I have a Toshiba NB205 netbook that is a few weeks old. Certain functions are controlled with function keys: FN+ESC toggles the mute, FN+F8 toggles wireless, etc.

But now the key combinations are totally unresponsive. ALT+F4 works fine, but FN+ anything fails silently. What could be the problem? Did this somehow get disabled? How else can I turn off wireless?

Thanks for your help.


If Fn lock isn't the culprit, reinstall the Toshiba Value Added Package (TVAP), it is responsible for the ACPI functionality of the netbook.


The FN stuff is controlled by the BIOS, meaning that it's not controlled by Windows.
Some things to try:

  1. Search in the BIOS for an option to re-activate it.
  2. Try Fn+Numlock or Fn+Shift+Numlock

I had the same problem and I solved it following these steps:

  1. Download these prgrams from http://www.csd.toshiba.com and install them:

    ConfigFree for Windows 7
    Atheros Wireless LAN Driver for Windows 7
  2. Restart flash cards:

    Start -> All Programs -> TOSHIBA -> Utilities -> Restart flash cards
  3. Press Fn, the Fn functions to switch on or off will appear on your screen.

NOTE: When you need to switch it again you will need to restart flash cards.


Disabling the wireless adapter in the OS would be the easiest. If you don't plan on using it, probably in the BIOS.

EDIT: Sounds like your problem is Fn button quit working. I don't know if that can be remapped in the OS using The Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator.

EDIT: I noticed in the BIOS of a laptop I had that there is a Fn key emulation feature. In my paticular laptop I could make the external keyboard's Scroll Lock key act as the laptop's keyboard Fn key. Parhaps this would work for you.

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