Is it normal for my CAPS LOCK key to be unresponsive?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by pimpsahoy, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. pimpsahoy macrumors newbie

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    Alright, well, my caps lock key on my new Macbook has been acting up. It's very unresponsive. I Googled this, and all I found were a few problems with caps lock being inverted. Well my problem is this; I push caps lock, and quite often it doesn't turn on. I need to give it a fairly firm push for it to turn on, however I don't tend to push it hard enough when I'm typing fast. Is this a normal problem or should I have it looked at? (Below is a video I made to show exactly what is happening; sorry for the bad quality)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0s-lo6lhNog
     
  2. viperguy macrumors 6502

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    I have the EXACT same problem as you!
    Especially when typing fast, my caps lock key won't activate..
    Is that a problem for anyone else with the new MBs?
     
  3. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    It's a feature. You need to hold for a short time in order to activate it, in order to prevent accidental activations.
     
  4. Kardashian macrumors 68020

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    Use search!!

    There's threads about this already.

    Unsurprisingly, when there's an issue - you tend to not be alone.
     
  5. pimpsahoy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Isn't there a way to shut that off though?
     
  6. viperguy macrumors 6502

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    Uuh.. ok. makes me feel better now :D
     
  7. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Not that I am aware of.
     
  8. v66jack macrumors 6502a

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    This is another little thing which annoys me about the mac!! I'm just am trying to remember to push the shift key instead of caps lock!! :D
     
  9. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    If you're only typing a single capital letter, you should be using the shift key anyways.
     
  10. alphaod macrumors Core

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    What computer uses caps lock instead of shift? :confused:
     
  11. philipxz macrumors regular

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    Oh I thought I had a faulty keyboard too.

    I guess I really didn't complain about it or even bother to search it on MacRumors because I didn't really use caps that often. :rolleyes:
     
  12. JamesGorman macrumors 65816

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    I had no idea this was a feature, I just thought this was something annoying that was apparent on quite a few macbooks. Its relieving to know that this is a feature.
     
  13. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    It's been that way on the Mac keyboards for quite some time, maybe since the iBook-->Macbook switch. As fast as I ever press the Caps Lock key, it turns on for me. As I said before though, who uses the caps key for single letters or that often anyway? I can't think of the last time I actually used mine actually.
     
  14. Burning Radio macrumors regular

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    I did that when I was 5. lol. (seriously, it speeds up typing to learn to use a shift key properly. lol. something most of us have learned to do.;):D)
     
  15. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    Nope. I'm going to say it's been in the mobiles since the unibody switch (maybe the :apple: to command key switch) It's still the "normal" way on my black Macbook. I don't ever use caps lock, it's a useless feature for keyboards. I think there could easily be a better key there, too bad it's standard.
     

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