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Hey guys, I recently got a ducky 1087 with black switches from my cousin that lives in Taiwan (He said it was around 65 USD for the keyboard). I originally asked for brown switches, but he said there weren't any at the store near him, so he got me blacks. I expected it to be kind of annoying to have no tactile bump, but it turned out to be not too bad for me and I'm loving it so far smile.gif

I'm wondering if it would be possible for me to use a separate numpad with it.

The ducky 1087 has a numlock layer on the keyboard so when you activate numlock, some of the letters operate as numbers. You can see it in this picture over the right side of the alphabet part of the keyboard:
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Now, I just got the numpad portion of the Microsoft Bluetooth 6000 that looks like this:
en-US_Bluetooth_Number_Pad_CYD-00001_355x240.jpg



It seems that for the bluetooth pad to work, numlock has to be activated. The problem with that is that when numlock is activated, my Ducky keyboard types numbers instead of certain letters.

Is there a way to get around this, or do I have to just activate numlock every time I use the numpad and deactivate it when I'm done?

Thanks! biggrin.gif
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Tell your cousin to get you one of these instead (Filco numpad). It should be pretty cheap over there where he's at and since it has its own num lock button, it shouldn't interfere with your Ducky.

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maybe im being dumb but it looks like that microsoft one has a numlock key. upper left hand corner?
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Depends on the Numpad implementation. The trick is to send Numlock Make/Breaks after every character press. This allows the embedded numpad to not be turned on.

This is how my Kinesis keypad does it. I don't remember if the Filco has the same behavior.
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The trick is to send Numlock Make/Breaks after every character press.

When I turned on the NumLock on the Filco numpad, everytime I press a key, the NumLock LED on my Realforce lights up so I guess it send/stops the signal after every single key.
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Great! Should be good to go with a laptop or keyboard with embedded numpad then.
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