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Some keys stopped working on Apple Wired Keyboard

Hey guys!

Can anyone help?

I have an Apple Wired USB Keyboard since 2013 and yesterday some keys stopped to work.

I didnt pay much attention, thought it was a momentary USB glitch, replugged it, and it seemed to help.

But today the trouble returned.

Keys "8", "I", "K", and "," are not working. As you can notice, they're all in a straight line. So it feels like some contact line is dead/malfunctioning.

No, I didnt spill any liquid. Its perfectly dry.

Googled it. Many users report the same problem here and there, but not the real remedy.

Apple's answers are as useless as they should be, deemed to housewives, a la "Check if your house has electricity". :)

If you can give a tech-savvy advice, please do.

PS: If you're going to say "Go buy a new one" - thank you in advance. :)

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I'm having the same problem. I know it's not hardware because I can pair with another device and it works fine. This means is software/settings for the device. I can't figure out what settings to change though. Still searching for an answer.

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sam issue> som kys no w0rking lol. Mayor's answer is 4 a wireless. ..no help.

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I did a teardown (literally) on the wireless one as you can see here:

Apple Wireless Keyboard (A1255) Teardown

Due to the way it's constructed and glued together I saw no way to repair it. So I popped the keys for replacements . They go out and I have never found a way to fix them. P>S> I bought five new ones just this week : https://www.ebay.com/itm/Apple-A1243-MB1...

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Mmmmm.... I rinsed it in ethanol and let to dry for 3 days under the sun.

Now it's *completely* dead.

Don't know who have came up with the wild idea of washing a keyboard in any liquid :)

Similarly, I have no idea what could have short-circuited or rusted inside.

Weird...

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I have a similar issue with the same keys on an Apple aluminum keyboard, with the numeral pad on the right side. It is wired.

But my issue also includes four keys on the opposite side of the keyboard, 2, w, s, and x. When I type a letter on either side, the letter in the same row on the other side types with it, as in:

wi

sk

x,

28

I have been unable to get it to stop typing two letters when I type one of those keys. But all the other keys on the keyboard work fine.

I have tried a NVRAM reset, and SMC reset, used a USB extension cord, and yes, used 99% electronics alcohol to see if it will do something to clean something and solve the problem — taking the key top off and putting a small amount of the alcohol on the board there and swishing it around. And then shaking it out gentle and turning it upside down, letting that dry for a week or more.

Oddly, it will work for maybe a minute when I first plug in, whether I have cleaned it with the alcohol first or not, as long as it has been unplugged long enough. But after that minute, or once for a few minutes, back to double letters. So, it will work right, it just won’t continue to work right. It so maddening, seeing that it will actually work right for a short time.

I got a second of the same keyboards off eBay. It worked great for about two months. Then out of nowhere, the 2, w, s, and x keys — same ones as four of those on the first keyboard — just stopped working at all, they will not type no matter what I do, all the same things I tried with the other keyboard.

And yes, I looked all into the breakdown of the keyboard — that cannot be done and put back together other than I guess at the factory if even there.

So, sorry, I have no ideas to offer — just another plea for ideas. These things cost WAY too much to just stop working like this, and no solution other than buy a new one! Gee, I have some other keyboards around that are 20+ years old and still work fine, but not the hyper-expensive Apple keyboard.

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Well, John Wallace, you don’t have the wired aluminum keyboard, as as I do. No batteries in the wired one, so I can’t try that one. :( And I have already waited three months, after doing the things I listed in my post.

I note, as for batteries, as in the power, I have been using it on a USB 3 port, which has notably more power than USB 2.

I have found entirely too many people online with this same issue — there must be something wrong with the construction/engineering of the aluminum keyboard — but Apple will never admit it, they’ll just sell you another one.

They are beautiful keyboards, nice to work on — just expensive “cheap junk” if they are not made well.

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I have the same issue, although with other keys. I've tried all that I found on the internet: reset PRAM, reinstalled the mac os x, made a downgrade to lion, tried another keyboard, changed the batteries, even reseted the imac to factory settings, but nothing worked for more than some minutes. I know it's not a problem with the physical keyborad because i've tested the keyboard on another imac. Don't know what to do anymore.

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I had the same issue with my Apple wireless keyboard. I had two keys not working. Tried all sorts but nothing worked, so I put it back in its box. Three months later I took it out, put new batteries in and it’s worked perfectly ever since. I’m writing this message on it now. Worth a try when all else fails!

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I just fixed a wireless keyboard with many non functioning keys. It had had a problem with leaking batteries, which I had cleaned up as best I could.

When the keys misbehaved, I opened up the little plastic hatch in the back to see if anything was obviously wrong. It all looked fine, so I pulled (very delicately!) the ribbon cable out of the place it connects to. I cleaned the cable, and squeezed a bit of rubbing alcohol into the connector. Let it sit for a bit, then blew it out with compressed air. Voila! most of the keys now worked. Repeated the process and now all of the keys work.

I can imagine that connection being the source of many key problems, even without the battery acid.

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