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Leopard - Keyboard Freeze?

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  • inco9nito Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 8, 2008 9:01 PM (in response to Raul Kaidro)
    Add me to this motley crew. I am an attorney, and these freezes kill me in the middle of a client call, or a hearing.

    Please Apple, this is quite less than we expect.
    MacBook 2.0, Mac OS X (10.4.6)
  • gtcaz Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jan 9, 2008 11:02 AM (in response to inco9nito)
    I'm also an attorney, but that's beside the point. I love my PowerBook, but it's sad when I can't type on it or use the trackpad. It happens on resume from sleep and requires a complete power off to fix, not just reboot. If I don't have a USB keyboard to plug in (or at least a USB mouse), I have to hold down the power button and lose whatever I'm working on. (Also, this can't be good for the file system.)

    Also, the problem seems to be getting worse. Once a day for the last few days.

    I'm sure this'll get fixed. I just hope it's sooner rather than later. If any Apple engineer needs some extra caffeine to work through this, I'll be happy to come over and bring the cappuccinos. Thanks.
    Alu iMac 24" / PB G4 1.67 17", Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • Raul Kaidro Calculating status...
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    Jan 10, 2008 8:13 AM (in response to Raul Kaidro)
    Although I've discovered that if you don't let your Leopard to sleep, the keyboard stays functional. So after each restart you will have to keep the lid open and change the power settings.

    In a way I have discovered to operate my Macbook while the keyboard and the trackpad is frozen. I have an utility called RemoteBuddy which has a feature called AJAX Remote which allows me to operate the system via iPhone. So I can shut the machine down or restart her in more humanistic way.

    So now I have a Macintosh laptop which I have to shut down and restart every time I stop and start using it. This doesn't sound too cool. Love starts to run out. Do I really have to switch back to Tiger?
    MacBook3,1, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • inco9nito Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 10, 2008 3:44 PM (in response to gtcaz)
    gtcaz is right: I also have to press and hold the power button. I can't imagine what this is doing to my hard drive on a thrice-daily basis. I don't lose trackpad ability, but the system will not shut down or reboot, hence, the hard-boot.
    MacBook 2.0, Mac OS X (10.4.6)
  • Sherlea Calculating status...
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    Jan 11, 2008 2:55 PM (in response to Macishman2)
    Having keyboard freeze issues on MBP, MB, PBG4 and a Mac mini, all with OS 10.5.1. Issues are the same using the laptop keyboards, Apple wireless keyboard, Apple USB keyboard or Logitech USB keyboard--have been mixing/matching trying to find a combination that works. Most of our time is spent in Entourage or FileMaker 9.0v3. Keyboard freezes are rampant in Entourage, not in FM. Have repaired disk permissions, reset PRAM.

    Have also had more 'unexpectedly quit' messages than I've experienced in years (I've been on Mac since 1986) as well as repeated 'dark screen, must restart' messages. Apple, it's really slowing down my productivity. Hoping for a solution soon...
    MacBook Pro, MacBook, PowerBook, iBook, miniMac, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • mcvaughan Calculating status...
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    Jan 13, 2008 9:01 AM (in response to Sherlea)
    The keyboard fix worked for me, but this morning I tried to resurrect my MBP from sleep and had no keyboard or trackpad. I guess this is what people are talking about when they say "it ain't fixed."
    Macbook Pro, iPhone, various iPods, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • Walt Basil Calculating status...
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    Jan 17, 2008 4:50 PM (in response to mapexvenus)
    I have found a temporary solution for me. Gets me back on track. See if this helps anyone else. This is on my last gen PowerBook, latest Leopard, Apple wireless mouse and Apple wireless keyboard.

    1. Summon spotlight (Apple-Space).

    2. Type in "Bluetooth" in spotlight field (I still have my laptop keyboard responding, just no bluetooth wireless keyboard or mouse).

    3. Wait for Bluetooth of the System Preferences to show up. Scroll down to it and press enter.

    System prefs will attempt to load it, and it takes a couple minutes. Once it has loaded, wait a couple more minutes... you will then see the "lost connection" symbols and then they come back and I can once again type in my wireless keyboard and use my mouse.

    Does this help anyone else?
    PowerBook 15" 1.67 MHz 1GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.4.10), iPhone 8GB 1.0.2
  • EB08 Calculating status...
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    Jan 29, 2008 6:16 PM (in response to Matt95)
    Ok, so my problem is identical to "newonethree" posted above; it's Jan 29 2008 as I write this - is there a fix?

    My mac mini works fine except for Excel 2004, in which the keyboard will lock and sometimes even kick the machine into a login screen. My iMac will not replicate the problem, and switching keyboard& mouse makes no difference. (Both machines run leopard 10.5.1, all updates.)

    The problem must be in the mini hardware, or in the software. Since it occurs in only Excel, and only on the mini, it seems to be both...

    So I ask, I plead, IS THERE A FIX FOR THIS?

    Thanks.
    iMac (Aluminum 07), Mini (Intel 07), Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • Sherlea Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 29, 2008 6:27 PM (in response to EB08)
    I don't think the problem is isolated to the mini... While it happens daily on my mini, I also experience it daily on my MacBook Pro, but...only in Microsoft Office programs. Maybe that's the common denominator.
    MacBook Pro, MacBook, PowerBook, iBook, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • Buizerd Calculating status...
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    Feb 7, 2008 9:29 AM (in response to mapexvenus)
    I think my problem is finally solved. Since I upgraded MS Office 2004 to 2008, I haven't experienced a single resume problem anymore.

    Strange huh? Finally got rid of Windows and those f&%ckers in Redmond still managed to scr&w op my computer...
    MacBook Pro, iPod II, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • alban Read Calculating status...
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    Apr 8, 2008 3:06 PM (in response to mapexvenus)
    My keyboard froze ten minutes ago.
    It does this less now I have removed all USB devices bar Apple Keyboard and mouse, no loss since USB no longer really works in Leopard on my G5 Powermac.
    I see that someone else got a refund, I will be calling Apple refunds tomorrow.
    Leopard is useless for me.
    g5 power mac 1.6ghz, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
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