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disable numlock completely

April 6, 2005 at 16:09:30
Specs: XP SP2, TM Crusoe 5800/240MB

Is there any way to disable the numlock key completely? I know how to turn it off using BIOS and within XP, but these options still allow a user to turn numlock back on. I would like to disable it completely. Any ideas?


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#1
April 6, 2005 at 18:04:50

Ok, Another one of Buzz's Tech tips..
BACK UP INFO BEFORE YOU EDIT THE REGISTRY.

"Start" Button "Run" Type regedit

Navigate to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Keyboard Layout
Right click in right pane select New>Binary value

Name it

Scancode Map (Notice the Capitol letters)

Right click on "Scancode Map" choose modify type as follows.
(You dont need to type the space bar, just hit the numbers)

00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
02 00 00 00 00 00 45 00
00 00 00 00

Next lets make the Numlock On or Off

Navigate to:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Microsoft Input Devices
Right click on "Microsoft Input Devices"
Choose New>Key
Name it Keyboard (Notice the Capitols)
Double Click the Keyboard to open it.

Right click in the Right hand pane and choose:
New>String Value
Name it NumLock (Notice the Capitols)
Double click to modify the "Numlock"
Type ON if you want to have the numbers on
Type OFF if you want to have the numbers off

If this is too advanced for any of you Send me an email and I'll send over the Registry files so all you have to do is Double click on the files to make it work..

NOTE:
You need to reboot to make these changes effective.

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#2
April 6, 2005 at 22:55:00

Hi Buzz,

Cool, but to advanced for me.

Can you send me one that keeps nums ON in w2k?

Thanks.

M2


If at first you don't succeed, you're about average.


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#3
April 7, 2005 at 09:09:34

You Got Mail!

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#4
April 7, 2005 at 09:25:55

Buzz.

Nothing yet

M2


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#5
April 7, 2005 at 11:12:43

Odd.

OK I sent from another email address. I also sent you a PM but the URL address may be wrong.

the correct URL is:
http://wisconsinnitro.com/computing_net

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#6
April 7, 2005 at 23:33:59

Hi Buzz,

That URL wants a user & PW.

M2


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#7
April 8, 2005 at 05:46:27

Is your email working? the one you have here on Computing.net? Check to make sure. I have sent numorous emails out..

Due to Bandwidth reasons I will only have this url active for a few days..

http://wisconsinnitro.com/computing_net
User: computing
Pass: net

download the "NumLock.zip" file

Please report back here to let me know you got the file

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#8
April 8, 2005 at 18:14:06

Thanks Buzz!!! After getting your info, I also searched microsoft for scan code mapper. Found some good reference at http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/device/input/w2kscan-map.mspx to help me understand your changes. After reading the reference, I decided to only apply the keyboard layout binary (btw, the path needs "control" between CurrentControlSet and Keyboard Layout). According to the MS page, the change affects all users, so I did not apply the current user setting. If someone wants to disable just for one user, might want to try the current user setting as well.

Thanks again Buzz Tech tip! :)


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