Results 1 to 11 of 11
  1. #1


    Member Since
    Nov 17, 2009
    Posts
    9
    Keyboard keys acting weird
    I'm having trouble with my MacBook keyboard and wondering if anyone's got any suggestions?

    It has started to display weird combinations of characters for certain keys;

    'r' now displays as 'R'
    'n' is now 'nv'
    'return' key now gives me a '/' as well as a return
    'shift' is doing something else that I've not quite figured out yet
    and a few others are also playing up.

    I've managed to connect a USB keyboard and that's working OK. Also I don't think it's dirt because of the random placement of the keys affected. I've restarted and it's not made a difference.

    Any suggestions? Thanks.

  2. #2


    Member Since
    Oct 14, 2009
    Posts
    162
    Specs:
    13" Macbook Pro 2.53GHz; 4GB RAM; GeForce 9400M
    Try switching to a different keyboard layout and see if the issues still continue. If the different layout causes similar problems, more likely a hardware problem.

    You may try making a new account and see if you have the same issues.
    13" Macbook Pro 2.53GHz w/ 4GB RAM

  3. #3


    Member Since
    Nov 17, 2009
    Posts
    9
    Thanks for the suggestions andr3wkim. Not sure what you mean by 'switching to a different keyboard layout'. Can you explain how I do this?

    I created anew user and logged in but the problem persists.

  4. #4

    dtravis7's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 04, 2005
    Location
    Modesto, Ca.
    Posts
    28,935
    Specs:
    iMac 2010 27" QuadI7 OSX10.11, iMac 2008 OSX10.11, MBP Late2011OSX10.11 , iPad Air, iPhone 3GS
    I have had/seen that issue in many computers that I work on. In almost every case the user spilled some liquid in the keyboard.

    Is there any chance that happened to your Macbook's keyboard?

  5. #5


    Member Since
    Nov 17, 2009
    Posts
    9
    Not that I'm aware of dtravis7. Although I wouldn't completely rule it out as it was in the kitchen the morning it started.

    Any solutions if that is the case? Am I looking at physically replacing the keyboard?

  6. #6


    Member Since
    Nov 17, 2009
    Posts
    9
    Quote Originally Posted by selectabet View Post
    Thanks for the suggestions andr3wkim. Not sure what you mean by 'switching to a different keyboard layout'. Can you explain how I do this?
    OK, I think I've found this; In System Prefs / International ? if so I've switched different input modes but the problem still persists.

  7. #7


    Member Since
    Nov 17, 2009
    Posts
    9
    I doubt this'll help but it seems some of the keys are linked to each other;

    Pressing 'r' displays 'ry'. Pressing 'y' also displays 'ry'
    'f' gives me 'fh' & 'h' also gives me 'fh'
    'n' and 'v' both display 'nv'
    '4' and '6' display '46'

    The shift key and return key seem to be working fine now.

    Weeeeiryd

  8. #8


    Member Since
    Oct 14, 2009
    Posts
    162
    Specs:
    13" Macbook Pro 2.53GHz; 4GB RAM; GeForce 9400M
    From what you have told me, it seems the problem is hardware related. There's not much you can do except replace the keyboard.

    You may want to check ebay to see if someone has a upper body for the Macbook, but depending on which Macbook you have (unibody or "old" white polycarbonate), it could be difficult to replace.

    Hopefully someone who is more knowledgeable with this problem will shine some light on this. Good luck.
    13" Macbook Pro 2.53GHz w/ 4GB RAM

  9. #9


    Member Since
    Nov 17, 2009
    Posts
    9
    Thanks andr3wkim.

    Yep looks like I'll need to replace it. It's a white polycarb MacBook. Does this make life easier or more difficult?

  10. #10


    Member Since
    Oct 14, 2009
    Posts
    162
    Specs:
    13" Macbook Pro 2.53GHz; 4GB RAM; GeForce 9400M
    Really difficult. The top case and keyboard is one unit. (Youtube Video of Disassembly)

    Might be time to upgrade.
    13" Macbook Pro 2.53GHz w/ 4GB RAM

  11. #11


    Member Since
    Nov 17, 2009
    Posts
    9
    As if to add to the weirdness some of the keys are working again!

    Ah, they were working.

    As I type this theyre back to the way they werye

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. few keyboard keys acting up
    By stricler in forum Apple Notebooks
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 05-17-2011, 12:21 PM
  2. Keyboard w/brightness keys & two (2) CTRL keys
    By ninestraycats in forum Other Hardware and Peripherals
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 03-28-2011, 06:45 PM
  3. Keyboard is acting weird on my iMac
    By wpitman in forum OS X - Operating System
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 04-30-2010, 06:50 PM
  4. keys acting up?
    By cwaters1184 in forum OS X - Operating System
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 10-03-2006, 03:02 PM
  5. It's acting weird....
    By FancyPants in forum OS X - Operating System
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 02-04-2004, 05:00 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •