MacBook :: Right Shift Key Does Not Work

Apr 1, 2012

I purchased a late 2009 13" Macbook with 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB ram as a present for my son in college.  He had problems last year and the top case and motherboard were replaced in early 2011; Recently his battery would not hold a charge and his hard drive failed.  I replaced both and added more ram to speed it up -  now at 8 GB)The right shift key does not work.  I have checked universal access; speech-to-text features are off; checked keyboard - English is chosen; checked keyboard, shift key is not assigned to any function;Left shift key does work.  Right shift key does work on an attached Logitech wireless keyboard.  The key seems to press down okay, just will not capitalize any letters.

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.8), Late 2009


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So it's only the left shift and "w" combination that seems not to work.

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Jan 9, 2010

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Apr 11, 2012

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Feb 15, 2009

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Jan 1, 2010

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Apr 5, 2012

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Apr 12, 2012

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May 8, 2012

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Dec 13, 2009

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Feb 2, 2012

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