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I tried typing on my mac, but ran into the following problems-
-everything is capitalized
-when I press a number key it only types the symbol associated with it
-caps lock won't do anything-
-delete key won't work

I tried restarting my macbook and then turning it off completely, but when i went to login it did nothing. It also booted up in safe boot. I plugged a different keyboard into it, which worked just fine. When everything loaded up, my date and time were completely screwed up. Your thoughts and help with the keyboard issue would be much appreciated.
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Just a thought, but have you checked to see if either of your SHIFT keys are stuck?
Maybe something spilled under one and has caused it to stick?
Let us know what you find. Good luck
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well what happened? I have the same problem. all caps doesnt appear to have any keys stuck, and keeps booting up in safe boot?? help
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Same question to you.... did you spill any liquids on your keyboard or anywhere else on the machine?
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nope not that im aware of...
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If no spills have occurred, it could be the keyboard ribbon cable has either come loose or may be failing. If you're adept at doing self repairs, take a look at the instructions for changing out the keyboard at iFixit: The free repair manual. That may help you with the disassembly so you can get at the ribbon cable.
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thanks doesn't appear to of had spills of any sort cleaned up the underside of keyboard and will reassemble to see what happens.. thanks for the help
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well all back together and same thing..... but if i use a ext keyboard its fine. besides booting up in safe boot unless i hold f8 then it boots normal if you can call it that.. so it seems as if the shift key is somehow stuck even tho i was in there and see nothing wrong??
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Did you buy this new or used? Reason you were asked about spills is that is so common with issues like yours.

It sounds like a key is stuck. Could you unplug the internal keyboard then boot and see if it still comes up in Safe Mode? That I think would tell you the issue. That is what I would do if it were my machine.
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Did you buy this new or used? Reason you were asked about spills is that is so common with issues like yours.

It sounds like a key is stuck. Could you unplug the internal keyboard then boot and see if it still comes up in Safe Mode? That I think would tell you the issue. That is what I would do if it were my machine.
yes bought it used

cant find good image of this exact model for the one to unplug.. is it #1 or #2 ?? or something different ?????


if it boots normal after that i would have to replace the ribbon or the whole keyboard ?? Thanks again for all the help
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well i unplugged alot of different things and still boots in safe boot?
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anyone have any ideas?? Thanks again in advance.
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ok well I ordered a new to me used mint shape keyboard and installed.... All is well, no more safe booting and types regular.. Thanks to the few people who started to help and then disappeared
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ok well I ordered a new to me used mint shape keyboard and installed.... All is well, no more safe booting and types regular..
Congrats on getting things working! I think that your earlier troubleshooting (everything worked fine when using an external keyboard)…was probably the biggest clue that the MacBooks keyboard/topcase was bad.

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Thanks to the few people who started to help and then disappeared
I'm not really sure that this "back-handed" comment was necessary.

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Glad to hear that solved it. I was pretty sure it would.

I for one did not disappear but ran out of ideas. I had a feeling you were unplugging the wrong cable.

And agree with Nick, always start a new thread when you need help.
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