Volume keys on keyboard not working

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Mr. Durden, Jan 30, 2006.

  1. Mr. Durden macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2005
    I've searched the Apple support site and here, but can't find this particular issue, so I'm hoping someone here can help me out (there is a good chance I'm not searching for the right phrase, I guess).

    The Volume Up, and Volume Down keys on my keyboard no longer work. The Mute key makes the Volume Mute logo appear on the screen, but dosent really do anything to the volume.

    I'm running OSX 10.3.9 and havent loaded any new software or anything lately. The latest thing I did was update my Quicktime, but that was early last week, and I went the whole week after loading it with no problems. When I left for the weekend, everything was fine.

    I have repaired permissions, and shut down/re-started. Immediately after this post I'm going to zap the PRAM to see if that does the trick. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Laser47 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 8, 2004
    Open international settings click on the input menu tab then make sure keyboard viewer is checked, then enable the input menu bar (setting at bottom) then click on the international menu and open keyboard viewer and see if when you press the volume keys that the keys light up on the viewer( if you have a PB or ibook make sure you hold down the function key). If they dont then its a problem with your keyboard, if they do then its a problem with OSX. BTW are you using a ibook because i had the same problem with my F2 key.
  3. latergator116 macrumors 68000


    Sep 30, 2003
    Providence, RI
    Interesing. I have that same problem on my computer, except it is the screen brightnesss keys. I treid re-onstalling the OS, but that didn't work.
  4. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    One unlikely possibility: if you're using a KVM, those sometimes get flaky and stop responding to some of the keystrokes, regardless of what you do to your Mac.

    I strongly recommend using Laser47's solution to verify that it isn't your KB (in fact, it might not be your KB even if the key presses don't show up in the KB Viewer - do you have an extra KB anywhere to test with?).
  5. Mr. Durden thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2005
    Wow. Thanks for the quick replies. The PRAM seemed to fix the problem. I didnt take into account that I have 2 volumes, both with the OS on them, so when I zapped the PRAM, the computer wouldnt start up all the way because it didnt know what drive to use. Holding the "option" key on start up brings up a screen allowing you to pick which drive to use. All seems fine now. I was sweating it for a minute there.:eek:

    Thanks again for the help.
  6. anderc4 macrumors newbie

    Jul 8, 2009
    Same Issue

    Hey guys, I am also having the same problem, plus my eject key is not working, I tried resetting my PRAM and it didn't fix the issue, any other suggestions???
  7. cdazzzle macrumors newbie

    Dec 31, 2010

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