14 Replies Latest reply: Apr 18, 2008 10:10 AM by bonnober
kenyld Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I have a consistant problem on my new MacBook dropping the first or first couple typed characters. My G4 never had this problem. Is it a cheap keyboard, slow processor? Any advice?

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • JimUrban Level 4 Level 4 (2,590 points)
    The quality of the MacBook keyboard is quite good.

    If you have an actual problem,whining won't solve it.Call AppleCare.
  • kenyld Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Whining? Where do you get that? I'm asking a legit question in a legit forum-geek jerk! Does anyone have something useful to say? As to the quality of the keyboard, it is not half the quality or sensitivity of my titanium's keyboard.
  • MBHockey Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
    What a jerk, indeed.

    I like the MacBook keyboard, but it is nowhere near as good as the Titanium PowerBook's. Regardless, what you are describing is not normal. You should call up Apple or bring it into a store if it is easily reproducible to show them on the spot.

    Good luck
  • First Magus Level 6 Level 6 (15,850 points)
    I think it just the nature of the beast. It takes a little getting used to. I had the same problem at first but now I have adapted to the feel of the keyboard. I now prefer this keyboard over any others including my old powerbook. Who's keyboard I really liked. But if you are concerned I agree you should take it in and let them look at it.

  • kenyld Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for the feedback. It sounds like I'm not alone in noticing the difference between keyboards.
  • zephiro Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    As French Mac user, I'm a part of a group of persons that encounter the same problem.
    see french forum : http://forum.macbidouille.com/index.php?showtopic=240302&st=30&gopid=2428615&#en try2428615
    My problem appear on a MacBook Pro 2,4 Ghz / 15,4" / 2 Go RAM I just bought last Week with Leopard. Is it a hardware or system problem ?This is very annoying and I'm bout to send it back to Apple Care.
  • Richard3030 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    Hi, I don't have a solution for that, but just wanted to add myself to be part of the statistics. It's really annoying that my MBP constantly misses the first key I type after some pause. This is especially frustrating when typing a password since you can't see what you're typing.

  • faroukbax Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I did not necessarily have the issue with the first keystroke, but a more extensive problem. Keyboard strokes were not being recognized whether it was individual keys, return key, space bar or cap lock. I was unable to type a single line without three or four errors. The "Genius" and Apple Care said I had a software compatibility problem specifically mentioning Office X which I was using with Leopard, so I went out and bought Office 2008 which made absolutely NO difference. This time AppleCare said I had a defective keyboard and I should send the MacBook in for repairs. Since the MacBook was not even a month old I asked for a replacement, and got a new MacBook. I still find an occasional missed keystroke, but nothing like before. I am watching it closely. I wonder if other users have experienced this keyboard problem? I just don't like the feel of the keyboard which is so different from my previous iBook.
  • Klaus R. Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I've bought a near-standard MacBook one and a half week ago and find myself testing an OS ?! Since, clearly, this slow keyboard response is due to a somewhat and somewhere faulty OS.
    What are we doing here, folks ? Testing banana software ? I am allowed to expect some at least reasonably working base software components when buying those hailed Apple gadgets, am I ?

    This week an update regarding this slow keyboard response was offered for download and I accepted it. Nothing has changed since, keyboard response is slow, sometimes whole words jump into existence I've typed in three seconds before. This holds likewise with Text Editor and with MacOffice 2004 !
    A machine like this is i-m-p-o-s-s-i-b-l-e to use and a nuisance. If the problem holds on, I will have to return this piece of failure to the dealer.
  • Richard3030 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    OK, guys. Apple just issued a keyboard firmware update and it should address this issue. At least that's what the Software Update... said it should address.

  • Peter Brooks5 Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
    Check out the recent keyboard firmware update from Apple. I just installed it, and my Macbook feels completely different. It has exhibited a "sticky" cursor from day one. Always had to be rubbing the trackpad trying to get the cursor to move after doing something like a drag & drop. Now it feels like my old G4. Very responsive. It took Apple long enough to address this problem, but it looks like they have finally solved it. It may hep your problem.
  • bonnober Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I too am experiencing the slow keyboard problem. Also very slow clicking response. I thought this machine would scream, but it is quite dodgy.Navigating around is slow.
  • Andrew Selig Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    I have the update and I still have this problem from time to time. It seems when I just surf for a long time with my BT mouse the first 3-5 are missed. This still happening to anyone else?
  • bonnober Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Yes! I have the firmware updated but the keyboard is still hard to work with. I finally brought my IMac home because this machine seems so slow and sticky.