iMac G5 refuses to type out capital "s"-please help

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  1. rosyclown macrumors newbie

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    Hello, I have an iMac G5 with Tiger 10.4.11 and my mac refuses to write out the capital letter s (see?) in any program and any font. I have tried replacing the keyboard, and that doesn't work, and I don't remember when this trend started, but I have been through two keyboard changes. I am willing to buy a wireless keyboard if that helps. It used to write the s--something happened and now it doesn't. I have looked at Fontbook and cleared out surplus fonts I don't want anymore. I don't know what else to do. Please help.

    Thanks,
    Rosy
     
  2. John Doe 57 macrumors 65816

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    The key could be locked down. Did you spill anything on you keyboard? (sticky liquid: soda, juice)
     
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    Delete ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.UniversalAccess.plist (~/=Home Folder). Restart the computer and you should be all set.
     
  5. rosyclown thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I tried that, and I am sorry but it didn't work. :(
    The problem also manifests as the Mac barking at me as if something is wrong when I do try to type an s in capitals. This computer has done this with other keyboards too, so it's not that I spilled anything on it. if the key were locked, i wouldn't be able to type s at all. Does anyone else have any ideas because it's been about a year like this.

    :( Rosy
     
  6. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Try going to:

    System Preferences -> International -> Input Menu -> (check) Keyboard Viewer, (check) Show input source in menu.

    A new item should appear in the menu bar, probably with an American flag if you're using a default keyboard layout. Click on it and go to Show Keyboard Viewer. When you press the shift key, does the S become shifted? When you click the shifted S, do you get what is advertised?

    Oh, does caps lock work?
     
  7. rosyclown thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hello, when I go to the keyboard viewer as you instructed, no the s does not stay capitalized, and the Caps Lock doesn't work on there, but here is a sample of some writing with the locl on:

    SAM THE SNAKE WENT TO THE SEA SHORE.SSSSS

    Okay so apparently the s works on caps lock, but not on a mere shift.

    Thanks so much for the ongoing help with this problem,

    Look forward to more clues,
    Rosy:)
     
  8. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Wait, you mean the S key appears in lowercase here when you hold the shift key down?
     

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  9. rosyclown thread starter macrumors newbie

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    On the Keyboard Viwer, it appears as upper case, like so:
     

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  10. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Okay, and if you click the button in Keyboard Viewer you end up with a lowercase "s"?

    (Sorry, I use an alternate keyboard layout.)
     
  11. rosyclown thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No, I get nothing, no letter, just a noise telling me "hey stop that!", that Mac beepy noise if I press that capital s on the picture, just like the warning beep I get when I try to type it. It just won't allow me to type it, unless I have the caps lock on LIKE SO. Funny thing is, the mac just now barked at me because I wanted to write a cap s with my finger holding the shift down. Only when the caps are actually locked can i write it. :confused:

    rosy
     
  12. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    You know, it sounds to me like shift+S has been somehow assigned as a hotkey for something. I'm just not sure where or how. System Preferences won't accept shift+character as a hotkey, so I'd assume it wouldn't be in there.

    Try creating a new user account. Does the problem follow you there?
     
  13. kelper macrumors newbie

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    I had this same problem on my MacBookPro. I tried logging out, then back in again. Shift-s again produces capital "S"! It appeared to have something to do with speech synthesis.
     

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