Mac Wireless Keyboard: Numbers type, letters don't

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by idesomarch, Mar 10, 2007.

  1. idesomarch macrumors newbie

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    Hi!

    My husband popped off the control key last night to clean out a little liquid, I guess. Not enough to fry a keyboard, and I'm not sure why he popped off the key (everything was working fine), but he did, and fiddled around in that area of important keys quite a bit, so there you go. Anyway..

    Now the keyboard will not type letters. Number type fine, but no letters. And now when I click anything in the dock, the application doesn't open, but a (not always helpful) menu opens up. When I click "help" and then try to click the links, again, no action, just options (would you like to copy the link?). My stubborn husband refused to call apple support all day, so now I'm stuck trying to figure it out and apple is closed.

    Can you help me and save us from divorce?

    Thanks!

    Sincerely,
    A desperate MAC owner who is very annoyed with her husband...
     
  2. idesomarch thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Oh, and if this helps, this is an imac purchased in december.

    I just went into system preferences -- keyboard -- and typed in the typing area. Numbers work, letters don't. I click restore defaults. I'm a little frustrated.
     
  3. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    It does sound like your control key is stuck in the "down" position. Does wiggling the key to see if it comes free help?

    In addition, it also may be that your num lock is on, which would explain why you're only getting numbers.
     
  4. idesomarch thread starter macrumors newbie

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    my husband is once again fiddling with the control key (hey popped it off again and is pressing on it directly)...and nothing. And we can't find our num lock key?

    We are really the blind leading the stupid.

    Thanks for trying to help us!

    b
     
  5. idesomarch thread starter macrumors newbie

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  6. Telp macrumors 68040

    Telp

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    im taking you restarted your machine?
     
  7. idesomarch thread starter macrumors newbie

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    A trillion times, but not since fiddling with the keys just now. I'll do it again! Thanks!

    b
     
  8. Telp macrumors 68040

    Telp

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    also, maybe try poppin out the batteries for a little and or put new ones in?
     
  9. idesomarch thread starter macrumors newbie

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    You are effing kidding me! That worked!

    You people are geniuses!

    Thank you for saving my marriage...;)

    YAY!

    b
     
  10. Telp macrumors 68040

    Telp

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    glad to be of service =] haha...well atleast im glad you got everything working again.
     
  11. Telp macrumors 68040

    Telp

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    And chances are, if you can't reach Apple, someone on macrumors or some other board has had the same problem and can help you fix it. :apple: :apple: :apple:
     

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