Wireless keyboard won't turn on after changing batteries

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  1. macgrl macrumors 65816

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    Hello all,

    I have an apple aluminium wireless keyboard. All was working well until I replaced the batteries. I normally use rechargable ones and so took them out, charged them and replaced them. Now it just won't turn on. I push the button and nothing, no green lights etc.

    I thought it might be the batteries so I bought some energizer ones and still no joy. I have checked and double checked that they go in the rights way and that they are seated correctly and the cap goes back on properly but nothing.

    It is about 2 year old I guess. Is it dead?
     
  2. fhall1 macrumors 68040

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    If you've verified the batteries are good and in their proper orientation and it still doesn't work, call Apple, they might hook you up with a new KB.
     
  3. SpaceKitty macrumors 68040

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    I have the old three battery keyboard and this happens once in a while. I usually have to bang it lightly on the carpeted floor to get it to turn on. It's happened two or three times since 2008.
     
  4. oldiklordik macrumors newbie

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    Same story,my keyboard simply stopped working,after 4 days trying to pair it again I ordered new keyboard.After another 3 days of trying to CONNECT the new one (it is recognised on bluetooth but will not connect) I have to use one of keyboards from my 3 Windows computers and am back in the same situation as with the original keyboard.I wish I have never started with MAC.
    Running 10.6 Leopard,will help changing to Lion?
     
  5. macgrl thread starter macrumors 65816

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    It's bizarre but I got it to work again by dropping a small ball of aluminum foil into the battery compartment. Works fine now :)
     
  6. Michaelniwot macrumors newbie

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    Brilliant. I banged mine, dropped it gently on the carpet, nothing would make it work. Tried the aluminum foil and bingo.

    Thanks a lot.
     
  7. macgrl thread starter macrumors 65816

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  8. piratedbooty macrumors newbie

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    Wireless keyboard won't turn on after changing batteries

    I created a MacRumors account just to say thank you for the aluminum foil trick(i've lurked the forums before for help etc). My mothers keyboard wouldn't turn on and your solution worked.

    Thanks!
     
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  10. Racer162 macrumors newbie

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    Ball of foil?

    My question is did you put a small ball of foil in and the batteries together?
     
  11. DragonJade macrumors 6502

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    That would be a yes. The batteries aren't making contact with the, ahem, contacts. That's where the foil comes in.
     
  12. Racer162 macrumors newbie

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    Sweet, I'll try that when I get home tonight,
     
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  14. Racer162 macrumors newbie

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    Indeed

    Much to my surprise, the aluminum foil worked.
    Nice little trick. Thanks
     
  15. DragonJade macrumors 6502

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    Good to hear. Looks like Apple need to do a redesign if they haven't already.
     
  16. macgrl thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Hi

    So happy that it worked for you ! No need to buy a new keyboard :).

    Yes, aluminium ball first followed by the batteries. Works a treat :)
     
  17. Racer162 macrumors newbie

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    Actually it worked for a grand total of 24 hours and then the ball of foil trick failed
     
  18. macgrl thread starter macrumors 65816

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    That's a pity. Mine is still going 18 months later. Maybe try again with another piece of foil?
     
  19. cur100111 macrumors newbie

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    This worked for me too, thank you!
    Made a ball about 2mm in diameter and squished it down with the battery.
     
  20. napili macrumors newbie

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    Using the Foil Worked

    Wireless mouse keyboard was not turning on. Saw your thread about the foil, and waaahhhlaahh! It worked like a charm. A tiny ball of foil but in before the batteries! Who would have known! Now my keyboard is working great! Thank you!
     
  21. bhowell23 macrumors newbie

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    Wireless keyboard won't turn on after changing batteries

    Gadzooks, the aluminum foil trick worked for me. I don't know how you thought of that, macgrl, but you get a gold (aluminum) star. Thank you!
     
  22. Penfold65 macrumors newbie

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    Wow!! It works

    Having spent a frustrating afternoon trying to get my Apple keyboard to work and failing, I looked on the forums and several said they had rung Apple as they had AppleCare and they were sent a new keyboard. I must have got the Friday afternoon operator who spent 20 minutes getting me to try the batteries the correct way round as per the diagram on the back of the keyboard and then the other way round "Just in case"! WHAT?? then she suggested I take it to my nearest retail store, 60 miles away. I read a little further in the forum and saw several people had tries the 'Ball of foil' method and I thought "Yeah right". But it works, I couldn't believe, but it does, fabulous. Thanks guys, I have my keyboard back. :)
     
  23. ldnpub macrumors newbie

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    Thanks

    I created a MacRumors account just to say thank you for the aluminum foil trick (me too :D)
    So thanks again macgrl you're an :apple: keyboard wizard ;)
     
  24. chris-jenkins macrumors newbie

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    Lol that made me laugh. When mines does this I usually resort to just frantically pressing the button on the side till it turns on!
     
  25. macgrl thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thank you very much. I'm glad it helped you out :)
     

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