asdf Keys Not Working MB Pro 15

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Christopher11, Sep 9, 2016.

  1. Christopher11 macrumors regular

    Christopher11

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    Hi. I'm feeling pretty down; the F key was failing intermittently on my 2012 MB Pro. Now the ASDF, all in a row, are not working. I had nearly filled the HD and emptied 300GB, and that seemed to fix it, so I was hoping it was a software issue.

    However, It's done this again today. I'm typing on external usb keyboard. Please share any thoughts you have on what the problem likely is. Thank you in advance. Also, is there any software I can run to check the hardware, or fix any software issue? Thanks so much!
     
  2. tubeexperience macrumors 68030

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    replace the keyboard

    You can buy one on eBay for ~$25
     
  3. Lachhh macrumors regular

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    The problem is the keyboard. The fact that they key worked after you deleted data can only be a fluke, the two are entirely unrelated. Wobbly connectors can sometimes start working again for a while before giving out. Sounds like something in the wiring of your keyboard. If you must hang on to it you can try removing the keys and cleaning it out, or screwing it open (if that's a possibility on your keyboard) to see if there's some dirt jammed in it blocking some connector. Generally though, yeah, I'd just replace it.
     
  4. Christopher11 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you for responding. That's certainly cheap enough. I've looked at this video though and that is very daunting for me. I think my boss at work will probably do it for me. Is there a chance I will screw up my laptop trying to do this with him?
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    Thank you. You mean popping the keys out and cleaning them, like in this video?

    That I think I could do. Since they're all in a row, does that more likely suggest a wiring issue though, than that there's gunk under the keys occluding the contacts? It would be nice if i could just clean them. There was no liquid spill. It could be oil from my hands on hot days collected inordinately there? I'm pretty careful though. Thank you in advance for any suggestion.
     
  5. tubeexperience, Sep 9, 2016
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    tubeexperience macrumors 68030

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    Look at the instructions on iFixit. They are easier to follow.

    It takes me about 45 minutes to do a keyboard replacement, but of cause I have years of experience, so take your time.
     
  6. Christopher11 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well I'm sure you're right. Thank you for your confidence that I could do it. It seems to happen more when the cpu is hot though, the asdf goes out. Does this imply a contact issue? Could cleaning out underneath the keys, popping them out like in that video help? Or do you think it's just intermittent failure that will likely get worse. Thanks for any response.
     
  7. Christopher11 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hey you guys. Thanks again for all the help above. (keys are working now but will stop in a few minutes). Do you think there's any chance popping the ASDF keys out, one at a time, and cleaning with distilled water could solve this issue?

    Or are you nearly certain it's a wiring problem. Thanks so much in advance or any reply.
     
  8. tubeexperience macrumors 68030

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    So after replacing the keyboard, you are still having issues?
     

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