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03-13-2011 08:26 PM
So what I didn't realize when I bought my dm4 was that the regular F key functions would only be available if I hit the Function key simultaneously. Personally, I have nearly zero use for easy access to volume conrol and screen brightness, for example. On the other hand, I use transcription software that uses the F keys to control the program. Except that now I have to hit the Function key in order to get them to work. This is, as you might imagine, incredibly aggravating.
Example: normally, hitting the F10 key will start the recording in my transcription software at regular speed. Now, if I forget to hit Function (or I miss it, which is much more aggravating), the volume goes up instead. This becomes especially problematic when I want to hit the F4 key to stop the recording from playing. If it doesn't stop quickly, I have to rewind. And since I'm typing as it plays, hitting the Function key gets to be a serious exercise in acrobatics.
Is there any way to reprogram this thing so that the functions will be in reverse order, essentially? i.e. so the volume will go up only if I hit the Function button and the F10 simultaneously? I admit to knowing next to nothing about computers, so perhaps this is a stupid question...
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03-13-2011 08:41 PM - last edited on 04-18-2016 12:40 PM by OscarFuentes
Check whether you have the option to disable/enable the fn key as described on the link below.
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03-13-2011 09:14 PM
Though that explanation did leave out a key point -- namely, that you have to hit escape while the computer is booting to get to the startup menu and THEN hit the F10 key...
I was very confused till I googled how to access the BIOS menu.
10-09-2013 07:09 AM - edited 10-09-2013 07:11 AM
Thanks for asking the question and thanks for the info on how to fix it. IMO it should have come from the factory that way in the first place. HP makes a booboo once in a while... although I would never have another. This little laptop is almost as powerful as my desktop. And in some ways more.