with your automated update theory?