PB Keyboard problem

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by district, Nov 19, 2004.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Nov 19, 2004
    I’ve noticed that some of the keys on my 15” powerbook (1.33) make a slight click or popping sound when I release them. It’s like they are a bit sticky (no I didn’t spill anything on my keyboard) and aren’t as consistent as the other keys. I had the keyboard replaced under warranty recently but the problem still persists which leads me to believe it’s a problem with the ‘underpad’ or whatever it’s called.

    I phoned Apple again and they didn't really have any suggestions other than to replace the keyboard again. Personally, I don't think this will solve the problem.

    Just wondering if anyone else has experienced this? It’s not a huge issue – the keys all work okay but I expect a laptop at this price range to at least have a decent keyboard. I’ve tested other PBs and they don’t seem to have this problem. Maybe I’m being too picky but it’s bugging me nevertheless. Any ideas?
  2. macrumors 68040


    Jun 15, 2004
    The powerbooks is know to ave the best keyboards you can get, if it doesn't get a new!
    The keyboard was one of the reasons i bought the powerbook!
    The al-book keyboard is the best keyboard since the old apple extended (from the mac II era..).
  3. macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2003
    Izmir, Turkey
    A friend of mine (now sitting beside me) has the same problem and says it's very annoying too. He has 15" PB, keys around J,K,L,M make a clicking sound. Apple's Turkish IMC suggested to change some of the keys or open the keyboard and take a look. We don't think they had this kind of problem before. We'll see if they will solve it or not... :confused:
  4. macrumors member


    Nov 15, 2004
    Perth, Australia.
    Apple keyboard is just like any other laptop keyboard, the soft small buttons feel smooth and techy. Except, in ibooks and powerbooks, its the same keyboard lol... cracks me up sometimes how silly the 17" looks with that keyboard. I think you should take up their offer on the new keypad, but make sure its clear to them what the problem is and have them take a look at it and if they can't fix THAT problem demand a new powerbook!
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 19, 2004
    thanks for the replies. the problem is worse on the right side of the keyboard (K, L, M) keys are the main offenders. same as your buddy Toughboy. that's interesting. so i may not be the only one.

    i'll take it in for service yet again and see if they can correct it. what a drag.
  6. macrumors 68030


    Aug 7, 2004
    On a jet plane
    I had a 'squeaky' keyboard too but after about a month of usage it disappeared. I just think some of them need to be broken in. Annoying I know but maybe give it some time before rushing to replace the keyboard.
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 19, 2004
    i bought the pb brand new from the apple store and the keyboard was like that right out of the box. i thought it may 'loosen up' over time so i gave it three months, but it hasn't gone away. that's when i brought it in for service.

    unfortunatly it looks like time will not solve this problem ;)
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 15, 2003
    what's so funny about THAT keyboard??? :mad: GRRRR
  9. macrumors G3


    Aug 20, 2003
    sitting on your shoulder
    Oh yeah, my USB keyboard stopped working, GIVE ME A NEW POWERMAC!! :rolleyes:

    Oh wait, I don't have a USB keyboard on my PowerMac...

    Anyways, my F keys clicks sometimes, but I think it's different from your problem. There might be a problem with the screws or screw bosses that hold down the keyboard, but the chance of this happening twice are pretty darn low. I think they might want to check the keyboard bay for debris (they probably did anyway) or maybe the entire top case.

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