(I know there have already been a lot of questions about this, but none of them mentioned the dv4t specifically.)

I'm thinking about getting an HP Pavilion dv4t-4200 or -5100, but something that's really irritating me is that by default the function keys (F1-F12) are "inverted"—without holding the Fn key, the function keys do things like change the brightness, change or mute the volume, and switch to an external display. Only if you hold Fn will they actually produce F1, F2, etc. This is not how keyboards are supposed to work. Is there any way to disable this "feature" that has been verified to work on the HP Pavilion dv4t-4200 or HP Pavilion dv4t-5100? I don't want to buy one unless this is possible.

Edit: One proposed solution works on the Pavilion dv7 (confirmed here), the Pavilion dm1 (confirmed here), the Envy 17 (confirmed here), and the Pavilion G6 (confirmed here). I need to know whether this works on the HP Pavilion dv4t-4200 or -5100.

  • Actually, all Apple computers do that same exact thing, and now more computer manufacturers are following suit. That model is not the first, nor will it be the last. – DiscoveryOV Jun 19 '12 at 0:17
  • @R3TRI8UTI0N Well, at least in OSX you can disable that. (I think.) – Dr Kitty Jun 19 '12 at 0:20
  • I have never seen the option to be able to do this. Though it is possible I am wrong. Either way, why are you so dead-set against this "feature"? – DiscoveryOV Jun 19 '12 at 0:25
  • On certain models (dv7 for sure) there's a BIOS setting to do so. (h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c02035108) I'm not exactly "dead-set"; I just find it very annoying. I've been eying other brands too, and lack of a solution might tip the balance in favor of a Dell Inspiron 4z. – Dr Kitty Jun 19 '12 at 0:32
  • Ah I see. And I mean't I have never seen an option in macs. Other computers I can definitely see that being in the BIOS – DiscoveryOV Jun 19 '12 at 0:35

Look in the BIOS settings, there's usually a toggle that sets the Fn keys to either 'music control' or 'F-keys'

  • Thanks, but I already mentioned that in the comments. I'm looking for verification that this actually is possible on the dv4t. – Dr Kitty Jun 19 '12 at 17:04

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