6 Replies Latest reply: Mar 11, 2008 1:46 PM by LukeD
LukeD Level 4 (3,120 points)
Does anyone have any ideas on how to get the "fn" key working on a MacBook?

Thanks so much!

MacBook Pro 3.1, 2.4GHz, 2GB RAM, 160 GB HDD/MacBook 2.2GHz, 120GB/ThinkPad T42, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • bdkjones Level 4 (1,330 points)
    What are you trying to do with it that's not working? (In other words, how have you determined that it's broken?) You have the 2.2Ghz Macbook, so I'm assuming you've got the new keyboard layout (Where Expose is launched with F3, Dashboard with F4, volume keys over on the right, etc).

    Hit Fn+F4. If the dashboard does NOT come up, your function key is not broken. (If you don't have the new keyboard layout, hit Fn+F12 instead.)
  • LukeD Level 4 (3,120 points)
    Thanks for the quick reply.

    I am trying to use the fn + delete command on my Windows XP partition. The fn key is completely dead in Windows. I have all the most recent drivers installed.

    The fn key works perfectly in Windows on my MB Pro.

    Do you have any thoughts?

    Thank you.
  • bdkjones Level 4 (1,330 points)
    Does the function key on the MacBook work correctly in OS X?
  • LukeD Level 4 (3,120 points)
    Yes, it does work correctly in OS X.
  • dzaazd Level 1 (10 points)
    I'm having the same problem, I think. My fn key does work in Windows XP, since the function keys (f1 - f10) act differently depending on whether I'm holding fn or not. However, other advertised key strokes don't work. Specifically, fn + delete acts like backspace (not windows delete). Similarly, fn + left is not home, nor is fn + right the same as end.

    My current solution is to use http://www.autohotkey.com/ as has been mentioned elsewhere on the forum. I am using the script:

    #Backspace::Send {Delete}
    #Left::Send {Home}

    to map command-delete to (in place) delete, and command-left to home.

    For the record, my MacBook was purchased in mid February, before the very recent new rollout. I'm running XP with service pack 2, and the install is fresh as of today. I've installed the drivers that came with OS X, and have also tried reinstalling the keyboard drivers. I have updated my keyboard firmware, but I still have issues with keystrokes occasionally being lost when I switch points of focus. This information is provided to help people find a pattern as to what causing the problem.
  • LukeD Level 4 (3,120 points)
    Thank you for your suggestions!