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Weird keyboard output error
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Oct 3, 2001, 12:36 AM
I first noticed this problem in the terminal, but it occurs in OS 9.2 and 10.1 in ANY application.

If I type "cd <space>" quickly, it will produce "cdd "

Anyone else seen this problem? Any idea if its keyboard or motherboard?

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Oct 8, 2001, 04:14 PM
I'd have to guess that you have one of those smaller style keyboard that came with the original iMacs, older G4's and not Apple's new extended keyboard. I have seen similar things happen on 2 other macs, except it sounds like what I saw was worse. Basically, what happened on the 2 other macs that I use was that pressing various keys would make 2 things appear and make typing very hard. For example, pressing a 6 would give me a 06.

The solution was that I replaced the keyboards and everything was better.
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Oct 8, 2001, 04:14 PM
Stupid double post.

[ 10-08-2001: Message edited by: Dalgo ]
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Oct 9, 2001, 02:26 PM
I don't really have anything to add, but this reminds me of a strange problem I had years ago with a third party keyboard -- the best keyboard I've ever had...

About once a week, while typing, the keyboard buffer would suddenly, without any reason, be filled with a string of text saying something like the name of a company or something. It was really strange, and originally I thought I had a virus. I eventually traced the problem to the keyboard when I switched the keyboard to a new computer.

Other than that, it was one of the best keyboards I've ever used (except for my Ti keyboard, of course) because it was really, really "clicky". Made a lot of noise, though and bothered my GF when she was trying to sleep.

But that had it's own advantages sometimes. "Oh, Sweetie, you're up?" Well, you know the rest...

Got Vurt? Jeff Noon
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