MS Natural Keyboard 4000 F keys...

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by Teddy, Apr 10, 2007.

  1. Teddy

    Teddy Guest

    I had this problem with the Vista beta, but I was sure it'd be fixed in the
    final release. Perhaps I really just have a bad piece of hardware!!!

    My keyboard worked perfectly in XP, and I always buy MS keyboards - I love
    them! MS hardware in general has always pretty good - I miss the sidewinder
    line. ANYway... the Vista Beta, for some reason, had issues with my
    keyboard - I had NO "F" keys! F1-F12... ALL DEAD.

    So I've since spent a great deal of money on Vista Ultimate, I'm
    disappointed to still have this problem. Is this a known issue? Am I
    overlooking something simple? Anyone else struggling with this?

    Thanks so much!

    Teddy, Apr 10, 2007
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  2. Ensure that you have 6.1 drivers installed and also ensure that you have
    toggled the F-Lock key at the end of the F keys..

    Mike Hall
    MS MVP Windows Shell/User
    Mike Hall - MS MVP, Apr 10, 2007
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  3. Teddy

    Teddy Guest

    Wow - let's go with option 2: overlooking something simple. I've never even
    HEARD of F-Lock. Thanks for your quick answer, and I'm off to retreat into
    my noobness.

    Teddy, Apr 10, 2007
  4. Teddy

    I take it that option 2 worked? :)


    Mike Hall
    MS MVP Windows Shell/User
    Mike Hall - MS MVP, Apr 10, 2007
  5. Teddy

    Randor Guest

    Hi Mike!

    I had the same problem as Teddy for a while.

    And today, I had to find a solution.

    And I've just read your marvelous message.

    Now, it works very well with the F-Lock key. Wow!

    Thanks a lot!
    Randor, Apr 10, 2007
  6. Teddy

    Teddy Guest

    Worked quite well. :-/ But, tell me, what purpose, exactly, does an F-Lock
    key serve?!?
    Teddy, Apr 11, 2007
  7. If you look, you'll see that the F keys are dual function. Mine are marked
    Help, Undo, Redo, etc, as well as F1, F2, F3...

    F Lock sets them to 'F' keys, instead of the 'Help, Undo, etc' mode.

    I think making them dual function is an appalling idea. I don't know of
    anyone who uses them in non-Fx mode.

    Steve Thackery, Apr 11, 2007
  8. Just remember, if you are trying to start in Safe Mode, you will have to hit
    the F-Lock key and the F8 key in rapid succession. The F-lock isn't active
    until about the time that F8 is no longer active for starting in Safe Mode.
    In my opinion there should be a key that would always perform the Safe Mode
    Charles W Davis, Apr 12, 2007
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