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powerbook keyboard issues

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Jun 14, 2013 6:25 PM

Im having a lot of problems with my keys; the keys go strange and only show the Alternative keyboard. (you know, the ones with greek letters Alpha and Omega signs). So I removed the Alt/option and Command keys, cleaned the scissors and reseated the keys. But that fix only lasts a few seconds/minutes, then it goes back to the alternative keyboard. Just lifting the key cap a few millimetres with your nails also seems to fix the caps momentarily.


I also had some strange sounds (drum beat) which were fixed by cleaning and playing with the F3,F4 and F5 keys.

A few weeks ago, I couldnt type ANY keys in to a simple search on spotlight or use Text edit, but you could use the trackpad to navigate. I fixed this by removing the A and S caps, cleaning the scissors, and resseating the caps.


Given that I have had nothing but trouble after purchasing this used Powerbook 1.67g a few months ago, Im wondering if I have some hardware issues?


I guess I could remove all keys and clean with compressed air, but as Im only getting a fix for a few seconds/minutes, I suspect there is another cause.

On startup, there is now a purple grey screen, with a 'round arrow' a 'hard drive symbol' and a 'right arrow' !! If i press the right arrow, it starts up.


Running 10.5.8, and did a clean install 3 mths ago. No issues for a few weeks, but then the keys issues got progressively worse. No software added except Firefox. Ive reset the PRAM and running Disck Utility several times. I only have the Leopard Upgrade disk, so I dont think I can do diagnostics with a upgrade disk?




  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,845 points)
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    Jun 15, 2013 2:50 AM (in response to Andrewk4)

    I doubt that your issues have anything to do with software.  Try using a usb or wireless keyboard instead.  If it works, you need to get your internal keyboard repaired or replaced by an Apple service facility.


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