On my laptop, the mute button is jammed in a really weird position. The volume control is flickering on and off rapidly. It's really tiny and I won't be able to physically fix it unless I take apart the laptop which is glued together so that isn't an option.

Is there a way I can disable this button in windows somewhere?

  • Could you please post some information about your laptop? The specific make/model? Usually removing keyboards from laptops is very simple. In some HP models, keyboard controls for Audio is done via software/drivers so it can also be a case of simply uninstalling them.
    – NULLZ
    Jun 10, 2013 at 3:07

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As a software solution, you might be able to use Sharpkeys to disable the key. I use it to remap keys that I don't use but you can also use it to disable keys entirely.

Download it using the link above,Install and run it. Then click Add. Find the mute key in the From Key list, and select Turn Key off in the To Key list. Click OK then Write to Registry. There is also a feature to detect the key code by pressing the key, but you might have trouble getting the key to register if it is 'flickering'.

  • I wanted this to work so bad, but yeah it isn't recognizing the key. "You pressed EO_4020" Which then says "You've entered a key SharpKeys doesn't know about"
    – Phaes
    Jun 10, 2013 at 5:53
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    @Phaes: So did SharpKeys work or not? Your comment suggests it didn't, but your acceptance of the answer suggests otherwise.
    – Karan
    Jun 10, 2013 at 17:29

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