Certain keys have stopped working on almost unused Apple wired keyboard

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Clothesline5246, Feb 3, 2017.

  1. Clothesline5246 macrumors member

    May 17, 2010
    I've had a wired apple keyboard for about 6 years, been used once or twice briefly and stored in it's original box in a dry place the rest of the time. It's pretty much brand new. I took it out the box to use the other day and the ` Z X and C keys have all stopped working. Any tips or advice on how i may be able to fix this? Ive seen things about using warm water but i'm not so sure about trying that. Ive taken the caps off and used some contact cleaner to no effect and there is no evidence of any damage or corrosion under the caps. Like I said it's pretty much new and can't see how theses keys would just stop working after next to no use.
  2. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    From what little I think I know about keyboard circuitry I believe that keys are sub-grouped into circuit sections and it sounds like, perhaps, there's a circuit with those keys and it has gone kaput. If so, cleaning won't help.
  3. Clothesline5246 thread starter macrumors member

    May 17, 2010
    That's what I feared, I think you may be right. Just a shame as it's never really had any use, like I'd bought it yesterday. From what i've read there doesn't seem to be a way to open it up without damaging it and if the circuit has gone I doubt they'd be anything to see or do.
    Built in obsolescence... :) or more likely just a dodgy one from the start.

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