9 Replies Latest reply: Nov 3, 2009 6:56 AM by tonicaek1
tonicaek1 Level 1 (0 points)
I'm currently using my MBP in place of a desktop at the moment, having it clamshell hooked up to a 23" Cinema Display with an alu wireless keyboard..

All of a sudden, when typing something in, it comes up as symbols on the screen. I've checked the ctrl and alt buttons, no sticking. I then found that the same thing happens when typing on the MBP's own keyboard, therefore it's the system playing silly buggers with me.

I've had a browse about on here and Google for any answers only to find others with the same issue haven't been granted a result.

Can anyone help - I'm in the process of selling my MacBook and really need the MBP for work..!

Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • CMCSK Level 6 (10,712 points)
    I've checked the ctrl and alt buttons, no sticking.

    How about the command (Apple), option & ctrl (control) keys?
  • tonicaek1 Level 1 (0 points)
    All fine - there's nothing wrong with either of the keyboards.
  • CMCSK Level 6 (10,712 points)
    Check your font settings in Font Book? Which application are the symbols appearing?
  • tonicaek1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Nothing I do in FontBook has solved it.
    It's not happening with one specific application, it's the whole system.
  • CMCSK Level 6 (10,712 points)
    Try using this free utility called FontNuke.
  • tonicaek1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Using that requires use of the admin password - I can't type anything.
    Do appreciate the suggestion though!
  • CMCSK Level 6 (10,712 points)
    Let's try the Font Book again then.

    Check for duplicate fonts.
    Applications>Font Book
    Select “All Fonts”
    If you see any “black dots” next to any fonts this mean you have duplicates and/or multiple versions of these fonts.

    To clean this up, select a “black dotted” font or the Apple + click to select multiple dotted fonts;
    What the above does is turns off the duplicates & multiple version fonts. Not delete them.
    More than likely the “extras” were installed by other programs and/or other users.

    *Font book can examine your fonts for problems.*

    Applications>Font Book
    Select your main main font library.
    Then go to:
    Edit>Validate Fonts

    After selecting the above, any problematic/corrupted fonts will appear with a check mark, a yellow exclamation point or a red X icon.
    Check the box for any font you want to remove and click Remove Checked.

    Errors & warnings can be hard to find in the master list. Use the pull-down menu to find them. It's much easier this way anyways.

    After doing all of the above you may want to boot from your install disc & run Repair Disk from the utility menu. To use the Install Mac OS X disc, insert the disc, and restart your computer while holding down the C key as it starts up.
    Select your language.
    Once on the desktop, select Utility in the menu bar.
    Select Disk Utility.

    Select the disk or volume in the list of disks and volumes, and then click First Aid.
    Click Repair Disk.
    Restart your computer when done.

    Repair permissions after you reach the desktop-http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=25751
  • tonicaek1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Followed up to booting from install disc (I've a copy of Snow Leopard on it's way - don't want to waste time!) And it hasn't seemed to solve the issue.
    The system is fine when you start it up, but half hour into using it the issue arises. I left it running overnight, at that time it was fine, but woke this morning to find it had started playing up again. The peculiar thing is that five minutes ago it snapped out of it and is back to normal again.
    I'm just completely baffled.
  • tonicaek1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Took the last resort. Backed everything up, ran disc repair from the install disc, erased the entire HDD contents and re-installed the OS.
    Seems to be fine now! Haha!
    Thanks for your help.