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    Keyboard malfunction / key biding?
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    Keyboard malfunction / key biding?
    I've asked this question in

    Mac-Forums.com > Apple Hardware > Apple Notebooks > http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/app...lfunction.html

    but I had no answer so thought I might be asking it in the wrong place.

    For some reason on my MacBook the Control key and number 8 key are linked. This means I can't type 8 or *. I can type 8 by holding alt key but I can only type * using the mouse and the on-screen keyboard.

    Same situation with Caps Lock and left arrow key. Doesn't matter which one I press, I get Caps Lock on/off and cursor moves one character to the left.

    I'm very new to Mac (after 20 years on the PC) so please keep that in mind.

    I suspect that somewhere these sets of keys got set to use same code but don't have a clue where to check. In the keyboard and language settings everything is set to default.

    Not sure if it is relevant, but I use English UK settings, not US (spell checker, date format, etc.)

    Thanks!

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    Keyboard malfunction / key biding?
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    sorry just noticed I spelled "key biding" wrong - should have been "key binding".

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    Keyboard malfunction / key biding?
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    I thought I might have found a solution to my problem when I found KeyRemap4MacBook (KeyRemap4MacBook) even though I wasn't keeping my hopes too high.

    After installing it I was disappointed to find that KeyRemap4MacBook did not recognise that there are any keys re-maped.

    The EventViewer which reads every key stroke gives me this:

    When I press Ctrl:
    eventType:keyMod code:0x3b name:Control_L flags:Ctrl misc:
    eventType:keyDown code:0x1c name:8 flags:Ctrl misc:
    eventType:keyMod code:0x3b name:Control_L flags: misc:
    eventType:keyUp code:0x1c name:8 flags: misc:


    When I press 8:
    eventType:keyMod code:0x3b name:Control_L flags:Ctrl misc:
    eventType:keyDown code:0x1c name:8 flags:Ctrl misc:
    eventType:keyMod code:0x3b name:Control_L flags: misc:
    eventType:keyUp code:0x1c name:8 flags: misc:



    Also with the other two keys -

    when I press Caps Lock I get:
    eventType:keyDown code:0x7b name:Left flags:NumPad Fn misc:
    eventType:keyMod code:0x39 name:CapsLock flags:Caps misc:
    eventType:keyUp code:0x7b name:Left flags:Caps NumPad Fn misc:


    When I press the left arrow key I get:
    eventType:keyMod code:0x39 name:CapsLock flags: misc:
    eventType:keyDown code:0x7b name:Left flags:NumPad Fn misc:
    eventType:keyUp code:0x7b name:Left flags:NumPad Fn misc:


    One thing I noticed today is that if I press left key very quickly caps lock does not go with it i.e. I get left key stroke only.

    It really strange as I hardly have any apps so not sure how did all this happen!
    Thanks,
    dreri

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