f8 key doesnt work when I reach the license agreement while reinstalling windows xp on a hp mini 1033cl

1. bought replacement hard drive ,
same make and model as original
2. down loaded  the Hp mini  manual
3.ordered from hp replacement  Dvd's.
4. installing from external usb drive.
5. was  able to format and partition drive with Erd Commander
6,f8 key doesnt work when I reach the license agreement while reinstalling windows xp  
danielthornhillAsked:
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Probably no help plugging an external keyboard in ...?

I guess as a workaround you could create an unattended install of XP using nlite.  That doesn't require any user interaction other than booting the installer.  Bit of a pain creating the file system but once done you'll:
a) always have a quick install ready for the Mini
and consequently
b) never need to use it again :)

Read through the nlite tutorial here: http://www.nliteos.com/guide/ Part 3 deals with the unattended install.
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Glen KnightCommented:
is there a FN or Function button? Press this and then F8
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danielthornhillAuthor Commented:
you can hit the FN key and then F8 key  you can not scroll down or up the only thing it
will let you do is esc which reboots the system.
going int setup the page up and down keys work
figure that!
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Glen KnightCommented:
try putting or taking num lock off, again you may have to use the Fn key to do this.
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Left Shift+Fn unlocks the Function Keys keys - and is the equivalent of NumLock.
Then it should be hold Fn+F8 to get F8.
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arnoldCommented:
perhaps there is a check box at the end dealing with accepting the agreement all I can think of.
Presumably http://www.todo-backup.com/download/ is not an option as the old drive is "dead"?
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danielthornhillAuthor Commented:
where is the num lock on an hp mini 1033cl  if you don't know don't guess please
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Glen KnightCommented:
On the 2133 (which I am looking right at) it's on the top right, third button in labelled "scroll" and num lk in a rectangle indicating to activate or de-activate num lk you need to press the Fn button which is on the bottom left second key in.

Perhaps the 1033 is similar?
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
There isn't one - you don't have a separate number pad so it's not needed.
Is Fn+F8 not helping with getting past the license screen?
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Glen KnightCommented:
Confirmed here: http://www.batterycentury.com/images/hp/LKHP039.jpg

No separate number pad therefore numlock is not required.

The function buttons also look pretty standard so should just work :-/
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Just for completeness (you of course have one of them in front of you)
US Keyboard for HP 100-1033cl
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danielthornhillAuthor Commented:
MASQUERAID:
        yep that the proublem
Daniel
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danielthornhillAuthor Commented:
At this point the reason for the problem
Has not been discussed by anyone.
all that have given is guess and possible work around
from searching the web I see that I am not the only
one with this problem but after 2 days of searching
I see no real solution.
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Well we know the Function Keys 1-9 are disabled by default at POST on the HP Minis

Another guess but try this one:

- Power up and hit F10 while the HP logo is on the screen - Press the Right Arrow key
- This should open System Configuration. Use the Down Arrow to get to Device Configuration and select using the Enter Key
- Find an option for Fn Keys - if Disabled change to Enabled (Right and Left Arrow keys to toggle options).
- Press F10 to save changes
- Then leave the System Configuration menu again use F10 to save changes and restart

See if you get F8 back :)


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