Is my keyboard broken?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by MaximusUK, Jul 21, 2010.

  1. MaximusUK macrumors newbie

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    Hi, Im pretty new to mac so a little unsure about the issue at hand. I bought an ibook without an OS installed. So I put in a setup CD but cant get it to load by holding C. This initially made me question the CD. but I then realised I wasnt able to eject it by holding fn and f12. Also the caps light wouldnt toggle on and off when I hit it, though i am unsure if this light works when there is no OS installed. My question is: is the keyboard not working?

    Thanks for any help
     
  2. Hrududu macrumors 68020

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    Try holding down the Option key when you power it on.
     
  3. MaximusUK thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Holding down the option (alt) key doesnt do anything. It doesnt take me to the boot screen. There is no OS on it. Just a flashing question mark
     
  4. max¥¥ macrumors 6502a

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    first may i say you don't need to press fn+ f12 as f12 is the ⏏ key fn + f12 will work as f12, from what you said it looks like 1 of 3 things
    1) dead keyboard
    2)keyboard ribbon cable unplugged (lift up the keyboard, remove airport card if installed, remove the 2 small screws and takeout the ram shield you should see 3 cables on the right side the biggest one is the keyboard)
    3)crack the keyboard ribbon cable
     
  5. MaximusUK thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi Maxxy thanks for your advice. Ive had a look inside and cant seem to diagnose the problem. The start up sound also cuts in and out so I think it may be a problem with the logic board.
     
  6. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601

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    Holding down the trackpad button at startup will eject the CD. Do you have a USB keyboard? Any keyboard will work even a PC keyboard so try that to at least install the OS.
     

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