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alt codes not working

dell inspiron
September 7, 2008 at 06:32:10
Specs: winXP, 1.7ghz/512mb

Hi,

Got a laptop without the additional number pad and need to use some alt codes, where you hold down the alt key type in the number and you a character from the charmap.

So to combat this i got a usb number pad. Still no joy. Any idea why a number pad wouldn't access the alt characters?

I'm wondering if its something to do with it being a secondary keyboard and so the operating system doesn't look to it for the alt codes.

Any ideas?

Adam


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#1
September 7, 2008 at 07:40:53

Have you tried turning num lock on/off to see if it makes a difference?

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#2
September 7, 2008 at 09:41:39

"I'm wondering if its something to do with it being a secondary keyboard and so the operating system doesn't look to it for the alt codes.

That's correct. When you enter alt+number on the keyboard the system sees the combination and interprets it correctly.
When you enter alt on the keyboard and the number on the number pad, it sees them separately as two different inputs.


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#3
September 7, 2008 at 11:14:51

Yeah thought that might be the case. Seems a shame that it doesn't work. Don't suppose you know a work around do you?

p.s
Yep tried num lock (along with the laptops num lock in different combos)

Adam


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#4
September 7, 2008 at 11:40:48

Your laptop will have some sort of procedure to turn on the embedded numeric keypad.

For example, to enable the embedded numeric keypad on my IBM T23, I press shift+scrlk.

Alt+248=degree symbol=°

So the sequence to type ° for me is:

Shift+Scrlk, Alt+248, Shift+Scrlk to return to normal keyboard.

I think in your case it's

Numlk, Alt+248, Numlk to return to normal keyboard.

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