@ Camale� must have missed that post but, this solved it. Thanks to all who pitched in.
Now, I will go hide my red faced embarrassment and forget it and drive on.
System - Preferences - Keyboard - Mouse Keys -- Uncheck the
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> Subject: Re: Number pad doesn't work gnome(squeeze) HPE-337c-b keyboard 5335u
> Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2010 13:45:11 +0000
> On Tue, 26 Oct 2010 13:00:05 +0000, Curt wrote:
> > On 2010-10-26, Camale�rote:
> >>>> System - Preferences - Keyboard - Mouse Keys -- Uncheck the box that
> >>>> says "Allow to control the pointer using the keyboard".
> >>>> If that isn't it, sorry. I turned this on with a weird series of
> >>>> keyboard presses a couple times.
> >>> Yes! That fixed it. Thank you!
> >> I already suggested that to Bill on this thread but it seems to cause
> >> no effect (or at least no response from him) :-?
> > You can have the credit.
> Yeeepy! :-)
> > Of course, I said the above months ago, in my
> > only other post to this mailing list, but unfortunately at the time it
> > was the right answer to the wrong question.
> > ;-)
> > I think to prevent this from happening inadvertently you must turn off
> > "Allow to turn accessibility features on and off from the keyboard" in
> > System - Preferences - Keyboard - Accessibility.
> Now seriously, I thought both of you were experiencing the same behavior
> with no obvious bypass so it could be indeed a bug that could be
> reported. But if they are different problems, Bill can still suffer from
> a peculiar setup on his computer or just that something was messed up on
> his configuration.
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