Very Minor Criticism of MacBook Keyboard

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  1. Grakkle macrumors 6502a

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    This is a minor flaw, or maybe it's just me. I find myself frequently hitting the CD eject button on the MacBook keyboard, when I want to hit the delete button. Does anyone else find themselves doing this?

    I suppose the position makes sense, but I do think that somehow adjusting the position so it isn't in such close proximity to such a frequently used key as the delete key would be nice.
     
  2. ebouwman macrumors 6502a

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    i notice that as well and sometimes it really bugs me (especially when i get frustrated and start typing worse, and hitting it more:p )

    Maybe what they should have done was have F12 act as delete, just how F4 does volume up etc, but have it so that you have to press FN, then F12.

    Or you could also have F12 work as Eject but you don't need to press FN to do so, but using the options in System Prefs set it so the F keys only do special functions when you press FN (which is already something you can do in system preffs)

    Also if they removed the Eject key then they could have those little spaces between the groups of F keys just like on a standard keyboard.
     
  3. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    yea it does seem close. good thing its not a tray drive cuz that would get annoying pretty fast lol
     
  4. ebouwman macrumors 6502a

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    lol ya, i think i would have to pop off the key :p
     
  5. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Yes, I also do that at least once an hour it seems!

    It annoys me how the CD drive still tries to eject, even though there isn't a disc in the drive.
     
  6. cmccarten macrumors member

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    That is also a pet peeve of mine. I'm working on several essays at once right now, peppered with the now-familiar "clk wehhh wehh rrrrr" of the disc drive trying to eject as I hit the key accidentely every other minute.
     
  7. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    i just tested it on mine and it just shows the image but makes no sound when i hit that button
     
  8. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    What image?

    I'm referring to the same "clk wehhh wehh rrrrr" sound as cmccarten.

    EDIT: After pressing the eject button I just figured out which image you were talking about (duh!). :eek:
    ...But even weirder, it didn't make the noise for me either... but it always has in the past. :confused:
     
  9. musicalmcs8706 macrumors regular

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    It really knows that nothing is in there, as you just ejected something that could have been in there. I tried it and got the same thing.
     
  10. copanewbe macrumors member

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    Hitting the eject button once when there isn't a disc inserted will trigger the eject mechanism. If you hit the eject button more than once without a disc inserted in a short period of time, it won't try to eject. Instead, it just shows the eject icon on the screen.
     
  11. kevinwiz macrumors regular

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    i do this at least once a day and its annoying as hell
     
  12. tundotcom macrumors member

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    Must just be you guys because I've never hit my eject button yet.
     
  13. animenick65 macrumors 6502

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    I do the same thing. I agree that it should have been moved and require the FN key to activate. Heck, most of us either do APPLE-E or drag it to the trash anyway so your really not cutting down on access.
     
  14. Speedracer04 macrumors 6502a

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    Ya, I dont know about you guys, but I never hit it.

    What commands are you trying to do that your using th F keys all the time/having your fingers up there? Except for dashboard on F12...but I get to that from my mighty mouse 3rd button...
     
  15. reflex macrumors 6502a

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    I do this a lot for two reasons:
    - it's the same location as the delete key on my previous laptop
    - I have it configured as delete key in Windows

    Minor hassle for me.
     
  16. ebouwman macrumors 6502a

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    I allways use the eject key, sometimes a little less when I'm using a mouse, I didn't know :apple: - E was eject :p

    I allways manage to hit it when i'm typing fast and want to delete something fast.

    I'm not that good at typing so when i type too fast all my keys get jumbled, and i need to use the delete key more, and that gets jumbled with the eject key:p
     
  17. samjane macrumors newbie

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    I do this too, it aggravates me, except i RARELY have disks in my Macbook. Christ apple, not EVEYONE has tiny hands...
     
  19. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    I hit that frelling eject button every now and then, yes... :eek:

    And I also hit the caps lock instead of 'A' ever so often, making nice words like 'MitthrWNURUODO'. And I also hit ',' instead of 'M' sometimes (they're next to each other on a Norwegian keyboard).

    But I am getting better, and now I mostly hit the wrong key when I sit in awkward/unusual positions, and nearly never when I sit up straight... :)
     
  20. ebouwman macrumors 6502a

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    ya good posture helps, i also notice that i can type faster when my computer is at the right height and everything
     
  21. bellychris macrumors member

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    on my old powerbook 12 inch the eject key is really close to the delete key as well but I have to hold down the eject key to eject a cd, not just hitting it by accident. I wonder why they didn't do this for the macbooks. Maybe there was too many people complaining that the eject key doesn't work?
     
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    It is one of the worst things in the world to be in a history class with a strict teacher when the eject zip-like sound happens while a boy is being told off.
     
  23. Grakkle thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It seems like it would be fairly simple to use some sort of sensor (even a simple physical-displacement switch) that would prevent it from ejecting unless there was actually a disc in the drive.

    As for it knowing that there's nothing in the drive when the eject button was recently pushed, I've noticed that too - and I don't know why they didn't take that the next step and have it do the same thing all the time when no disc is present.
     
  24. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    I have those same two problems, often. :eek:
     
  25. holamiamigos macrumors 6502a

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    surprisingly as bad a typer as i am, i never seem to hit eject when i hit delete
     

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