Fluxbox and NumLock

Art Alexion art.alexion at gmail.com
Wed Oct 22 19:36:50 BST 2008


On Wednesday 22 October 2008 10:36:23 am Hans Henry von Tresckow wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 22, 2008 at 3:47 AM, Neil Winchurst <barnaby at drofle.com> wrote:
> > I have been using Fluxbox for a while now and I am getting on quite well
> > with it. (I am running it on top of Kubuntu Gutsy).
> >
> > I have noticed that the numlock key is not activated when I startup
> > Fluxbox. This was true for Gutsy also, but I have altered that now. (Why
> > the default in (k)ununtu is to start with the numlock off is beyond me,
> > but that is by the way.)
>
> Have you evder tried using a laptop with num-lock on ? half the
> keybord suddenly disapears :)

That doesn't seem to be the case with my Compaq evo n610c, nor my eee 1000.  
Both seem to require numlock on and the Fn key combo to use the letters as 
numkeys instead of alpha.

I always thought it was a holdover from the old XT keyboards that had the 
arrow and numpad on the same keys.  If numlock was on, you couldn't use the 
arrow keys.  Modern 101/103 keyboards still have this but also have a 
separate group of arrow keys.  I don't know why.  Is it just to accommodate 
people who are still used to the XT?


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