Well, since I didnt want to page the IT Department, instead, I just wrote a program to handle my problem. Code around IT I always say. .NET 2.0, created a small program to watch keyboard strokes, and if NumLock is on, put a systray icon down there, lime green with a big N. Set it up to run when I login, so I should be good to go. The code is not pretty at all, so I’m not going to post it, but if someone wants to see, let me know and I will share, maybe you can even improve it 🙂
6 replies on “Revenge on Numlock!”
Why not go one step further and have the tray app turn Num Lock off when you’re not docked?
heh, duh…. didnt think about that, but yeah, Im not exactly sure how to tell if it’s docked or not, my first guess would be there is some registry setting or something. I will look into it 🙂
code around IT…. Thats funny…
actually early this morning I think I found the way to know if it is docked – using WMI.
Select * from Win32_SystemEnclosure
If I just get a 10 back, then its not docked. If I get a 10, then a 12, its a laptop that is docked, I will probably incorprate this into my program.
Hah, you like hacking, don’t you?
You can also handle the WM_DEVICECHANGE message and look for a DBT_CONFIGCHANGED parameter. That means something’s docked or undocked.
yeah, kind of PITA to hook into that in c# though, Im thinking I will just shell out and call this
wmic SystemEnclosure get ChassisTypes
and if i see a just a 10, and no 12, then disable 🙂