p key randomly stopped working

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  1. pjk macrumors member

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    my computer was asleep and when I opened it to put my password in, it kept failing. I noticed the p key didn't work. So I shut down, restarted and same thing. Then I took the key off and cleaned under it. Still nothing. I tried resetting the pram, but since p doesn't work, I couldn't. No idea how or why this is happening. Any ideas on how I can solve this issue? The p key is the only key that doesn't work. Many thanks for your time.
     
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  4. pjk thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the ideas. Obviously getting it replaced is the last option. Aside from using another keyboard, any other trouble shooting ideas? Thanks
     
  5. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    It sounds like the actual switch on the keyboard is shot. Short of breaking out the soldering iron and replacing it, there isn't a lot you can do.
     
  6. pjk thread starter macrumors member

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    How can I verify this is the case? Thanks
     
  7. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Well, since it doesn't work when you're trying to reset your PRAM, that tells me the issue isn't software. I've had keys go bad before, usually the result of a spill but not always, and the keyboard simply had to be replaced.
     
  8. pjk thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks. What should I expect to pay for a replacement? Cheers
     
  9. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    I just looked up the keyboard for my mid 2009 13" MBP on ifixit, and they're asking $299 for the keyboard and top case(apparently they're one part on my model).

    Anyway, without knowing which model you have and what your options are, I don't really know how much it's going to cost. If I were you, I'd contact Apple and see if they can give you a quote. Also, you could check with any Apple authorized service centers near you. It's possible that they could give you a better price.
     
  10. pjk thread starter macrumors member

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    Cheers. I have a MacBook pro 15" from 2007. Works excellent. This is the first problem ever, and it came at a terrible time as I'm traveling SEA. I'll try an external keyboard until I can go to the store. Thanks again for your time.
     
  11. pjk thread starter macrumors member

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    I took it to an apple support reseller and they said they no longer stock keyboards for that model. What a shame. This laptop has worked amazing for 6 years, and to have to stop using it because one letter on the keyboard not working is a shame.

    Time to upgrade I suppose.
     

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