2010 MacBook Pro is struggling (keyboard issue?)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Glynes, Jul 31, 2016.

  1. Glynes, Jul 31, 2016
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2016

    Glynes macrumors newbie

    Apr 4, 2013
    Hi all,

    It's pretty strange, not the usual sticky keys problem I found on Google searches, but here's what happened:

    I was happily typing away on IRC when all of a sudden my meSsAges StARTeD To lOoK LiKe ThIS, and before I knew it, EVERYTHING ENDED UP IN UPPER CASE. The problem then briefly resolved itself for a few minutes, but then came back and is now here to stay.

    Toggling caps-lock and shift doesn't have any effect, and the problem also affects the numbers (i.e. instead of typing '2' I get '@'). Any other inputs I make are also interpreted as if I'm holding down shift (so you can imagine that logging in after a restart is tricky). I've been mashing away at the shift button but it hasn't changed anything.

    Computer is also very slow at starting up now (presumably because it's now starting up in safe mode).

    Using an external USB keyboard works fine.

    I've pulled out the shift key and cleaned out dust etc underneath. It doesn't really look like a hardware issue...

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  2. tubeexperience macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2016
    Replace the keyboard and see if that solves the problem.
  3. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    I'm guessing your keyboard is failing and needs to be replaced.
  4. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma

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