Macbook Pro Space And Delete Key Not Working?

onemacmini

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Oct 19, 2005
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hi there, on my 15inch macbook pro the delete key and the space key no longer work? please help me as i find it really frustrating
 

onemacmini

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Oct 19, 2005
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Well in the uk Its sunday and apple lines are closed.... and i need desperatley to use my macbookpro and the keyboard "space" and "delete" key have stoped working!!! please help! as i really need to get some important school work done..
 

Temujin

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Oct 1, 2005
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Copenhagen
onemacmini said:
Well in the uk Its sunday and apple lines are closed.... and i need desperatley to use my macbookpro and the keyboard "space" and "delete" key have stoped working!!! please help! as i really need to get some important school work done..
Did you try a restart?
 

Warbrain

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Jun 28, 2004
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Do you have an external USB keyboard to hook up to your computer? It'll help you determine whether or not it's a issue with the MBP keyboard or a problem with the operating system.
 

onemacmini

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Oct 19, 2005
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Hertfordshire
Well just tried my bluetooth keyboard and it worked fine. the space key and delete key stopped working a while back but then was fine again...but now they wont work.... And yes i tried restarting and software updates.. aswell as the disk utility permissions
 

viperguy

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Nov 3, 2005
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onemacmini said:
Well just tried my bluetooth keyboard and it worked fine. the space key and delete key stopped working a while back but then was fine again...but now they wont work.... And yes i tried restarting and software updates.. aswell as the disk utility permissions
I see lots of spaces between your words on your posts... So I assume it works :confused:
 

raafa

macrumors newbie
Oct 18, 2010
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loose contact, wiring problem

hi, it sounds like you may have had (pretty old post i guess) the same problem as i have. it is a hardware problem! no question about it. i found this link very useful:
http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1365569&tstart=75

took me ages to find it, so i thought i'd make it a bit easier for others that are also trying to figure out what the hell is wrong with their computer.

ciao
 

rickschmoo

macrumors newbie
Nov 17, 2011
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Keyboard diagnosis with built-in Keyboard Viewer app

Before opening up your chassis / lugging your computer to the Apple Store, do some diagnosis with MacOS's built-in Keyboard Viewer.

My issue was similar to those described here and elsewhere:
- delete key not working
- up/down arrow equivalent to page up/page down
- space bar not working intermittently

Use the Keyboard Viewer as follows:
1. Open System Preferences -> Keyboard -> Keyboard sub-tab -> check the "Show Keyboard and Character Viewer in menu bar" checkbox
2. Click the little window icon which appears top-right next to your battery meter, and select the "Show Keyboard Viewer" menu option
3. A small window will appear showing your Mac keyboard. Each key is highlighted with each keystroke.

Hey presto! Using the Keyboard Viewer, I could immediately see my problem - the Function ('fn' key) at the bottom left of my keyboard was sticking.

Since Macbook keyboards are really hard to get at (see Wired Gadgetlab), and what the hell - its an old computer - I just removed the function key and the keyboard is back to normal. Yay. Good luck!
 

hckr4evr

macrumors newbie
Jul 1, 2012
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Solution!

Here's the solution (worked for me):

Shut down the laptop, remove the battery completely and restart (without it).

The battery is the problem.