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Windows 7: f9-f12 dont work

10 Jun 2010   #1

windows 7
f9-f12 dont work

brand new computer, brand new keyboard, brand new clean install of windows 7 (it did it before this and after this). here's the issue:

f1-f8 work fine for everything in every program, f9-f12 dont do anything anywhere as far as i can tell. f9 has the play/pause function, f10 stop, f11 rewind, f12 fast forward.

these may very well work if im playing a dvd, i havent tried. but honestly i could care less if they work with a dvd but dont work anywhere else. i tried looking around the keyboards drivers and whatnot but i dont see anywhere i can set shortcuts or erase bindings that have been put on a key. is there another program or place i need to look into to unbind or reassign these?

pS: the keys themselves actually work as i can hit them during "press any key to continue"...

thanks in advance.

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10 Jun 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

have you got a Fn key on your keyboard? try holding that then pressing them, alot of keys have 2 functions tied to them especially on laptops
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10 Jun 2010   #3

windows 7

okay i found the Fn keyand it makes the keys work. now my question is this. how do i make them work like they're supposed to? why the hell do i want to hit 2 keys everytime i want to f9-f12, i want to only hit Fn when i want the alternate function such as play stop etc. it seems stupid that they give priority to the part that doesnt ever get used.
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10 Jun 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

the short answer to your question is that generally F9-F12 are not used... I honestly cant remember the last time i used them, whereas my media keys get used quite a bit. OFC i have a desktop keyboard with seperate media keys so its sort of a non issue for me.

Can i suggest you try keytweaker? there is a link here: FREE Great Programs for Windows 7 for gods sake make a system image or something first though. just in case something goes wrong.... its a simple program, but you know what they say
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