Thanks, robinofloxley, for your links. I'll certainly be reading the articles and most likely downloading this utility. However, I may just contact Acer this week, just in case there is a built in method.
I yet to check out the links in the Google link from you, Buteman, so thanks to you too.
I'll post what I eventually find to work best for me.
Now, this will make you laugh! I assure you I couldn't have made this up!!!
I want to lock the keyboard? Yes! So, one of my kittens walked across the keyboard about 15 mins ago and, would you know it? SHE knows how to do it!!! BUT she won't tell me how!!! ;) Ha!!! Little monkey!
I could use the mouse, but absolutely no keys. The screen was unchanged. I could open and close programs, web pages etc, as long as I only used the mouse!!!
After spending ages testing out different key combinations with no success, I gave up and, with fingers crossed, re-booted! Phew, back to normal.
So, now I KNOW there is a keyboard shortcut to do just what I want to do but I'd really love to know how!!!
I have a phone number to ring for Tech help (at a cost, of course) but clearly it will be worth getting the solution to this. I'll post back when I have the keystrokes.
One of the function keys will lock the touchpad but I don't know of any combination that will lock the keyboard. When you think about it is normally undesirable as getting the laptop to work again could be difficult. There are websites with articles about Acer keyboards locking up due to faults. Having said that you could try Fn + F6 or Fn + F7.
The safest way is keep your kittens away from the laptop as they may do damage to it.
Having exactly the same model laptop and two cats that love to sleep on my laptop if I leave it unattended, I know what you mean. Locking the touchpad is easy - it's the button next to it. As for the keyboard I just close the lid having set the laptop up to "Do Nothing" when I do so. (i.e. it doesn`t go to sleep, hibernate or close down) This setting is found in Advanced Power Options if I remember rightly.
Even if I do close the lid the cats still curl up on top of it!