some keyboard keys not working - can't log in

Discussion in 'macOS' started by mamajt, Jul 6, 2010.

  1. mamajt macrumors newbie

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    keys 4,r,f,v of my MBP 15,4 stopped working (i copied and pasted them into this post)
    My password contains 2 of these letters and so I cannot log in.
    I cannot copy and paste them because the v key is not working.
    I cannot change my admin password because my installation cds got lost.
    I have no external keyboard. What to do?
     
  2. kostia macrumors regular

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    #2
    Can you copy and paste with the mouse (select and right click)?

    You can get an external keyboard really cheap, any USB keyboard will work.
     
  3. kostia macrumors regular

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    Also, Apple will sell you replacement install CDs for a small fee once you get to that point.
     
  4. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    #4
    Right now, an external USB keyboard is pretty much your only option ...
     
  5. mamajt thread starter macrumors newbie

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    How I handled this problem:
    1. log in into your guest account
    2. turn on on-screen keyboard (system preferences -> international -> input menu -> keyboard viewer
    3. change your admin password in system preferences -> accounts
    4. log in with your new password and keep using on scren keyboard
     

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