MacBook won't shut down!

Santabean2000

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My mate handed me off his MacBook from 2008, first of the unibodies, free because it wasn't working.

I've got it up and running, but now it won't shut down unless plugged in!

Another known issue is that the Shift key is permanently engaged, so it always wants to boot into Safe Mode too - although I have kind of skirted that by holding the Option key on start up, and then runningsome key remapping software I can disable the Shift key once logged in.



Anyone any ideas on a more permanent fix, esp for the cant shut down part?


Cheers
Santa
 

justperry

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Home is everywhere and nowhere.
Reset SMC, that might help with not shutting down, but I think the real problem here is that the Shift key is stuck, this might interfere with the shutdown process.
My advise get it unstuck somehow before doing anything else.
 

Santabean2000

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Reset SMC, that might help with not shutting down, but I think the real problem here is that the Shift key is stuck, this might interfere with the shutdown process.
My advise get it unstuck somehow before doing anything else.
Cheers. Its not physically stuck, but rather some deeper in the internals.

I don't want to replace the keyboard; not worth it.
 

Santabean2000

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I suspect its a hardware thing, below the key there somewhere.

I was just wondering if anyone has heard of a computer not shutting down before. Surely there is a fix..?