Duff Cursor Keys - Aspire One 532h & Win 7 Starter

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    The up and down cursor keys have stopped working. Also Fn 2 - leastways the Fn key that switches the wifi on and off. Is there a patch that will restore them please? Many thanks.
     
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    Check the cable that connects the keyboard to the netbook,if it's fine then it's a new keyboard.
    VERY CHEAP ON EBAY
     
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    Thank you for your response. On my keyboard the Fn 2 key toggles the wifi. And the Fn 3 key toggles Bluetooth - whch the Acer does not actually have installed!!

    If I click on Fn 3 I get the response 'No Device.'

    If I click on Fn 2 nothing happens - if wifi is 'on' it stayes 'on'; if wifi is 'off' it stays 'off'

    The Up and Down cursors do not work, however all of the other keys and combinations work as expected. This happened after a Windows update, awhile ago now.

    I have cleaned the keys with a brush and a powerful vacuum cleaner on 'blow.'

    Usually I can get by but I need to run urgently TestDisk which is a command driven app. and this requires the Up and Down cursor keys to move the cursor to different test options in the command window.
     
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    You could use the on screen keyboard
     
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    Thank you but I don't have an on-screen keyboard - it is a legacy netbook sans touch screen!!!
     
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    Wow - thank you - yes it is there in the Accessories / Ease of Access menu!! And the four cursor keys all work as expected. But Fn+F2 does not toggle the wifi. Actually all of the Fn+Fx combinations do something unexpected.

    However the on screen keyboard and virtual Up / Down cursor keys should allow me to choose the drive to be tested with TestDisk.

    But my problem with the Up / Down cursor keys and Fn+F2 persists.
     
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    OK - started up TestDisk and then used the on screen keyboard to go down to the drive I wanted to test. That was OK, however TestDisk didn't want to test the disk chosen. But at least I now have a way of replicating cursor keys Up and Down.
     
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    You can get a keyboard key reasigner program an example of one here:

    http://www.snapfiles.com/get/mapkeyboard.html
     
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    @Chris,
    Regarding the F2 key (WLAN Toggle)...
    As you are using a Netbook... (windows 7 Starter) have you tried going into the Bios and checking if the WLAN is set to boot up 'Using last setting' ?
    I did have a somewhat similar problem occasionally on my 2009 Acer and Samsung Netbooks
    If the WLAN was off, when laptop closed down I couldn't switch it on using Fn+F2 keys. it was something to do with prolonging battery life by NOT having the WLAN ON all the time.

    Brian
     
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    Thanks guys for the hints. I have now solved the Fn+F2 wifi toggle issue.

    Its was actually quite simple!!

    Firstly it is necessary to locate, download and install the latest Launch Manager driver. For me this was called:

    LaunchManager_Dritek_3.0.11_W7x86_A

    Then go to Start and Search for msconfig file - this will be msconfig.exe - click on this.

    System Configuration should then start up.

    There are three tabs of interest.

    * General
    * Services
    * Startup

    Make no changes to General. Some check boxes will be 'greyed' out showing that not all services or tools are set to be running. Mine are highly customised and closed down to improve performance.

    Click on Services. Most of these will be checked. Make sure that the one labelled"Dritek" is checked. Click on Apply.

    Click on Startup - many of the services I have de-clicked. But make sure that the one labelled"Dritek" is checked. Click on Apply.

    And that's it. Now reboot the PC.

    To test hold down the Fn key. Then also hold down the F2 key. The image shows the options that can be toggled.

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    Well done Chris.
    It is good to hear that you solved the problem...

    I will remember your solution if I come across anyone else having a similar fault and point them to this Thread...
     
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    But - I still need to get the up and down (incl. sound volume) keys working...
     
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