Expose not working on new install of Panther

Discussion in 'macOS' started by tokolowicz, May 21, 2005.

  1. tokolowicz macrumors newbie

    May 8, 2005

    I am a MAC newbie and very happy. I recently bought a used 2 month old PB from someone. I have a 15" PB - 1GB of RAM - (128 VRAM) - SuperDrive, etc. BTW, how can I verify I have 128MB of VRAM and a 9700 Graphic chipset???

    Basically, I am test driving the PB for two days and I can return it if it wasn't delivered as promised (escrow is a wonderful thing). Also, I paid $1600 for it which is a great price, seeing that the orig owner paid $2700 at the Apple store 2 mos. ago.

    Sorry for the rambling, but my main question is that expose doesn't seem to be working, and I haven't been able to find any support related items on how to resolve it. I have not changed the default key settings. The only key that works is F11 (minimize all). Nothing happens when I hit F9 and F10 and they are assigned properly. When I hit F9 or F10, the only thing that happens is the logo on the F9 and F10 key appears on the screen (with a certain amount of transparency and also a circle with a line through it appears. Any ideas?

  2. ITASOR macrumors 601


    Mar 20, 2005
    Hmmm that's definitely a weird problem. Did you try using Google and searching for like "F keys not working on PowerBook"? If not I would try that. You can verify all the system specs by clicking the Apple logo in the topr left of your screen and choosing "About this Mac." Then choose "More Info" and the system profiler will open. Just click the appropriate category on the left, and you should find all the info you need.

    Goog luck with the PowerBook!
  3. Nickygoat macrumors 6502a


    Dec 11, 2004
    Has the previous owner changed the exposé functions to something else?
    Try System Prefs->Exposé and make sure that F9 and F10 are in place.
    It's weird you should ask this question - I've just got back from the Regent St store and the PowerBook is was playing with did the same thing. Don't the laptops have slightly different key combinations than the desktops due to a reduced keyboard? Something to do with using the fn key. Anyone with a laptop tell me?
  4. tokolowicz thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 8, 2005
    No the function keys have not been reassigned. In fact, he used the restore CDs to put a fresh copy of OSX on the machine. When I received it, the first thing I did was update Panther to 10.3.9. So everything should be at the default settings, which I verified through System Prefs. Hmmm...please someone out there help me with this..
  5. tokolowicz thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 8, 2005
    Also, I just tested that expose works properly when assigning one of the 4 corners of the window to be assigned to an expose function. So what is up with the FN keys???
  6. tokolowicz thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 8, 2005
    Ok I'm dumb....I guess I need to hold down the FN key to make it work as well. All is good. Thanks and you shall hear from me more in the future, hopefully with better questions next time.

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