Help with letters

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by kendog3, Jul 24, 2008.

  1. kendog3 macrumors newbie

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    Cån ånyone tell me how to get this å to go åwåy. It just stårted the other dåy ånd I cånnot figure out how to måke it go åwåy.

    Thånks in ådvånce!
     
  2. NAG macrumors 68030

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    Apple (menu) > System Preferences... (menu item) > International (panel)

    Make sure you have the correct languages selected (ie: make sure you're using english in the input menu).
     
  3. kendog3 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeåh, I tried thåt ånd it wåß ålreådy set up like thåt. When I hit the delete key it is deleting the entire word ånd not just the letter. I cån't even log-in to severål of my åccounts b/c of this. Åny other suggestions would be of greåt help. Thånks.
     
  4. bigrell486 macrumors 6502

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    What was the last thing you did before you ended up in the situation?
     
  5. Lau Guest

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    Could you have somehow wedged down or have a faulty alt / ⌥ (option ⌥ in the US) key?

    That deletes whole words at a time and, on investigation, also makes the character å when you type "a".
     
  6. kendog3 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Cleåning the keypåd...I håve no ideå why I cån't chånge it.
     
  7. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    At the risk of being insensitive, I am going to question the post...

    Look above at the word wåß where it appears the poster did not release the alt key in time before the "s" and got a "ß" instead... but nowhere else... the "s" is clear elsewhere.

    That inconsistency makes me think this may not be real

    If it is... I will say "sorry", but for now... I'm not buying it

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  8. kendog3 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Reålly?? I åm å Gåmecock ånd would not lie to å Bulldog...fellow SEC'er. This is reål...trust me when I såy I would much råther being doing other things thån trying to figure this out.
     
  9. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    No problem... just explain the inconsistency in the post I quoted ;)

    Then I will be on board


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  10. NAG macrumors 68030

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    You kind of answered your own question. This problem happened after you cleaned your keyboard. So you probably did something to your option key.
     
  11. kendog3 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I håve no ideå why it is like thåt. I wish I did. I håve no experience with this åt åll. Åny suggestions on how I could pick the Ålt key?
     
  12. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    If the Alt key were stuck, it would affect other letters
    If it affected only the "a" key, it would not have affect the "s" in the post above

    Sorry... I don't want to seem unfriendly to a fellow SEC'er,
    but I'm still calling BS on this one until I hear a logical explanation for the inconsistency :)

    I have a workable theory for the å
    Do you have one for the ß?

    I think you are busted... but you can play it out if you like

    I will eat crow (or gamecock) later if need be, but I don't think so

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  13. kendog3 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    You truly must be joking. I håve NO IDEÅ! The only thing I håve figured out is thåt when I type the word wås the first time it looks like this...wåß , then when I hit delete it ånd it deletes the whole word I cån re-type it ånd it will be spelled correctly, but so får it is only the word wåß ...why in the hell would I måke this up?
     
  14. Lau Guest

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    If it's only affecting the a key, and the s key intermittently, it could be something affecting those two keys rather than or as well as the alt/option key. kendog3 could have damaged or affected those keys whilst cleaning.

    Did you use any damp or wet cleaning products, kendog3? If you did, you may have made a strange connection by getting those keys wet, and leaving it unplugged overnight might dry it out.

    I don't see any reason to doubt him asking for help about this, partly because it seems a bit unfair to suggest that when there seems to be various likely causes for it, and also because I don't know what would be gained by lying about it.
     
  15. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    I don't know...

    1. attention
    2. post count
    3. laughs

    It affects the "a" and the word "was" only?
    (but only the first time, the second time it is good to go)

    OK :rolleyes:

    I'm not trying to be insensitive lau, but I will defer to you and let you troubleshoot this

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  16. kendog3 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    This is truly låughåble...I joined todåy b/c I needed help ånd I get åccused of wånting to increåse my posts or get åttention???? I do not get it. Cleårly my integrity håß been questioned. Yes, I see it on the word håß, but I håve not ideå why, if ånyone could help I would åppreciåte it, but I will stop posting b/c I do not need to be åccused of lying on å messåge/help boård...thånks for the wårm welcome.
     
  17. NAG macrumors 68030

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    Not that it matters but the s key is only effected if it comes after an a.

    How did you clean the keyboard? Did you use liquid?
     
  18. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    OK, I will offer you a sincere apology, how's that?

    I have no suggestions for you, other than perhaps the Genius Bar
    Perhaps others will venture along with their expertise

    Please post the resolution when you get it

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  19. kendog3 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It sounds like the liquid's caused a temporary connection in your keyboard. Keyboards usually dry out fairly well so your best bet is to leave it for a day or so and hope that it dries out.

    It's not on a laptop is it? Because that could be a bit more serious if it got down deeper into the computer itself. If it's a laptop, I'd switch it off and leave it open upside down on a towel to drain the liquid out rather than further in. If it is a desktop keyboard, hopefully it'll just dry out if you leave it for a day or so.

    I wonder if pressing the "a" key temporarily pushes some liquid over towards the "s" key next to it, which is why it only happens after an "a". What happens if you press "z" or "x"?
     
  21. kendog3 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It is on å låptop...should I tåke it somewhere to be fixed...cån it be fixed? It is relåtively new, thånks for your suggestion.
     
  22. NAG macrumors 68030

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    I suggest you turn your computer off and let it dry for a while.

    Just a note, air dry it. Do not try to speed up the drying process with heat. You will melt something.
     
  23. kendog3 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    zxqwedc åre åll fine s fine, even the word ås is fine unless I do it reålly fåst ånd the is looks like åß
     
  24. kendog3 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    turning it off now, I hope it drys...thånks guys
     
  25. Lau Guest

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    As long as the liquid isn't sticky and likely to dry with a residue (hopefully you were using water or alcohol to clean it) you'll hopefully be lucky.

    If I were you, I think I'd try drying it out before spending money on a repair. If the liquid's just in the keyboard you could be lucky. Switch it off, unplug it, take out the battery, and lie it open on a towel (prop it up on something so you don't damage the hinge on the screen) and try switching it back on in a day or so. The longer you use it now while it's wet the more you risk damaging it.

    Edit: Glad to hear it, hope it works for you. :)
     

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