Laptop keyboard and touchpad

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Zach, Oct 19, 2006.

  1. Zach

    Zach Guest


    I am using Windows Vista RC-2 and running into a few problems with my
    laptop. First of all, the laptop keyboard has "function" keys, which are used
    by holding down a key that says "Fn" and pressing other keys (like the F1-12
    keys) to execute commands. These aren't working at all. There are no drivers
    specific to my keyboard so I don't know how to go about fixing this. Also, my
    touchpad is extra sensitive since I installed Vista and it seems to be
    behaving oddly as well - the scroll buttons below the touchpad don't work at
    all. I tried installing my Touchpad drivers but even with the compatibility
    run it didn't work.

    The other problem I'm having is that I want to reinstall Windows XP from my
    built-in boot disk, but when I press Alt+F10 at the bootup screen, I get sent
    to the Windows Vista Boot Manager. How can I access my boot disk again?

    Thanks in advance.
    Zach, Oct 19, 2006
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  2. Zach

    Rick Rogers Guest

    Hi Zach,

    Double dilemma.

    1) You need a keyboard driver to support the fn key, it's not standard. The
    most reliable source is the manufacturer, and if they don't have one (and
    you *can* try an XP driver instead) then there isn't much you can do about

    2) You will need to contact the manufacturer for instructions on how to
    restore the non-standard mbr they used to point the boot to the recovery
    options, it was overwritten by the Vista bootloader.

    Best of Luck,

    Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    Windows help -
    Rick Rogers, Oct 19, 2006
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