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jowitch2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi all


I have tried to use my Macbook Pro this morning and when I type its typing the wrong letters

and symbols...................can anyone help?





  • iVmichael Level 6 Level 6 (13,725 points)

    Open System Preferences/Language & Text and set the first item to the Language you require.


  • itim101 Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)



    Please check that your keyboard it set to type in your desired keyboard language and layout.

    To do this go to System Preferences > Language & Text > Input Sources > And tick or untick the languages and keyboard layout you require.


    Or you could click the little country flag beside the time in the top menu.




  • jowitch2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Tried it ..............still the same   thanks tho x

  • jowitch2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Tried this too .........still not working Thanks



  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (75,710 points)

    What do you get when you type asdfg?  If it is åß∂ƒ© that indicates the Alt/option key is somehow always down.

  • hyer Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I just spent hour trying to fix tihs on my iMac and could find the answer so I wanted to post it for someone else. Mine was typing in crazy symbols (åß∂ƒ©).


    Also I could not Command + Tab (shoot me), and when I clicked on a window in another app it hid the windows I was working in.


    I tried new keyboards. And the system preferences stuff - system preferences - language & text - input sources. then select US. This didn't fix it.


    Then I tried to change the keyboard shortcuts in the same window - spotlight (on left), unclick the show spotlight search field and the other one bellow. Then hit the com + Spacebar. This didn't fix it.


    Then i did it and double check that i did it right and still didn't fix it.


    So I called apple support and they gave me the magical key to fix this.


    Turn off your computer. Unplug for 30 sec, and everything attached. Then power it back on and hurry and hold Command + Option + P + R. I held Command + Option + P with one hand and then after I hit power I added the R.


    The computer will make one chime. Keep holding it. I will then shut down and make one more chime and you can let go.


    Taa daa!!


    I have a 27" iMac 2.93Ghz i7 with 10.8.2 (FYI).

  • Aamitx Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I also started facing the same problem last week and tried all options still not working for me. Worst part is the numbers are also not typing so a cannot enter my wi fi password.

  • Aamitx Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Did you get a fix

  • Pevan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi guys, I had the same problem and I solved it applying a tuner and contact dry cleaner spray over the keyboard. It seemed that there was a malfunction because of dust or dirt on some keys.


    I hope this helps you, it took me a lot of time to guess it and I haven't find this usefull tip anywere. PLese Apple guys take note!!

  • ludilo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Tried this suggestion, but same problem! Common Apple support, give us some suggestion what to try to solve it! To reinstall OS, or whatever!? Even i can't reinstall OS, cause can't enter apple id, when it asks for apple id!

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (75,710 points)

    ludilo wrote:


    Common Apple support


    These are user/user help forums, so you are not going to get any advice from Apple here.


    Have you tried a separate usb or wireless keyboard?  If it works, you need to have your internal keyboard repaired or replaced, there isn't any software fix.

  • ludilo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I know that Tom, but at all Apple Support need to post artice about this specific case, and to publish it and make it accesible to all of us, not all of us live in USA to be able call Apple support, cause in my case, Apple support in my country is horrible, immediately when i contacted them they asked only for money, didn't try to suggest me some alternative solution, than replacing keyboard, even it's too expensive!


    No suggestion, like hyer get from Apple support for combination keys for some reset, etc. , so i speak about this type of support, for publising some "tricks, magic keys combinations" etc. that other people can find them on Apple support page, if google didn't find this page, i'll never find about that trick with keys.


    I don't have usb or wireless KB, it's bad if i have to buy usb or wireless kb for testing this problem, i'll try to find some at my friends maybe...


    I'll test it, and post here results, i doubt it's damaged Keyboard, cause it's just replaced, and it's new, its something like alt button is constantly down, and when i type letters it write some strange characters, when i selected virtual kb on screen, these strange characters are marked with orange color, something like to show us, that these symbols are in use... Hope someone will suggest something different to try, in meantime will try to find usb or wireless kb.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (75,710 points)

    ludilo wrote:


    in meantime will try to find usb or wireless kb.


    Surely you can find a usb keyboard to borrow for a few minutes somewhere, it doesn't have to be an Apple keyboard.


    If it works OK, it is really pointless to be searching for some magic software fix,  you have a hardware problem you have to deal with whether you like what it costs or not.

  • ludilo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    It's not easy always to find usb kb or wireless, most of people with PC use ps/2 keyboards, and not all have wireless, i know that doesn't have to be an Apple kb, but like i said, it's not always to find 1 of that 2 keyboards, another reason that most of people us laptops, desktop machines era is past...


    Nobody can be 100% sure what's problem, until test it, so software testing isn't pointeless, in meantime until we find hardware for testing, we always check all software options to try fix it, it's logic! I know that's, it's not so helpful, when keyboard costs too much, you sound like someone who works for Apple, cause most of answers by Apple support is like your, useless, and just talking like "you'll have to buy new one", it's the easiest way for support someone, but that's horrible support! Generally can say, Apple support is BIG ZERO! Always just want money, but when need to help, no help!

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