Macbook apple/cmd button broke so can't use keyboard or login!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by RunnyCustard, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. RunnyCustard macrumors member

    RunnyCustard

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    #1
    Hi

    I managed to update my macbook from 1gb RAM to 4gb which I was rather pleased with performance and I thought I'd see if I could solve the keys that were not working... 0 and cmd and a few others but those two are the most useful to me.

    I gently lifted it up (I already have a lose A so I knew what to expect) and I gently used a cotton tip to clean any dust up.. couldn't see anything wrong so I just popped the top of the cmd back on.. now it's acting like the cmd is depressed all the time so I can't enter my password on the screen lock (I was just updating to lion as well).

    I know that I could buy a new keyboard (which will take ages to arrive if I buy on ebay now... weekend etc and I work on Monday ... I use my macbook for that) so was hoping if anyone knew of any alternative solutions?

    :cool:
    thanks
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    You have two CMD keys, one on the left side of the SPACEBAR and one on the right.

    Or you could get a cheap external keyboard and connect it via USB, it will work.

    But how do you use the CMD key during login? I never needed to use that key during any of my many logins since 2004.
     
  3. RunnyCustard thread starter macrumors member

    RunnyCustard

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    I don't use the cmd key during login - I just can't use the keyboard as 'it thinks' the cmd key is being used - basically I'm not getting any keystrokes when I press a key.

    hmm... I just realised I have an old mac keyboard... I'll give it a go.

    UPDATE: yep the old keyboard got me through the screen lock - guess I'll pair up my wireless keyboard (smaller so can take to work with me) to use with it until I can get the key working or a new keyboard... what a pain.

    thank you!

    how would the second cmd key stop the other one being 'depressed' if that one is damaged?

    thanks for your help
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    Sorry, didn't get that from the OP, but as that is the case with the CMD key, the second one wouldn't help either.
     
  5. RunnyCustard thread starter macrumors member

    RunnyCustard

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    oops sorry wasn't clear :)

    thanks for the reminder about using another keyboard... I did think about my wireless one but how do you set it up without using the macbook first?! lol... but my old imac keyboard was in a storage box.. .out of sight, out of mind!
     

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