Keyboard unresponsive in Leopard

miles01110

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Jul 24, 2006
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The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
So, I installed Leopard yesterday and everything is running well except that for that the keyboard on my macbook pro sometimes randomly decides not to work for about 30 seconds. It's really irritating. As far as I can tell, I haven't done anything to cause this to happen- num lock is off, im not in an application that doesn't allow the keyboard to be used. Any ideas on why this might happen? Or a fix?

edit: sorry, I re-posted this on the OS X help forum.
 

blakholephysics

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Oct 28, 2007
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I am having the exact same problem. I don't know what causes it either.

This is just to say that you are not the only one.
 
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iJon

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Feb 7, 2002
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I posted in the other thread about this too. I have been having the problem and so has a co worker of mine. It is directly related to Leopard, that I'm sure of.

Hopefully Apple fixes this bug quick, very annoying.

jon
 
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beartrash

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Nov 1, 2007
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I've been experiencing this too.

I thought the keyboard on my Macbook was going bad, but this problem only started after I installed Leopard.
 
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Italiana

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Sep 24, 2007
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I'm having this same problem on my MBP. It is most definitely a Leopard problem. The thing is, it pissed me off so much I put my MBP to sleep and went downstairs... well now I can't log in because I can't type my username and password. :mad: Um... help? :eek:
 
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cLin

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Sep 10, 2006
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Don't have that problem but I do have a problem with my external keyboard not being recognized. I can't remap my modifier keys due to that and it happened after I upgraded to leopard
 
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insomac

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Oct 24, 2007
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ooo so its true, i thought this was a MBP hardware issue..
happens to me often, only on sleep/wake.. especially if i close the lid and it accidentaly opens and i close it again immediately.. also if i disconnect usb peripherals while sleping..

the next wake takes 30 seconds for the keyboard to become responsive.. panic at first, but now i've learned t just be patient.. :)

i've never had it happen while working tho.. that would suck :mad:
 
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iJon

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Feb 7, 2002
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I zapped my PRAM and the problem has gone away.

Command + Option + P + R all at once at startup. Hold it down at startup and it will restart your computer. Keep it held down for about 3 restats.

jon
 
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skp574

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Jan 16, 2005
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I've had a dead keyboard too.

Had Leopard running for a couple of days on my MBP, just putting it to sleep between work and home. Got home this evening and the keyboard didn't work at all. Managed to use the TP to do a restart and all it fine now.

I did notice today, that when I was using NeoOffice today typing some key presses were ignored when typing. Strange.
 
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KyleC

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Oct 9, 2004
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i have this problem also, when its dead I try to hit caps lock or num lock and the keys do not light up.

is their a way to report this bug to apple directly?
 
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snazzy J

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Nov 9, 2007
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Same thing here. I've got a SR Macbook Pro and the problem seems to be getting worse. Resetting the PRAM won't hurt anything, right?
 
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iJon

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PRAM does not zap your setting/preferences or anything else noticeable when you turn on your computer. It's completely safe and more than likely will get rid of the keyboard problem.

jon
 
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snazzy J

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Nov 9, 2007
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Well, zapping the PRAM worked for yesterday. Today, the problem is back, as bad as before.
 
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KristenM

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Oct 22, 2007
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PRAM does not zap your setting/preferences or anything else noticeable when you turn on your computer. It's completely safe and more than likely will get rid of the keyboard problem.
Didn't work here. Still having the same issue.
I brought it to the apple store this morning and they did nothing at all. Sat me down and told me to recreate the problem. Gee thanks. Of course it didn't happen the 45 mins I was there but just happened now. They sent me away and told me to bring it back later in the week to send out for a new keyboard since they didn't have any in stock. The woman never even touched my computer. After driving an hour each way I am pissed.
 
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iJon

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Didn't work here. Still having the same issue.
I brought it to the apple store this morning and they did nothing at all. Sat me down and told me to recreate the problem. Gee thanks. Of course it didn't happen the 45 mins I was there but just happened now. They sent me away and told me to bring it back later in the week to send out for a new keyboard since they didn't have any in stock. The woman never even touched my computer. After driving an hour each way I am pissed.
There isn't anything they can do in all honesty. This is a software issue and I don't think getting a new keyboard will do anything. Once I zapped my PRAM it worked well for about a week and the problem came back. Zapped the PRAM again and it working fine again.

This problem probably won't get solved until 10.5.1 if I'd have to guess.

jon
 
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julzihead

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Nov 12, 2007
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after googling up about the keyboard problems i came across this thread, i had exactly the same problem with my keyboard on my macbook c2d aswell as my boyfriend's macbook pro c2d two days after installing leopard.

what happened to us was; if you leave the keyboard idle for around 30 seconds it sorta goes to 'sleep', but after pressing a few keys it wakes up again, but that takes another 20 seconds or so. so when i had that problem i just kept pressing the arrows once a while.

that was stupid, then i realized what fixed the problem for me was just restarting, hopefully it'll never happen again. and yes i'm 99% sure it's a leopard problem. apple should read this.
 
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Sun Baked

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May 19, 2002
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Check the system log to see if it is throttling a process that is out of control during those time periods.

The or the error logs ...
 
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MMCAMERA

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Jan 22, 2008
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I've had this keyboard problem with 10.4 to 10.4.10...

This problem has haunted my G5 Power PC since the upgrade to Tiger 10.4. PRAM zap or restart seems to cure it. But the problem does return. I've changed the keyboard 3 times with new Apple brand keyboards, but still it locks up. Also the odd thing is that I sometimes have keyboard control. Like now; my keyboard will not allow any internal or desktop folder naming, but I can type this message in the browser. Odd, this is rare thing but it has happened before. I'm beginning to think there may be a voltage problem with keyboard extension cables... No hubs attached here... USB 2.0 has always been odd on this Power PC and others I work with. I'm still tinkering, but the restart is key and try not to use the keyboard extension...

Rapid Fire Apple Let's Us Test The Problems...
 
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lutherlotz

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Jun 23, 2008
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i too have no mouse OR keyboard at the moment. I'm relying on my bluetooth mouse and keyboard. I'm not able to use the onboard trackpad and keyboard. I'm at 10.5.3

This blows. any fixes?
 
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