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First key pressed doesn't come up..

1409 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Sep 10, 2009 9:50 AM by Michelasso RSS
seanbperiod Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jul 5, 2009 2:44 PM
Ever since I've had the Macbook, I have an issue where the first key pressed on the keyboard doesn't come up. This happens regardless if it has been just out of sleep, turned on, or been on for a while and the keyboard hasn't been used for a few minutes, with the power cable plugged in.

I'm wondering if the keyboard goes into a sleep mode? Does anyone else experience this or know how to remedy this?
Black Macbook 2Ghz 3GB, 320GB 7200, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • bdmarsha Level 4 Level 4 (2,585 points)
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    Jul 5, 2009 3:56 PM (in response to seanbperiod)
    As far as I know, there is no fix for this problem. I have had this symptom for a long time and no update seems to change the behavior. I think it is related to the keyboard going to standby mode to save power and then not recording the first one or two keystrokes.

    bd
    MacBook 2.16; MacPro 2.8, 23" Cinema HD, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • Gregory Mcintire Level 4 Level 4 (2,170 points)
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    Jul 5, 2009 6:28 PM (in response to seanbperiod)
    Will it do this in a new, unadulterated User Account?
    2GHz Macbook Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.4.10), 7200 RPM 200GB Hitachi drive
  • Pancenter Level 5 Level 5 (7,505 points)
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    Jul 5, 2009 10:25 PM (in response to bdmarsha)
    bdmarsha wrote:
    As far as I know, there is no fix for this problem. I have had this symptom for a long time and no update seems to change the behavior. I think it is related to the keyboard going to standby mode to save power and then not recording the first one or two keystrokes.

    bd


    The keyboards are internal USB and depending on the mainboard, year, make model, USB can be put to sleep in a powersaving mode and takes a second or two to wake up. Seems like the keyboard should be buffered though, doesn't it?

    However there's a secondary software problem in some applications. I loaded Safari on my PC, and it does the same thing, when I go to a website that requires a password I can type three or four characters (if not more) before Safari reacts, it's the only app on the PC that behaves like that, same on the G5, sluggish. Seems like poor programming, no reason a modern applcation or hardware should behave like this.

    pancenter-
    Power Mac G5 1.8GHz Dual, 4GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.5), RME Audio - MOTU MIDI, Mac (Logic 8.02), Intel/XP-Pro Quad Core PC
  • bdmarsha Level 4 Level 4 (2,585 points)
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    Jul 6, 2009 10:04 PM (in response to Pancenter)
    The problem I am referring to (and I think the OP is having) does not happen on any desktop PowerMac or iMac. It appears limited to certain models of Mac notebooks. I don't think it is a software problem, but it has been impossible for Apple to fix (so far).

    bd
    MacBook 2.16; MacPro 2.8, 23" Cinema HD, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • Jemster Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jul 17, 2009 1:51 PM (in response to bdmarsha)
    sigh I wish that were the case... My iMac (Intel core-duo, pre-core-2-duo!) suffers a very similar, if not identical, issue.

    It seems 9 times out of 10 when I'm asked for a password to login, it ignores the first keypress.
    If I click on a form in a web browser, more often than not it misses the first keypress.
    Basically anywhere that I click on to move the caret focus to seems to ignore the first keypress the majority of the time and it's become 2nd nature to watch everything.

    I WISH they would fix this issue, it's obviously been around for years and although it seems to affect MBPs more than any other Mac, it certainly is present on other models... after all, the iMacs keyboard is on USB too so it stands to reason that it would also suffer.

    Trying to find info on this issue online seems very hard, it mustn't affect everyone or there would be more reports. I am also positive it got worse when I moved from Tiger to Leopard which does indicate it is a software issue of some type ...
    20" iMac coreduo 2.0GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • bdmarsha Level 4 Level 4 (2,585 points)
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    Jul 18, 2009 7:54 AM (in response to Jemster)
    This may not be the same issue. If you have an early 2006 iMac there were firmware updates for both the iMac and the keyboard. Have you installed those?

    bd
    MacBook 2.16; MacPro 2.8, 23" Cinema HD, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • Michelasso Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
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    Sep 10, 2009 9:50 AM (in response to bdmarsha)
    The problem has been investigated by Apple. We even had a developer sending emails to me and others in another thread. Result? The problem is still there. Snow Leopard didn't fix it either. Actually I feel like it made it worse, since now even the mouse misses some clicks!!! I believe it has to do with USB kext. As far as I know, when I run Windows XP on bootcamp it works fine.
    MacBook 2 (Intel), Mac OS X (10.5.7), 2,5GB RAM

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