View Full Version : Weird Random Key Errors

18th July 2005, 02:10 PM
Today certain keys on my keyboard started creating a mixture of random characters when pressed, though in one instance the words "be happy" came up. Seems to happen across apps: Entourage, Safari, Word, Appleworks. Might be a loose connection, though that "be happy" message is pretty specific. (Haven't had time to check the connections and I'm not there now.)

It also randomly performs other functions. I&#39;ll type <space> and get a weird group of characters, then type it again and the window will minimize, or the "find" dialogue box will open, or the preferences box will open. Seems to be totally random, though isolated to only a few keys.

Have checked my connections, tested usb ports & reset keyboard defaults in prefs.

Any thoughts anyone?

18th July 2005, 03:24 PM
Tried another keyboard, or tried that keyboard on another machine? Your keyboard might be on its way out.

18th July 2005, 04:16 PM
its also worth trying a different user account to see if the same behaviour occurs. That&#39;ll at least tell you if its specific to your login.

18th July 2005, 06:34 PM
Tried that. No change.

Also tried in OS9.


How do I test the keyboard without swapping it?

19th July 2005, 04:27 PM
It was the keyboard.

19th July 2005, 05:08 PM
My friend called me in a fluster last week with the same issue.

I went over there and his keyboards plug wasn&#39;t all the way in the slot.