keyboard usb plugs works, but not keys

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  1. thisuglydesire macrumors newbie

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    i have a keyboard with two usb plugs in the back. i use one for my mouse, then run the keyboard's connection into my computer. the mouse works fine, but the keys don't work at all [i'm using keyboard viewer to type now]. i plugged my 60gb external hard drive into it a few times this week, could that have something to do with it. any suggestions. thanks.

    update- i just plugged my keyboard in and it 'pushed buttons' on it's own. it held down the command keys, arrow keys, f12, etc.
     
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    My goodness that post must've taken a long time to write out using Keyboard Viewer.

    Have you spilled something on the keyboard? Sounds like you have a bunch of keys sticking, which would prevent the input from being recognized.

    What kind of keyboard is it? One of the Apple keyboards?
     
  3. thisuglydesire thread starter macrumors newbie

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    tea

    spilled some sweet tea. how can i clean it. thanks again. standard apple keyboard

     
  4. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Which standard keyboard? Left or right?
     

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  5. thisuglydesire thread starter macrumors newbie

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    left

    left

     
  6. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Ah, those are easy. You'll need a hex key to remove the screws on the back, then take bits out until you get to the two plastic membranes. Wipe them off thoroughly with a wet cloth, allow them to dry, then reassemble.

    Sorry I can't be more specific, I haven't done it in a while.
     
  7. thisuglydesire thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks, you've been great. i'll let you know how it turns out.
     
  8. MTI macrumors 65816

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    Like an episode of "House, M.D." . . . this would have been good to know in the first place, yes?
     
  9. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    One would think. :D
     
  10. thisuglydesire thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well I ended up having to get a new keyboard! Mine got totally screwed. I cleaned it up and let it dry, and when I used it the keys didn't stick BUT.. say I pressed 'Y'... I would get a Y and a 6 showing up on the screen. It was like that for most of the buttons. UGH! Such a hassle. But thanks for your help.
     

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