Laptop keyboard and touchpad




I am using Windows Vista RC-2 and running into a few problems with my
laptop. First of all, the laptop keyboard has "function" keys, which are used
by holding down a key that says "Fn" and pressing other keys (like the F1-12
keys) to execute commands. These aren't working at all. There are no drivers
specific to my keyboard so I don't know how to go about fixing this. Also, my
touchpad is extra sensitive since I installed Vista and it seems to be
behaving oddly as well - the scroll buttons below the touchpad don't work at
all. I tried installing my Touchpad drivers but even with the compatibility
run it didn't work.

The other problem I'm having is that I want to reinstall Windows XP from my
built-in boot disk, but when I press Alt+F10 at the bootup screen, I get sent
to the Windows Vista Boot Manager. How can I access my boot disk again?

Thanks in advance.



Rick Rogers

Hi Zach,

Double dilemma.

1) You need a keyboard driver to support the fn key, it's not standard. The
most reliable source is the manufacturer, and if they don't have one (and
you *can* try an XP driver instead) then there isn't much you can do about

2) You will need to contact the manufacturer for instructions on how to
restore the non-standard mbr they used to point the boot to the recovery
options, it was overwritten by the Vista bootloader.

Best of Luck,

Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP

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