Really Stupid Question

Bulldog VII

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I've recently changed to an iMac from a PC & have a really stupid question

My numerical keypad has stopped working, I've checked the help page & it says turn on the pad use the "Key Pad Lock Button"

I'm using a standard UK apple key board & have no idea which key iy is??

HELP!!

Thanks
 

Bulldog VII

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If it's the key with a rectangle on it with a diagonal cross through it, I've tried that & it makes no difference??

It's ever so frustrating!
 

Ish

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It may be different on the laptops, but on my (UK) PB, F6 is the number lock. Worth a try anyway.
 

ctango

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I've never heard of a key pad locking button on recent macs. If you just got it I and you are still within your apple care limits, I'd call Apple up, they'll set it straight. Or if you have a genius bar around you take it there and they can help you figure it out. I'm trying to reproduce it on my end (US keyboard), but I'm not having any luck yet.
 

ctango

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AH HAH!


i think i got your fix.


http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=75459


It is very easy for this to happen, and it is a fun prank to pull on people for April Fool's day. What happened is Universal Access got turned on at some point. More to the point.

Go to your system preferences, universal access, mouse, and turn off mouse keys. That should fix your problem.


chris
 

sorryiwasdreami

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Yes, try pressing the "clear" key. On my Apple keyboard it says num lock and clear both. Maybe try holding shift while you press it.
 

shwc

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found this in apple support documents (UK)

Mac OS X: Numeric Keypad Does Not Respond
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=42937

This document describes a situation where the numeric keypad does not respond in Mac OS X applications.

Symptom:
Typing numbers using the numeric keypad does not work, but the Key Caps utility indicates that the keys are being pressed. Holding down the Shift key allows the numeric keypad to work correctly.


Solution:
1. Choose System Preferences from the Apple menu.
2. Choose Universal Access from the View menu.
3. Click the Mouse tab.
4. Turn off "Mouse Keys". If Mouse Keys is already off, turn it on and off again.

Note:
Mouse Keys could be turned on inadvertently if certain programs (most notably games) make use of the Option key. Pressing Option five times in a row is the keyboard shortcut for turning on Mouse Keys. You can avoid this by deselecting the "Allow Universal Access Shortcuts" checkbox at the bottom of the Universal Access pane.
 

Bulldog VII

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Dear all

Thanks for your help. I now have working numbers (it was on the universal access & I needed to turn the mouse keys off)

Thanks again

Bulldog V11
 

Bulldog VII

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Ok, just when I though I had cracked this computer another problem with the mouse.

The wheel on the top will only go up when scrolling (ie back to the top of the page) & not down

I have gone to preferences - mouse - & tried it on all 4 settings for scrolling

This computer may soon be lying in the road:mad:

HELP please!!

Phil
 

shwc

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I think we need more information.

What kind and mouse do you have [manufacture, and description (i.e., scroll wheel or scroll button ala mighty mouse]?

Are you using apple's default mouse drivers, or did you install 3rd party drivers?

By not scroll down, do you mean no attempt to scroll down appears to be made or is it trying to scroll, but not doing it well (jumpy or very slow at scrolling down)?
 

queshy

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I can't help you, but the only stupid question is the one you don't ask! People never get flamed for asking more "basic" questions" unless it's one that's been answered a million times. Either way this isn't a basic question...but good luck!