Shift key is pressed down all the time

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  1. Yizi macrumors regular

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    My right shift key has fallen off and the key is pressed and it won't release, so everytime i turn the macbook on it goes into safe mode. anyone know how to solve this issue? The warranty on the macbook is runout as well.

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  2. lewis82 macrumors 68000

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    Is there some debris (a piece of the plastic pins) left in the hole? Try to remove it. Maybe sucking it with a vacuum cleaner would do the job.

    If it doesn't work, I guess you would have to open it yourself... see ifixit.com for instructions on the disassembly. However, by looking at the instructions, I can see they don't provide the keyboard disassembly steps. Maybe it is glued to the body of the machine? What model is it, anyways?

    Or, the safe way, go see an authorized apple tech.
     
  3. Yizi thread starter macrumors regular

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    The problem is not the actual key, its the spongy part under it and for some reason its pressed down which it should be released. I check around for a new keyboard and none of them come with that part. Anyone got any idea, can't afford to take it to apple store as they charge mad, and if I can find the part I can change it.
     
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  5. MacTech68, Jun 23, 2010
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    You should be able to pop the rubber up just by gently flicking it sideways.

    If not, a dress-making pin might be able to "pick" it up. Don't force the pin all the way thru the rubber.

    A pic might help.

    EDIT: that piece of rubber is actually part of a full sheet that covers the entire area of the keyboard so replacing just that piece isn't really possible.

    EDIT 2: You should be seeing something like this
     
  6. Yizi thread starter macrumors regular

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    I think what you saying is correct, the rubber is part of the sheet but does the sheet not come with the keyboard?

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250639378329&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT
     
  7. MacTech68, Jun 23, 2010
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    Yes, it's part of the full assembly.

    From the bottom, you get a former (usually thin aluminum). Then a thin plastic sheet with silver tracks on the top. Next a thin plastic sheet with holes for each key. Then another thin plastic sheet with silver tracks on the underside. Above that is your rubber sheet with the nodules that spring up, then another thin aluminum sheet (or plastic) which gives the key caps something to snap onto.

    Phew...

    Just make sure you get the correct keyboard as Apple often changes the position of the keyboard connecting cable.

    EDIT:
    the 2.0Ghz MacBook 13" Late 2008 is a non-backlit keyboard
    the 2.4Ghz MacBook 13" Late 2008 is a BACKLIT keyboard

    The URL you provided on eBay confuses the matter by using "MacBook Pro" in the title but says "MacBook" in the description.
     
  8. Yizi thread starter macrumors regular

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    That was the best answer i have got in a while, perfect, i will have to look into it before purchasing it. here is a picture if your still curious what has gone:
     

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  9. MacTech68, Jun 23, 2010
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    Funny, but that looks ok to me. :eek:
     
  10. Yizi thread starter macrumors regular

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    I know I fix computers all the time and never had this before, anyway will get the new keyboard and let you guys know, but I have to do my deep examination to see why is that.
     
  11. Yizi thread starter macrumors regular

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    Is there anyway to just disable the shift key?
     
  12. MacTech68, Jun 23, 2010
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    Remove the keyboard ? :eek: :D

    But seriously, to disable it in EFI isn't possible AFAIK.

    All jokes aside, you could disconnect the keyboard cable and use a USB keyboard temporarily. Unless the power button is connected via the keyboard.

    EDIT: which it seems it is. :(

    EDIT2: The only other option (other than replacing the keyboard) would be to slide a small piece of paper between the top-most and bottom-most thin sheets of plastic that have the tracks on them. You may need a sharp point to separate the 3 plastic sheets initially. If you can physically separate the contact area directly beneath the round, raised button then they should permanently break contact.

    DO NOT cut the plastic sheet thru a silver track or other keys could become disabled.
     
  13. Yizi thread starter macrumors regular

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    Had a go with paper and no success :(
     
  14. ptsube macrumors 6502

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    Have you tried turning on the sticky keys function? Read here.
     
  15. Yizi thread starter macrumors regular

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    What is that got to do with it? I tried nothing worked.
     
  16. MacTech68, Jun 24, 2010
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    I DO hope that was a joke. :rolleyes:
     
  17. Yizi thread starter macrumors regular

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    Finally changed the whole keyboard and everything works fine
     
  18. MacTech68, Jul 2, 2010
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    Ahh... so the problem has been shifted then? :rolleyes:

    :)

    Pleased to see it's all working. Did you do the replacement yourself?
     
  19. Yizi thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes defo was the shift, yes done all the replacement myself, it was very straight forward, you should try doing the same with HP laptop, it will take you years haha
     
  20. MacTech68, Jul 2, 2010
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    Heh.. try a 12" Powerbook Optical drive or DC In socket. :eek:

    And yes, I've done several optical drives on those. :(
     
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    Oh god, nightmare
     

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