Keyboard types numbers instead of letters [Solved/Closed]

Optimus2479 - Jun 20, 2009 at 12:29 PM - Latest reply:  D
- May 17, 2018 at 04:14 AM
Hello,

I have a HP Pavilion DV9000 entertainment PC.
When the num lock button is on certain keys on my keyboard types numbers instead of letters.
I have tried pressing the FN+num lock and FN+Shift+num lock and the problem still persists.
The letters that are typeing numbers with num lock on are U, I, O, P, J, K, L, and M.
Any help with this problem would be greatly appreciated.
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Try this.

Press the Start key + R.

type
osk
in that box and hit enter

On this keyboard, try toggling numlock scrolllock and capslock a few times. does it help?

I think your numlock might be stuck on and your keyboard "num lock" key isnt working

Thank you, Genius 409

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Thanks! That worked great, apparently the Scroll Lock was set.
Thank you. I didn't use my notebook for 6 years for this. Thank you so much.
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There is a FIX to this issue. Our laptop was having this issue after we unplugged an external keyboard. Hold the SHIFT & NUMLOCK keys on your laptop and it should fix the problem. It did ours.
This works!!!! THANK YOU. But......here is the catch: you must first have number lock OFF. Type something to make sure your keyboard is all letters. Then.....if you need to use the numbers pad, hold shift while you do the number lock. Other sequences won't work.
Thank you, DJ Daddi!

This works!!! I have been going crazy trying to fix it after I used an external keyboard. My only question is, should I continue to use an external keyboard when needed.

Thank you,
Thank you so much!
thank u it solved
Electracat 1 Posts Saturday September 9, 2017Registration date September 9, 2017 Last seen - Sep 9, 2017 at 01:35 PM
Thanks, thanks, thanks. I have a 2017 Lenovo YOGA with an abbreviated keyboard - it has no numbers lock that is apparent to anyone who does not build keyboards!! I was completely locked out and couldn't use my complicated password to get in. I tried everything with the function key as suggested, but no dice. THEN I just happened on your suggestion to use the Shift along with the Fn + Insert key and hooray - I'm back in business. (no thanks to Lenovo's support). I'm just an ordinary user of technology but now I'm a member of your site - so helpful to folks like me.
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This is because of an external keyboard or screenkeyboard was used,
on that, numlock was changed, and still in the system.
When you unplug it, with the numlock off on the laptop, but on on the keyboard,
you will have a difference and its activated in the system, what only can be helped with an external keyboard possibly.
Sounds difficult, most because of my explaination, but here is to do it:

1: Turn off numlock on your laptop.
2: Plug in an external keyboard.
3: Probarely numlock is on, turn it off on the External,
but leave the laptop allone.
4: Now its both off,
5: unplug the Keyboard
6: Now it will be fine!
thank you it helps a lot!!!!
thanks alote .....
helps a lot man, thank you!!!!
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Try FN and Scroll. Hope it works for you. It did on mine.
this worked on mine! fn and scroll! thanks a bunch!
Optimus2479 - Jun 21, 2009 at 04:12 AM
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On my lap top I have a full qwerty key board. when I say letters being typed as numbers I mean the letters on my keyboard are being replaced by numbers. When numlock is on the numberpad should be the only thing that is typeing numbers when pressed. This is some kind of sticky key or something that effect that is on and I can not figure out to turn it off. This is not normal since it only just recently started doing this.
I have a Lenovo 3000 N200 doing the same thing. The fix was hold the Fn key and then hit the ScnLk and then the NumLk then release the Fn key.
hey thanks a lot ..yu really solved ma problem in a min which I tryin to solve from past 1 month....thanks a ton...
Thanks a lot.
THANKS A LOT THIS ONE WORKD FOR ME....
xpcman 19156 Posts Wednesday October 8, 2008Registration dateModeratorStatus August 9, 2018 Last seen - Jun 20, 2009 at 03:35 PM
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This is normal - This is what NumLock does.

It types numbers for the letters - it's used on laptops that don't have room for a numeric key pad.
No, xpc, I think u misdiagnosed it. I have the same problem and my keyboard has both number keys and
letter keys. My work 'puter has both also and NUMLOCK doesn't affect the problem. It just turns off the
numbers when not on.
supposedITprofessional - Feb 4, 2010 at 02:15 AM
Turning off Numlock fixed my problem straight away. We didn't think of this as the 'problem' started at around the same time as me first installing an external keyboard.....Doh!
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IT DOES HAVE ITS OWN NUMERIC KEYPAD JUST LIKE A REGULAR KEYBOARD, MINE DOES THE SAME THING; WHEN THE NUM LOCK BUTTON IS ON AND YOU USE THE REGULAR KEYBOARD TO THE LEFT TO TYPE YOU WILL INTERMITTANTLEY GET NUMBERS INSTEAD OF LETTERS WHILE TYPING
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c is 1 the d is 2 the e is 3 then f is 4 then g is 5 n carry on the pattern :P
ybnormal3390 - Sep 24, 2009 at 07:33 PM
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I have the same computer. What I do is to is I attach another external keyboard and use the numlock function on that. after that it seems to work, even when unplugged. But be warned, this seems to be only a temporary fix and I have to do this every time I restart.
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I have the same problem with the Number lock taking over the letters when I have a separate number pad like a standard full keyboard. I have a Toshiba Satellite P300D which had the keyboard replaced last year and ever since this has been happening. I seemed to have tried everthing, but has anyone got any other solutions?
I also have a Toshiba satalite P300 with the same problem and it started happening for me when they replaced the mother board.
I'm having the same problem with my toshiba satellite after I got the keyboard replaced.
though, they replaced something at mine too,
so they unplugged the keyboard I think and used
an external to fix stuff maybe.
But to fix, read my description below !
coolcade283 - Oct 26, 2009 at 06:55 PM
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I had the exact problem.
When typing the alphabet it'd be like a123423c6786868ef8908097342i64564jk96340357275824578265874pqr2576985702tuvwxyz
I closed every program ( because keyboard typing also did it :/ )
And the culprit was a program I was running because as soon as I closed it my typing worked
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Shift Number Lock worked on mine... thanks to earlier suggestion
i've got problam. I have laptop HP ze2000. Fn + j earlier worked as 1 (k as 2, l as 3, m as 0, etc.). Now it's gone. I can only write letters or if I want write numbers I must use english keyboard or turn on num lock/scroll lock but it's uncomfortable! Any ideas what's happened and how to get back back fn + letter to get number?
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try shift numlk
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try to reistall your system drivers
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why can't write symbols like "i";"j" and others on right side ???
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Thanks
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thanks it was good for me , thanks again you are life safer
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Many thanks to DJ Daddi, after trying different fixes, which were all unsuccessful, your trick worked first time and in seconds too, cheers mate.