Currently Being ModeratedApr 4, 2012 12:09 PM (in response to athst)
Do they work if you hold down the Fn key while pressing the F1, etc. keys?
If they do, go to System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard and uncheck the item "Use all F1, F2, etc. keys as standard function keys".
Currently Being ModeratedApr 17, 2012 10:07 PM (in response to athst)
I'm havin the exact same problem. Seemed to start (shockingly!) with the last OSX update that included the Flashback Java fix in mid-March.
Unfortunately, I don't think you'll find getting a new keyboard helps. I have 3 different Apple Aluminum Wireless Keyboards. I have connected all of them, sequentially, to my iMac 27".
All have the exact problem. And none of them have similar problems when I connect them to my MacBook Pro.
And on all of them...the function keys magically swapped to various random roles. The volume key now displays the dashboard widgets, for example.
So, no...it's not just you. If you look at the forums, you will see lots of people with this problem.
And of course, Apple manages to remain silent.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 19, 2012 2:42 AM (in response to IkeMcfadden)
Thanks - changing the keyboard didn't help me either. My problems started with the recent updates also. When I originally posted I searched the forums and couldn't find anything recent, so it's good to have some confirmation that it's not just me.
Let's hope a fix is coming soon.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 26, 2012 8:16 AM (in response to iMac2009 c)
Same exact problem here... my volume keys haven't worked for several months -- and now none of the top row keys work (some used to).. I can't quite narrow it down to a certain update, but that makes sense to me..
I'm getting ready to call Apple Care -- I can't deal with it anymore.. but after reading these posts, I'm guessing they won't have an answer for me??
Currently Being ModeratedJul 11, 2012 2:24 AM (in response to athst)
i had the same problem. i had another media program working in the backround (spotify). once i closed that program the buttons worked. try closing your other media programs one by one and try the buttons again. Hope this helps ^_^
Currently Being ModeratedJan 2, 2014 2:31 PM (in response to athst)
I was havinga similar problem where the F keys were doing crazy things. F12 was moving all the windows off the screen and displaying the desktop, F11 was showing the widgets panel.
I found the problem by going to system preferences/ keyboard/ and unchecking
"Use all F1,F2, etc. keys as standard function keys".
Probably a simple solution unrelated to others problems but is what brought me to this page and thought it may help others.