Missing Keystrokes

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by RMD68, Oct 17, 2007.

  1. RMD68 macrumors 6502

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    I recently purchased a MacBook Pro. I love everything about it except mising key strokes. If I type at a normal speed and don't slam on the keys certain keystrokes will be missed misspelling what I type. I am not missing the key I hit it but if I don't slam on in directly it tends to not register. You will not be able to see what I mean because I did grammar correction in this post. I was wondering if anyone was having a similar problem. I never had this problem with my old iBook.
     
  2. Trepex macrumors 6502a

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    Nah. I use an iSkin sometimes (normally if I'm using my MBP at the table) and that took some getting used to but I find the MBP's naked keyboard very easy to type on.
     
  3. cogsinister macrumors 6502a

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    I have this problem with my MB keyboard....if you don't hit the keys quite hard enough letters get missed....

    Its rather annoying........never had this problem on my old Powerbook....
     
  4. RMD68 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Do you thin it's anything that can be fixed? Either through OSX or through getting the keyboard pieces replaced?
     
  5. Trepex macrumors 6502a

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    Pop into an Apple Store or a reseller and try out those keyboards to see if they perform the same as your own. If not, maybe there's something that can be done for you - otherwise it'll just take some getting used to.
     
  6. DaLurker macrumors 6502

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    Its indication that your keyboard is defective. I had the same problem and took it to the Apple Store. The genius tried it out and noticed it immediately. 3 days later I had a new top case :)
     
  7. pschniddy macrumors newbie

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    missing keystrokes

    i have had a realy bad time with this issue with a new macbook pro purchased last month.

    first tekserve (in nyc) replaced the keyboard. then when i the same issue developed on different keys (this time with the k and y keys) they gave me a new machine.

    now this one does it with the l key.

    seler
    seer
    seller

    at this point, i feel stupid bringing it back to them for such a seemingly trivial problem, but i'm seeing more and more posts on this. i guess apple blew it on the new keyboards.

    i did stop into the apple store in soho the other day and noticed that a few of the macbook pros had similar problems. often pressing the bottom right corner of the key (if not hard, and dead on) produced a missing stroke.

    for upwards of $3K, they should work this one out.

    -p
     
  8. The Flashing Fi macrumors 6502a

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    I noticed this too, but it's due to how I type. I have the tendency to not hit the "y" key down all the way, and it seems that the keyboard on the MBP is more picky. I just have to adjust how I type. The key isn't broken, as if I hit each key the same way I hit the "y" key, it does the same thing.
     
  9. duteberta macrumors newbie

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    Ditto- to first key stroke issue

    I have had my new 17" MacBook Pro for 4 days now.

    The first key stroke simply does not appear time after time. It doesn't make any difference if the computer was sleeping or if I am actively working.

    This is a hardware problem that needs to be addressed by Apple. Other than that- I am quite pleased with this machine.

    Of course, I would love to hear any suggestions.

    Thanks
     
  10. T-Mac macrumors member

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    The new SR Macbook I received last Friday had this problem with the "B" key. I took it to my local Apple store and they gave me a brand new machine. The new one is great.

    The two most critical components of your system are the input and the output mechanisms. If either one of those is subpar, the whole experience is ruined. I was not willing to "deal with it" and am glad Apple resolved the problem.

    Also, Apple needs to know if they are having an unacceptably high number of defective keyboards so they can resolve the issue.
     
  11. Animalk macrumors 6502

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    I have been going through an almost identical experience with my MBP bought in march but I never really thought that it could be a hardware problem. Now I am not sure.
     
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  13. spring macrumors regular

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    I also have the same problem as the original poster, but as of late, i haven't noticed it happening too often; perhaps i am getting more used to the keyboard. But I still have the problem that I quoted. The first keystroke does not register half the time. This happens when I am in another program, say Safari, then go to Adium to reply to a message, and the first keystroke will not register. Then when I return to safari to type in a new web address, again the first keystroke won't register.
     
  14. madelinefine macrumors newbie

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    missing key strokes

    YUP! me too. It is reassuring to find out that I am in good company. Being a fairly good keyboarder and fast I found it disconcerting at first to see words missing letters I knew I'd pressed. My macbook is wonderful except for the missing stroke thing!

    Thanks:
     
  15. Gary P macrumors newbie

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    Same here!

    I just registered with this forum so I could add my MacBook Pro 2.33 GHz Core 2 Duo to the pile of misbehaving Macs. It misses keystrokes at random, and I can't type effectively because I am constantly going back to correct missing letters. Apple has already replaced my Mac once. The first one had a bad screen, and now this one has the keystroke problem. And it isn't a Leopard problem, because I'm using Tiger. I should also add that it still misses keystrokes with the Apple Aluminum Keyboard attached, so I don't think the keyboard itself is the problem.
     
  16. dap1215 macrumors regular

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    I have this issue a lot too.. It won't type the 1st letter or, I will get missing letters when typing. I guess I sorta have gotten use to it.. But its sux when you are IM'ing people.. You really don't want to take the time to go back and look for all the missing letters. Cuz there will be. Normally the 1st and 2nd letter of the 1st word and several random letters after. :mad:
     
  17. CD3660 macrumors 68040

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    Now that is interesting! I stumbled across this thread by accident and glad I did.

    I have noticed missing keystrokes (particularly 1st) ever since I got my MBP in June last year but always assumed that it was just me. Now I know differently and must decide what to do about it. Any suggestions?

    Obviously my MBP came with Tiger, so this is not a Leopard issue.
     
  18. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    This is much older than MBPs and Leopard...my PowerBook has been afflicted with it since something like 10.4.2. But it was fine before then.
     
  19. JDR macrumors regular

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    A bit off the MBP subject, but my F7 key doesn't work at all (it's not registered in Keyboard Viewer when being pressed) on my iBook, and I brought it in to the Apple Store to see what they could do. They looked at it at the Genius Bar, then brought it to the back room, and 15 minutes later they said basically that the F7 key wasn't important enough to warrant a replacement.

    I guess you could try to bring it in and have a Genius type on it .

    Good luck,
    JDR
     
  20. Apple Corps macrumors 68020

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    My experience is much like yours - the first keystroke - doesn't matter what key - does not register 15% of the time. Probably nto random but feels random. I'm not inclined to return for warranty repair - more risk.
     
  21. Animalk macrumors 6502

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    I am still having this problem on my MBP in my sig.
     
  22. Robg54 macrumors member

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    That's interesting

    Man. Same issue here. Seems to be happening less ately, but still enough to be a little troubling. I hope that when I bring it in to the service, it will be fixed.

    Wanna back up everything before then. Think they can repair it or maybe even replace it? I've had my MBP since septemberish.
     
  23. Apple Corps macrumors 68020

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    I doubt that a replacement is in the cards - I'm just going to live with it - more of a minor annoyance than a big problem.

    Sometimes more significant gets broken trying to fix something that was minor to start with :-0
     
  24. Gary P macrumors newbie

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    The Genius Bar weighs in

    I took my Macbook Pro & Apple Aluminum keyboard in to the Apple Store & had a couple of geniuses check them out. Both are functioning perfectly. Neither guy could get the mac or keyboard to miss a stroke! One genius explained to me that, for some people, the new keyboards take some getting used to. They are designed for quiet use, & the touch is a bit different. I know what you're thinking, but I decided to give him a break and give it a try... If you press the keys instead of tapping or striking them, accuracy goes way up. I am going to try this out for a while.
     
  25. CaptainCaveMann macrumors 68000

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    My cousin has this issue really badly on a macbook. :(
     

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