Intel Macbook Option/ALT Key issues

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by krazedj, Mar 6, 2009.

  1. krazedj macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2009
    Hey guys,

    I am new to this forum. I have an Intel based Macbook running Bootcamp (Windows XP Home SP2).

    Issue: Option/Alt key periodically does not work under both Mac OS and Windows. It will work for a while, then stop working for a few hours.

    I have all of the latest updates installed on the computer.

    When the Option key is not working, I cannot select to boot to windows, or reset PRAM to try and fix it.

    Note: I know I can boot into the Mac OS and have it reboot into Windows.

    Anyone have any suggestions on this issue?

    This has been happening for a week now. I have not spilled anything on the keyboard, and it seemed to just startup after a week of non-use.
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    I'm not sure what would be causing the option key problem, but if you install rEFIt you won't need to hold the option key on startup anymore.
  3. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Sounds like keyboard might be bad?

    Did you spill anything on the computer?

    Make appointment with apple store genius bar.

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