Macbook Pro '08 Keyboard Issue

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Wolitzer, Nov 19, 2011.

  1. Wolitzer macrumors newbie

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    So today I decided to give my aging MBP a facelift. Upgraded to Lion, cleaned out the hard drive, and finally, attempted to clean the keyboard. After popping the "command" key off, a tiny, rubber part was accidentally removed as well. I tried to lift up the first layer of film with tweezers and insert the rubber part underneath but to no avail.

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    Unfortunately, my keyboard stopped functioning properly soon after. My suspicion is that the tweezer grazed the actual sensory input (what the rubber piece normally "strikes" to register a key being pressed -- I marked it green on the image above), etching the film and forever tricking the machine into thinking this key is always being pressed down: when I click on an app in the dock, I am brought to its containing folder.

    Has anyone had a similar issue, or know how to get the keyboard fixed? I don't have the money for a new machine, nor am I covered under AppleCare or warranty since the machine's so old.

    I'd really appreciate any help. Thanks guys.
     
  2. teknikal90 macrumors 68030

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    cleaned the keyboard??? why would you do that??
     
  3. mofunk macrumors 68000

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    I did that once while cleaning mine. Its very hard (I think) to get back on. vs PC keys. You can look online and find a how to, that should help you.
     
  4. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    You can buy a new top case. They're a few hundred dollars IIRC.
     
  5. teksurv macrumors regular

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    I'm not sure of a way to repair your current keyboard, however I do have the same style of MacBook Pro and I was able to replace just the keyboard itself. It comes as a part of the top case, however it is changeable keeping your current top case. Keyboards can be had online including eBay for $20-50. Much cheaper than replacing the whole top case usually. Refer to iFixit.com for repair instructions with pictures.
     
  6. miniConvert macrumors 68040

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    These keyboards are a nightmare. A replacement keyboard would be the best option. I've had three, albeit under warranty.
     

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