keyboard all mumbled up

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jeangablase, Jan 14, 2008.

  1. jeangablase macrumors newbie

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    Feb 6, 2007
    #1
    Hi there,

    I have a second computer which is a 12" ibook 1.33GHz Power PC G4, 512Mb RAM, with OSX 10.4.4
    Suddenly my keyboard started acting strangely without apparent reason. It's not responding almost at all (when pressing the K key, 41 comes onto the screen, when pressing the J key, 52 comes onto the screen).
    I don't think this is due to anything physical (like a spillage or a drop, a hit...) so I'm wondering if anybody knows about any OS or software malfunction that could cause that.
    Thanks in advance
     
  2. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    #2
    Well, the most common cause for this would be accidentally bumping the Numlock button (I believe it's around the middle of the F-keys), thus giving you the embedded numeric keypad; at least on some iBooks it doesn't have a light to tell you when it's activated, so it can be pretty confusing when that happens.

    However, I'd expect J to give you 1 and K 2. Still, hit it and see if anything changes. If that's not it, try holding down the fn key and see if that does anything--I suppose it's possible the keyboard got locked in function-key mode in software...
     

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