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replacing Powerbook keys

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Queen of Spades, May 11, 2008.

  1. macrumors 68020

    Queen of Spades

    Hey guys,
    I have a Powerbook G4 that has a broken shift and enter key. The other shift and enter both work fine, so I haven't lost any functionality, but I'd like to fix it anyway.

    They are the only two keys that do not work. Would buying a new keyboard fix this problem? If not, what do I need to do?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. macrumors member

    Do you have any idea why the keyboard broke? Replacing the keyboard will almost certainly work, and if it doesn't then you have a very selective hardware/software problem. If a new keyboard doesn't help, reinstall the OS, and if that still doesn't work, then it's a hardware problem and you may have to replace your computer.
  3. macrumors 68020

    Queen of Spades

    I have no idea why the two keys don't work. I bought the computer used from craigslist, and the seller didn't disclose that they didn't work.

    I did some testing when I picked it up, but didn't notice them until I was home.

    I've been using the alternate enter/shift keys, but the original ones are then ones I'm most used to, so I'd like to get them working.

    Thanks for your advice.
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    Staff Member

    Do the keys seem to physically behave properly when you push them? The simplest cause could be something stuck under the keys that prevents them from physically depressing the actual key underneath the plastic key caps. You can (carefully!) pop off the tops of the keys to check underneath them and maybe give them a shot of canned air to try to clean anything out from under there.

    But if that's not it, it's likely a hardware issue that would require a full keyboard replacement. That'll run you about $150 through your local Apple Store.
  5. macrumors 68020

    Queen of Spades

    Yes, the keys act normally.

    I will probably buy a keyboard from ebay and do it myself. I'm fairly hands-on, and I'd rather not spend $150 to fix it.

    Thanks for all the help and suggestions, guys. This is my first mac, so I appreciate it.

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