Installed Mavericks, started up computer, keyboard stuck in "mousekeys", can't log in

Johnnystanley

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After Having installed Mavericks, my iMac starts up and when I get to the log in screen I cannot type as my keyboard (which is definitely connected) is controlling the mouse, however when I try turning this off by pressing the option key 5 times, nothing happens. I have tried restarting but it won't fix. Sometimes it lets me type for a couple of seconds before I hear the sound indicating mouse keys is on and then I can no longer type. If I had a short password I could type it in fast enough, but mine is too long for this.

I have no idea how I would fix this this without being able to log in. :confused:
 

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Is there any way you can connect a different keyboard at all? Do you know if you have the on screen keyboard enabled at login?
 

Johnnystanley

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Is there any way you can connect a different keyboard at all? Do you know if you have the on screen keyboard enabled at login?
My keyboard itself isn't the issue, it's "mousekeys", and as far as I know there is no way to get an on screen keyboard in the log in screen
 

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Yeah you can get an on screen keyboard at log in, but you have to enable it from the System Preferences, Users & Groups and Login Items, Show input menu in login window. It's likely you don't have it enabled right now and obviously unable to get that far to do so.
 

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Johnnystanley

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Unfortunately, no, it isn't enabled. What can I do then? Is there a way to disable mousekeys through something like single user mode? (which I have never used before)
 

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I'm not sure. You're positive that pressing the Option key 5 times isn't working, right? You could try resetting the SMC, but I'm not optimistic that it will help. It won't hurt to try though.
 

Johnnystanley

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I'm not sure. You're positive that pressing the Option key 5 times isn't working, right? You could try resetting the SMC, but I'm not optimistic that it will help. It won't hurt to try though.
Option key 5 times definitely doesn't work, and resetting SMC did nothing.
 

Johnnystanley

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Glad you got it fixed.
It seems this is only a temporary fix as even with mousekeys completely disabled, if I return to the login screen it somehow magically activates. It's a very strange glitch that I never encountered before Mavericks, although looking online a handful of people have experienced it in the past.
 

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It seems this is only a temporary fix as even with mousekeys completely disabled, if I return to the login screen it somehow magically activates. It's a very strange glitch that I never encountered before Mavericks, although looking online a handful of people have experienced it in the past.
It might be worth calling and/or reporting it to Apple.
 

gabrielsermeno

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Having the same issues. Except I don't have a wired keyboard to even go and temp fix it at all. Any resolve on this issue would be awesome!