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Weird problem: Num lock & Caps lock lights inverted
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badidea
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Dec 12, 2007, 10:55 AM
 
My mom has a Macbook (white, the cheapest) that's about 1,5years old.
A few weeks ago she told me that her macbook is broken because the keyboard doesn't work anymore! I came by and found out that I could only type numbers...but after a little research (I never owned a notebook) I found the num lock key and turned it on - keyboard was now working again but only caps...so I also turned the caps lock on...and finally everything worked as usual, except that both lights were ON instead of OFF!!

I fixed this with a PRAM reset and I also took out the battery and after a few restarts everything was as it should be.

Since last week the problem is back but I cannot fix it anymore this time!!

Any ideas??


Here are a few others with the same problem:

Macbook - Numlock, Capslock & Power light issues - Mac-Forums.com
Macbook Keyboard Issue. Num Lock + Caps - Mac Forums
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zaghahzag
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Dec 12, 2007, 11:36 AM
 
is there an external keyboard in play? I've had this happen with some kind of interplay between sleeping, wireless keyboard.
     
badidea  (op)
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Dec 12, 2007, 11:40 AM
 
No, no external keyboard - just a standard MacBook with no extras!
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Christopera
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Dec 12, 2007, 04:38 PM
 
Sorry to hear that you are having troubles. I have to say that it would be pretty trick to get this to work under circumstances that you are controling.
     
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Dec 12, 2007, 11:54 PM
 
Create a brand-new "test" admin user account, and login to that account. Does the keyboard still do the same weird stuff?
     
badidea  (op)
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Dec 13, 2007, 04:18 AM
 
Originally Posted by amazing View Post
Create a brand-new "test" admin user account, and login to that account. Does the keyboard still do the same weird stuff?
Yes, I already tried that!

But as of yesterday evening the problem is once again gone!
Just for how long this time.....??

Seems to be a hardware problem that is rare but not individual!?
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