|Apparently Aspire 5532 probably DOES NOT have the same key layout as the Aspire 510O series - it has separate keypad keys on the right side of the keyboard.|
Acer's support of the 5532 is missing a specfic manual for the series - depending on where you look, it lists no manuals, or the same Aspire (laptop) series Generic User Guide as I found before, which DOES state that not all Aspire models use Fn + F11 to toggle Num Lock on / off.
However, 5532 is one of the 5532-5535 series, and there IS specific info about other 553x models - your keyboard is probably the same as the one for 5534.
Aspire 5534 Notebook Series
It appears from looking at that, that you DO NOT have an led that comes on when Num Lock is toggled on, and your keyboard layout has a separate area on the right for keypad keys.
Your Num Lock key works the same way as the Num Lock key on a conventional keyboard - press it once it toggles Num Lock on, press it again it toggles Num Lock off (or visa versa).
When it's toggled on, Num Lock or similar may appear somewhere at the bottom of the desktop screen when the computer is running - I don't know.
If the Num Lock key is not toggling Num Lock on / off
- in the bios Setup, there is often a setting there that determines whether it is toggled on or off initially when you boot the computer. You could try setting that setting so it's ON while booting.
If that works, or if the Num Lock key IS able to toggle Num Lock ON, if the keys do not work in the ON mode, the keyboard is probably malfunctioning
if you have used this laptop a lot, malfunctioning laptop keyboards are common in that case.
They are a frequent replacement item, and relatively inexpensive replacement clone keyboards are plentiful on the web.
In the mean time, if you really need to use the keypad function....
- use an on screen virtual keyboard program - use your touchpad cursor or external mouse cursor to click on the keys.
E.g. Windows 7 has an onscreen keyboard program built into it.
Type: osk (press Enter) in the Start Search box to load it to your desktop screen
- use an externally connected keyboard.
Acer Aspire AS5532-5535 (series)
Reviewed on: 03/08/2010
Updated on: 09/18/2011
Released on: 02/01/2010
The good: Decent looks; roomy display; Wireless-N Wi-Fi.
The bad: Woeful performance, even for a budget laptop; poor battery life; flimsy keyboard, no Webcam; terrible audio output.
The bottom line: The entry-level Acer Aspire AS5532-5535 can keep up with neither dual-core laptops that are still moderately priced nor with a competing single-core entry-level laptop from Compaq.
At $329, the Acer Aspire AS5532-5535 is likely the cheapest laptop non-Netbook you'll find. In fact, this 15.6-inch laptop costs less than many Netbooks. And like those systems, it has a single-core CPU and low-end parts that make it best suited for light duty.
Acer Aspire 5552 Notebook Series