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It's back. The beeping. The highlighted icon on the desktop. And will not sleep.

I don't know what is happening.

 

I see a lot of reads and yet no responses.

Somebody must have a clue.

 

Please

 

 

FALSE ALARM!

I went to system preferences, keyboard and hit RESTORE DEFAULTS.

I  ecstatic.

All works fine now except for the brightness keys doing the same sound thing.

If anyone knows what that is about I would appreciate it.

 

Thanks!

 

 

 

Early 2009 iMac OSX 10.11.6 El Capitan

 

Hi!

 

Weird happenings in last 2 days:

 

One of 5 Desktop icon is highlighted in blue and will not go away.

Clicking on the others does not open them, only if I right click and choose OPEN.

If I attempt to drag one of them, the only one that moves is the icon highlighted in blue.

If I click on any of the other icons, the highlighted icon flashes too, and they will not open.

If I click on a dock icon the highlighted blue becomes white.

 

The blue bar, when I put the mouse on it to select something, flickers.

When I put the cursor on anything it disappears.

 

It also makes a kind of beeping sound.

 

I ran Malwarebytes ( there were 3 malwares and I removed them and restarted ) and Onyx and nothing came up there.

 

Help please.

 

PS After I just logged out, I hit the yellow button on top left to put the screen on the dock and it started that beeping sound and

then it stopped when I brought it back.

Now if I close a browser, the beeping starts and stops when I open one.

 

Also, two brightness keys on the keyboard activate the sound, not the brightness.

The left key turns it to mute and the right key decreases it.

Also, will not stay asleep.
 

 

Weird stuff.


Edited by itsmesunny, 10 November 2017 - 07:57 AM.

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Not an Apple guy but it could be a stuck keyboard key.

 

http://www.keyboardtester.com/

 

Or try the diagnostics:

 

https://support.appl.../en-us/HT202731


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Thanks Expert,

 

that is a cool little tool to check the keyboard.

There are quite a few that do not work.

 

I believe that the D key startup is only for iMac's prior to 2013. Another Mac person wrote that in a forum.

 

I tried it and it does not work.

It brings up the desktop.

 

Please see my UPDATE below and let me know what you think.


Edited by itsmesunny, 15 November 2017 - 10:09 AM.

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UPDATE:

 

Restore Defaults fixed it for a short time.

 

What I found out is that the liquid spill on my keyboard a few months ago is what is causing the beeping etc.

It was suggested to me. I plugged in my old iMac keyboard and the beeping stopped.

 It works just fine, just like a typewriter.  :yes:

 

I was amazed. I had no idea that a spill could do that, let alone months later.

 

This keyboard is beautiful and I cannot afford to purchase another so my question is -

 

Has anyone done the dishwasher (no soap) and dry clean? I see several youtube videos of people doing that.

It sounds crazy and yet it does not - ? - there are comments of people doing it and writing that it works fine.

 

My keyboard is the wired A1243 numeric keyboard.

 

Thoughts and thanks.


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No idea.  I work in the PC world and our keyboards are so cheap we just toss them and get a new one.  I would be afraid that my dishwasher would melt it.  Perhaps a good soak and let it dry for a few days?


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Not an Apple guy but it could be a stuck keyboard key.

 

http://www.keyboardtester.com

 

Or try the diagnostics:

 

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202731

 

 

Is there a diagnostic for Pre 2013 Macs?

 

I have been thinking, what about cleaning the keys that do not work after using the handy little keyboard tester?

 

I don't see how that could hurt and who knows - it might just do the trick.

 

 


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This is all i can find on the pre 2013 diagnostics:

 

https://support.appl.../en-us/HT201257

 

Don't suppose it would hurt to try to clean the keyboard.  Not worth much as it is.


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