HELP! Keyboard all scrambled!

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by rapidj, Dec 2, 2004.

  1. rapidj macrumors regular

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    I have a 12 inch PB, and the keyboard is all scrambled. most of the keys give me no characters, and the ones that do are not the correct character. Apple Q will not quit applications. First time this has happened. ive tried restarting but to no avail. I leave it in on nearly all the time and close the lid when not using, but this is nothing new. Only thing dif, was last night i was using a game in classic and left the classic running all night, but i can't imagine that would matter. i quit classic

    any thoughts, please
    thanks
    Kory
     
  2. aplasticspork macrumors regular

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    something similar happened to my sister's computer, a bunch of the keys were flipped around, for example: an n would type a y and vice versa. i restarted it and zapped the PRAM (command+option+P+R while booting) and that fixed it
    good luck
    --andrzej
     
  3. sebisworld macrumors 6502

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    Have you tried pressing the "num" key (F6)? Just a thought, though.
     
  4. StarbucksSam macrumors 65816

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    I second zapping that PRAM. If you want to test if this is a hardware or software problem, connect an auxilary keyboard if you have one available and test that out.
     
  5. colocolo macrumors 6502

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    I think the most likely cause of your problem, as said before, is that the "num lock" key, aka f6, is pressed.
    When you fix it, please post what it was, I am curious to know the solution to this if it aint that key
     
  6. rapidj thread starter macrumors regular

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    scrambled keyboard

    it was the number key, f6

    thank you
     
  7. simie macrumors 6502a

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    Try this - simply remove the battery and leave the power to drain for about 4 hours - put the battery back in then switch on.

    Sometimes this cures strange keyboard problems on laptop PC's may even work on your Powerbook.

    ;)
     

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