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Fixing a non-functional numeric keypad System
I picked up a USB numeric keypad for my PowerBook G4 (the numeric keypad built into laptop keyboards are terrible), but none of the number keys would work.

Digging around on Apple's support site I found out (in article 42937) that you need to disable mouse keys in the Universal Access system preferences. Apple's document reads like it's for the full sized keyboards that ship with the desktops, but it worked for my USB peripheral too.

[robg adds: If you do much gaming on your machine, you'll probably want to heed Apple's advice to disable the "Allow Universal Access shortcuts" option as well.]

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Fixing a non-functional numeric keypad
Authored by: yoyolai on Feb 26, '03 06:03:18PM

Hay! thanks so much.
You made me the hero of my girl friend. hahaha....


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Fixing a non-functional numeric keypad
Authored by: LC on Mar 17, '04 02:21:31PM

This (turning off Mouse Keys) helped my issue as well ... using the Pro (USB)
Keyboard plugged into an iBook. But I've noticed some things --

(1) When I tried to use the numeric keypad with Mouse Keys enabled, it would tend to disable mouse down (clicking) after that. Not knowing what was going on, the only way I knew to clear that condition was to press <CMD><OPT><ESC> (which brings up the force Quit dialog), and then click-to-close that dialog window ... after that, input again works o.k. until the next goof;

(2) Pressing <OPT> 5 times in succession is a handy way to enable or disable Mouse Keys;

(3) Role of the "num lock" key is a bit confusing ... (is it "clear", or
num lock, does it need a modifier key press to be num lock instead of
clear, etc.) ... not a big deal, but I found some text from Apple concerning
the num lock here --


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Fixing a non-functional numeric keypad
Authored by: stormcat2@fewspo on Jun 15, '04 10:29:58AM

this malfunction is true of PowerMacs, too; I spent an hour on the apple site looking for the information you so handily provided to me after one simple Google...many, many thanks!

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