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Old May 6, 2007, 03:20 PM   #1
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iMac Keyboard annoying double letters problem

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Maybe I'm just not used to it, but one annoying quirk I have found with mac keyboards (I recently bought a 20 inch iMac) is the keyboard is always giving me double letters when I type that I always have to go back and edit out. I already went to system preferences and changed sensitvity and repeat settings to the slowest. It's ridiculous in how inaccurate it is; has anyone else experienced this problem and/or have any suggestions? Just in writing this paragraph I've had to fix at least 10 times. No other keyboard has given me such fits before.
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Old May 6, 2007, 03:25 PM   #2
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No, that's strange... I think you'd have seen a lot of anger here if that was generally the case. There's some adaptation required to any new keyboard, but that's ridiculous.

Is this a wired or wireless Apple Keyboard?
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Old May 6, 2007, 04:17 PM   #3
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Sounds like something isnt working right. My keyboard had never repeated letters and is probably the best keyboard I have ever owned. If it is wireless maybe the signal is getting messed up somehow. In any event there is something wrong.
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Old May 6, 2007, 04:30 PM   #4
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If you have access to another keyboard, try using it and see if the problem persists. If it doesn't, then your keyboard is the problem and probably needs to be repaired/replaced.
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Old May 6, 2007, 04:47 PM   #5
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Well, the reason I asked if this was a wireless kb is that this has been known to happen on bluetooth keyboards if there is strong 2.4GHz interference in your home. If your computer is near a microwave oven, you use a 2.4GHz cordless landline telephone, if you have an excessive number of simultaneous bluetooth devices active (3-4 should be no problem, but I've no idea what happens if you try to use 10 BT devices in the same room at the same time) etc, then that could be causing this.
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Old May 7, 2007, 12:51 AM   #6
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this is the wired version. it's gotten better; i think i'm more used to it; but i google searched and apparently this is a pretty common complaint with these keyboards. it's just annoying to have to go back and delete double letters all the time. fortunately in writing this paragraph i only had to do it twice.
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Old May 7, 2007, 09:09 AM   #7
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That still seems strange to me... do you touch type? How fast can you type? You type with all your fingers, right? I know that I can get fairly close to my full typing speed on Apple's keyboard without seeing repeats. Other touch typists I know seem to think it's a fine keyboard.... I guess if you're used to a fairly dead keyboard where you can't move as quickly and you have to linger on keys more, then I could see a problem.
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Old May 8, 2007, 01:14 AM   #8
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i type pretty fast, both hands. i dunno, i don't think it's the keyboard being broken as i remember being in the apple store and it also acting that way for me. i'm used to typing on a IBM laptop keyboard which doesn't feel as loose or light; maybe something about the force at which i'm striking down on the keys. but if you google you will see that this is a common complaint against these keyboards.
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Old May 8, 2007, 04:23 AM   #9
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I had this problem when I first got my apple keyboard as well. I did think it was faulty but perservered and now it works just fine. It was just a strange adjustment to the keyboard for me I believe.
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Old May 8, 2007, 04:29 AM   #10
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I already went to system preferences and changed sensitvity and repeat settings to the slowest.
I did the same thing with my Apple Keyboard (wired, came with Mac Pro) at first, but I modified the repeat/delay settings to my liking and after getting used to typing on it it doesn't happen any more. I would think that if you set the delay until repeat to be really long it wouldn't happen at all though.

Interestingly, the keyboard that came with my parents G5 iMac, while the same design, has noticeably different feeling keys. I think the current models are more sensitive than they used to be.
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I did the same thing with my Apple Keyboard (wired, came with Mac Pro) at first, but I modified the repeat/delay settings to my liking and after getting used to typing on it it doesn't happen any more. I would think that if you set the delay until repeat to be really long it wouldn't happen at all though.

Interestingly, the keyboard that came with my parents G5 iMac, while the same design, has noticeably different feeling keys. I think the current models are more sensitive than they used to be.
I can't tell you how glad I am to find this forum thread. Thought I was all alone with my stutteering keeynoaard aand aannoying cleanup neeeded everytime I writee something. It seems to do itt mostly on several of the vowwels and now that I noticee it, mosttly on tthe keys left-hand portion of the keyboard.

I neeveer learneed to type andd geet by wwith pretty fast huntt & peck but neever havee this issue at work on PCs nor do I recall it on eearlier Macs. I do likee the crispeer feels of some otther keyboards. I ddon'tt tthink "faat fingeeringg is tthe isssue eeither.

I haave my repeat/delay ssettings set most "Sloww" on the Reepeat Rate annd "Long" on the Delay Until Repeeat. Sees like older keyboardds had aa meechanical adjustmentt butt obvioussly the new ones do nott.

I think the onlyy opttion for me now ids try aanotther keeyboard. Any suggeestions or ideaas on other in-maachinee adjusstmeents wwouldd bee much apprreciateed.

Sorrry forr the stutteering clutter abbove butt tthat's howw this keeyyboard produces.

Thaanks for any help!!
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this is the wired version. it's gotten better; i think i'm more used to it; but i google searched and apparently this is a pretty common complaint with these keyboards. it's just annoying to have to go back and delete double letters all the time. fortunately in writing this paragraph i only had to do it twice.
Where are you googling that exactly? Trying a search myself I saw some results for repeating issues with the wireless variant of the keyboard but not the wired. I'm not convinced it's a "pretty common complaint".

I have not had any such problems on my own keyboard. i agree with the others in here that you should check your key repeat sensitivity settings in System Preferences.
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Stuttering keyboard...

Well, please let me chime in on this issue as well, it's real! Just switched from a Microsoft ergo keyboard which I like but is just too big, to the fancy white Apple keyboard which came with my Mac Pro a year or so ago. Keys do repeat, instantly, and are not affected by keyboard repeat/delay settings.

I am learning to reduce this with a lighter touch, but still find it annoying. I'm a fast touch typist and have never noticed this issue with previous keyboards.
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Old Nov 6, 2009, 08:21 AM   #14
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get a Das keyboard

http://www.daskeyboard.com/

I've heard the ad slogan from users as well. It's not just hype.
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http://www.daskeyboard.com/

I've heard the ad slogan from users as well. It's not just hype.
That's what I use at work (the blank key version). It's an amazing keyboard.
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Old Sep 29, 2010, 08:56 AM   #16
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double letters from Mac keyboard

I have been using Macs since they were first made in 1982 or so. On the earlier Macs there was never a problem like this, but since the first generation of the iMac I have been getting double a's and double s's. Not every time, but very frequently.

Doesn't seem matter if the keyboard is wired or not. Seems to depend on what program I'm using. It's not happening here, but in my Mail program, and most word processing programs it happens regularly.

If anyone knows what's at the root of it, I'd love to know.
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Old Mar 23, 2011, 09:54 AM   #17
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My Mac is typinng double nn's

Double nn's started suddennly about 3 weeks ago. I switched keyboards annd had the same problem. Help! What else could it be?
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Old Apr 1, 2011, 06:19 AM   #18
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Strangely, I have started to see this with my Aluminum MacBook (5,1).

Just the last few days, it will repeat keystrokes and it's driving me bonkers.

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Old Jul 9, 2011, 09:29 AM   #19
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imac keyboard double letters/me, too

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Hi

Maybe I'm just not used to it, but one annoying quirk I have found with mac keyboards (I recently bought a 20 inch iMac) is the keyboard is always giving me double letters when I type that I always have to go back and edit out. I already went to system preferences and changed sensitvity and repeat settings to the slowest. It's ridiculous in how inaccurate it is; has anyone else experienced this problem and/or have any suggestions? Just in writing this paragraph I've had to fix at least 10 times. No other keyboard has given me such fits before.
I have the same problem, but it seems to be a lazy space bar, not the letters themselves. I type at a steady rhythm and, every now and then, I get the double letter thing and have to back space and edit. Very annoying. I can't find any preferences that might adjust it. Probably have to exchange it. Just wanted you to know you are not alone.
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I know this isn't relevent to this thread but where is the backspace key on the new wireless keyboard. I have just bought the new imac and i am having to use the left arrow key and then delete key. There is nothing in the manual to tell you were it is.
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I know this isn't relevent to this thread but where is the backspace key on the new wireless keyboard. I have just bought the new imac and i am having to use the left arrow key and then delete key. There is nothing in the manual to tell you were it is.
On my wired Apple keyboard with a number pad there is a separate Delete key with a right arrow that functions as a Delete key should, to the right of the cursor.

On all Apple keyboards the delete key is the backspace. If you want it to function as a regular delete key press FN + Delete and it will delete to the right.
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