Keyboard Issue

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by LookingHard, Oct 15, 2011.

  1. LookingHard, Oct 15, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2011

    LookingHard macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2011
    A friend of mine is using an Apple keyboard with a relatively new Gateway computer and suddenly has an issue....

    The 'a' on the keyboard will suddenly take off and print a's until he hits another key. The same thing is true of the 'Tab' key.

    He has serious health problems and the computer is his window on the world and the way he communicates with those of us who try to help keep him in his home.

    He indicated that he downloaded some Windows updates last night but I don't see how that could be connected.

    Also, there is some spotting on the keyboard, leading me to believe he has
    maybe dropped something on the keyboard. His illness has gotten to the point that he might have drooled on the keyboard, which is another possibility.

    I have looked at the keyboard but don't think that cleaning it is an option. Tomorrow I will be going back over to watch TV and would appreciate any thoughts anyone has.

    If anyone can think of another board on which I can ask this question please let me know that also.

  2. LookingHard thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2011

    If no one has an answer to my question I would appreciate being redirected to a forum where I might can find an answer.........

    Thanks again,
  3. ergdegdeg Moderator emeritus


    Oct 13, 2007
    The first step is probably to connect another keyboard and see if it still happens. If it doesn't, the keyboard is faulty and has to be replaced. If it doesn't it's probably a software issue.
  4. Samuriajackon macrumors 6502


    Feb 9, 2009
    Go get another keyboard...
  5. LookingHard thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2011
    Thanks for the replies folks. This evening I will try substituting another keyboard to see if that helps but his health issues make the Apple keyboard easier for him to use, hence my desire to keep it working.

    If necessary I will replace the keyboard, but at $50 it is not something he or I can easily do, especially if his drooling is at fault.

    I may try food wrap to see if that works for him, and if so, I can buy an keyboard cover.

    Thanks again,

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