Alt keys don't work!

GrandMan

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Jan 6, 2004
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For some reason both of the alt keys no longer work on my keyboard. Everything else works fine. Is it possible it is software related?
 

mad jew

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Apr 3, 2004
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Adelaide, Australia
Open up TextEdit. When you hold OPTION and start typing you should get some funky characters. If you now press SHIFT as well, you should get some different funky characters. If OPTION really is screwed, then you'll just get uppercase characters. This is a good way to check if it's software related. :)
 

GrandMan

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Jan 6, 2004
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I only get uppercase :( I've tried restarting the computer to no luck. Any ideas anyone?
 

mkrishnan

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Jan 9, 2004
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Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Are you using any third party utilities or kernel extensions related to the keyboard? And are you using Tiger?

Assuming the answers are no & yes, respectively...

Check: System Preferences -> Keyboard & Mouse pane -> Keyboard tab -> Modifier Keys (bottom left). Make sure that the blank next to the Option key reads "Option."
 

GrandMan

macrumors newbie
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Jan 6, 2004
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Doesn't work on another user. I'm using Tiger. Modifiers are set to default. :(