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#1 zedaxax

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Posted 21 June 2004 - 14:08

My Laptop Keyboard is Damaged (liquid)[:^(]
A New Keyboard installed is almost the cost of a new Laptop.
The Fn key no longer works....
The Fn key + Left Arrow originally made my screen Brighter or Darker.
Had to Reinstall, Screen Brightness is now on Lowest (Very Low) Default.
Cannot use Fn key
Have searched the Entire Web for anything Relating to
Fn key, Remapping, Alternatives, Virtual Fn keys, Registry tweaks anything All - External keyboards with Fn keys dont work.
No solutions anywhere

Does Anybody Anybody know anything - dos command anything so i can up my screen brightness.

(and No, my Ati grfx card options only ups the brightness to hell, contrast wise, have tried many other softwares to up screen brightness)) i need some kind of Fn pusher to get the lightbulbs behind the screen to lighten.

Please

Thank you - Please

I am using XPpro, on an Siemens AmiloD 2ghz

Edited by zedaxax, 22 June 2004 - 12:01.



#2 ootput

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Posted 21 June 2004 - 14:10

powerstrip?

#3 OP zedaxax

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Posted 21 June 2004 - 14:14

Powerstrip....what exactly do mean with that?

hope....

#4 OP zedaxax

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Posted 21 June 2004 - 16:25

Neowin.net please do not let me down

i regard you as the best

i have learnt to fix everything else thru you

please

800 dollars aint worth this tweak

#5 erp

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Posted 22 June 2004 - 00:54

powerstrip?

search google for powerstrip or use this :

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#6 I8PP

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Posted 22 June 2004 - 00:56

Doesn't this laptop (which make/model would be helpful to others as well) allow you to reset the damn thing to factory settings? Does the manual state anything about it at all?

#7 Hooya

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Posted 22 June 2004 - 00:59

Read his post again. He did just do that, and now the contrast is at it's lowest level. That's the factory default.

As a possible solution, and this is mildy risky, but I'm pretty sure it will work.

You said that the damage was caused by liquid. Well, I know of someone that spilled Sour Apple Liquor on his keyboard while he was drunk, and the whole system was totally fcked up. Well, the warranty replaced the computer, but they never asked for the damaged one back, so he took it to a technician friend of his and asked what he could do. The techie said that they usually just take the thing totally apart, remove the bios battery so there is no electrical current in the board at all, then just scrub the thing down with liquid soap and water!

That's right, dish soap and water!

So it's worth a try. Just make sure there is NO ELECTRICAL CURRENT AT ALL running through it while it's wet.

After he put the thing back together (and after letting it dry over night) he turned it on and it worked just like it did before.

I would not suggest trying this on any drives though (too easy for water to just sit in there)

Good Luck!

#8 Post-It Note

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Posted 22 June 2004 - 01:36

It's pretty wierd how they didn't ask your friend to send it back. Maybe he was suppose to and he didn't know? :laugh:

#9 OP zedaxax

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Posted 22 June 2004 - 12:00

Thanx for the tips
I am using FujitsuSeimens Amilo D, 2ghz.

The Power strip and Gamma changer both only change the brightness&contrast
over the Very low brightness of the screen. Which is the same as what my Ati card does.
So this does not help.

Hooya - before i start taking the machine apart -
i will first try hopelessly to find a simpler solution. Yours is my last resort.

Funny thing is that if i take out the electric plug from the laptop and it runs on batteries - the brightness increases a little bit (meaning my screen is set lower than energy saving)

However finds a solution should copyright it - theres a lot of people out there with similar fn problems.

#10 Black Hawk

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Posted 22 June 2004 - 12:05

You can remap the keys in the registry but I have no idea how.

#11 g3nu1n3

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Posted 22 June 2004 - 19:28

This may or may not help ... just give it a shot.

Keytweak is a free keyboard remapper for Windows NT/2000/XP. It makes use of Microsoft's Scancode Map registry key to remap your keyboard.

Link: http://webpages.charter.net/krumsick/

#12 speedy_kevin

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Posted 22 June 2004 - 19:53

You can have my Fn key, never use it :p

#13 OP zedaxax

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Posted 23 June 2004 - 06:56

Thanx for link to Remapper but i tried that one already,
The Fn key is not listed there, since th Fn key is complexly not part of Windows registry...dont ask me why or how.

Speedy-Thanx man, ill hang it on my wall.

Going to try Remote Desktop with another laptop to see if it works.

#14 incubusdaemon

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Posted 23 June 2004 - 09:13

on my dell, it maps scroll lock to fn if i plug in an external keyboard.

also, try the bios- usually you can adjust it there.

#15 OP zedaxax

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Posted 23 June 2004 - 11:07

on my dell, it maps scroll lock to fn if i plug in an external keyboard.
also, try the bios- usually you can adjust it there.


Incubus- you genius!!!
The scroll lock doesnt seem to do nothing on mine
but i changed to Fast Boot in the Bios - now the default brightness is Much Much Better.
Dont understand why...but i dont care.

Thank you Thank you thank you - i can finally see the Light

:)



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