Can I load Num Lock during boot (Solved)

Hi Guys

This might seem quite trivial but it annoys the hell outta me

Is it possible to load the number pad (at the right of the keyboard) during boot, preferably before the log in screen, my log in password has numbers in it and I continually use the number pad forgetting to press Num Lock which places the cursor at the beginning of the unfinished password,

I know this must seem quite trivial but it is very annoying

any help would be much appreciated

Many thanks


This is a hardware function, not software … see if there is a setting in the system BIOS to enable numlock at system startup


Hold on … maybe it can be done in software :slight_smile:

Which Linux distribution are we talking about ?

Thank you Mark I’ll check it out and let you know :slight_smile:

Many thanks



Just answer my question … which Linux distribution … Ubuntu/Mint/Peppermint ?


If Peppermint 3 … run:

sudo apt-get install numlockx


sudo gedit /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf

When lightdm.conf opens for editing … add a NEW line at the bottom that reads:-

greeter-setup-script=/usr/bin/numlockx on

SAVE the file … and reboot to test the numlock is ON at the login screen.

Mark, you’re some man to be one man

Working perfect thank you again

All that’s left to do is mark it solved

Many thanks


Who said I’m only one person … there are 3 of us … one of us is King Leopold (he’s hard to understand … mumbles Belgian through his beard), another is Albert Einstein (even harder to understand … you know why), and then there’s Mark (I’m not quite sure about him yet).

Hmm, as I talked about all 3 of them in the third person … maybe there’s 4 of us :o

From what I know about King Leopold he was not a nice guy and although old Albert was one smart cookie he (like King Leopold) knew f@@k all about Linux, So that only leaves one man :slight_smile:


We’re all in agreement … I think … it’s hard to tell, what with the mumbling and equations.

sudo echo "we're all in agreement"

Now we are :wink: