Apple MacBook, MacBook Pro Keyboard Firmware
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MacBook, MacBook Pro Keyboard Firmware is firmware update that addresses an issue where the first key press may be ignored if the computer has been sitting idle. It also addresses some other issues.

The update package will install an updater application into the Applications/Utilities folder and will launch it automatically. Please follow the instructions in the updater application to complete the update process.
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Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5.2 or later






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Pennyhead reviewed on 09 Jul 2008
Still have issue MBP running 10.5.2.
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easer commented on 20 Feb 2008
I honestly feel for the Tiger people. At the same time, it seems there's no pleasing everyone. I would give anything to be able to run Tiger on my MacBook Pro, but it only allows Leopard. I miss my Unsanity products.
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John-Sawyer-CJS replied on 21 Feb 2008
Easer: are you sure your Macbook Pro runs only Leopard? I know Apple's current specs page for the most recent Macbook Pro, the Late 2007 model, shows it comes with Leopard (as do all new Macs now), but the Late 2007 model was released prior to the release of Leopard, and so I suspect that specs page originally listed Tiger as the version of OS X that it came with. Have you tried installing the generic OS 10.4 onto your Macbook Pro (in other words, not using an installer disc that came with a different Mac model than yours), and then updating it to 10.4.11?
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easer replied on 21 Feb 2008
Yes, I tried all of these things. It claims it cannot be used on this machine. But thanks.
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easer replied on 21 Feb 2008
In fact, specifically, it says "OS X 10.4 cannot be used on this machine." I bought the laptop in mid-January. Perhaps they've done something since 2007.
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John-Sawyer-CJS replied on 22 Feb 2008
Interesting. One of my info references is MacTracker, the utility that lists specs on all Macs Apple has released. It shows the most recent Macbook Pro, is still the Late 2007 model, and that's the name Apple shows in their specs database as being the latest model too. So maybe Apple actually released an "Early 2008" sub-revision, which they don't consider different enough from the Late 2007 models, to list them as a new model--maybe all other specs between these two models are the same. But I think most people would agree that a model that doesn't run OS 10.4.x, would qualify as a new model. Guess Apple thinks different.
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easer replied on 22 Feb 2008
I even tried starting from an external drive. I have 10.4.11 installed on a LaCie drive. I used to be able to start up just fine with that volume when I used my PowerBook G4. But with this MacBook Pro, that drive is not even recognized by Startup Disk. I suppose I could call Apple tech and see what they say. Since I aleady own Leopard, it's not like they'd have to feel pressured to make a sale.
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Leppe commented on 22 Jun 2009
The min. Tiger version you can install is 10.4.3.
You need a Install DVD that came with an Intel Mac! Then you're sure that the Install DVD will be Intel supported.
Don't use the Installer on the DVD!
Try to use Leopard for making a 'Tiger partition'.
Reboot your Mac while holding the C key (force your Mac to boot from DVD).
Or try to reboot while holding the Alt key, then insert the Tiger DVD & press the Reload button when you're sure the DVD is at least 30 sec. in the drive!
Once you have succesfull booted from the Tiger DVD be sure to open DiskUtility and reformat the Tiger partition you have made before you go further... Use the Intel compatible format method!!!! Not the one for PPC Macs!!!

Once you've installed Tiger and did all the Updates (10.4.11, etc.) you can remove, if you want so, the Leopard partition by booting from you're Leopard Install DVD. Run the Leopard DiskUtilty program from the Install DVD & safely remove the Leopard partition. Don't forget to give back the free space you've created by removing the Leopard partition ;)!!! Reboot your Mac again & enjoy Tiger...

This worked for me. On a MacBook & a Intel iMac ( both today 2 years old ).

With regards,
Leppe
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easer replied on 22 Jun 2009
Thanks. The problem is, I have only the original Tiger install disk; I don't have 10.4.3 on a disk. I might be able to try something like Carbon Copy Cloner to install a 10.4.3 (or higher) system on the partitioned drive. I won't be able to play with all of that for awhile though.
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Tournesol commented on 20 Feb 2008
This fix is only for Leopard users, and that kinda su**s. I encourage you to take a look at this site, to speed up a Tiger fix as well.

Site about the issue
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Isidore Nabi replied on 03 Jul 2008
Don't feel too bad. It doesn't work anyway. My MacBook Pro still routinely ignores the first few keystrokes after it's been idle for a few minutes. Just what you need when you're entering password, saving a file, etc., and very nice if you're a programmer--partial variable names just aren't recognized as being the same variables as their complete counterparts.
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PaulNoJustPaul reviewed on 20 Feb 2008
Outstanding! I thought I was going to have to get used to hitting the first key twice or thinking it was just my imagination.

Applied the update earlier today and already have noticed that it's fixed this 'oh I'm sorry, what were you saying?' thing.

Admittedly the miss-the-first-keystroke thing was just a minor annoyance for me, but very happy it's been fixed.
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Tomnibus commented on 19 Feb 2008
Of course, no update for the first generation macBook pro (17") that has this same problem. I'm so darn sick of apple abandoning products when they come out with a revision, especially 6 months after the first comes out.
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mkintac commented on 19 Feb 2008
Is there a version of this for the PowerBooks? They have the same problem.
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bshanker commented on 19 Feb 2008
It would be nice if Apple would also fix this problem for those running Tiger. I am not quite ready to upgrade to Leopard yet...
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Pennyhead commented on 19 Feb 2008
Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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RBasil commented on 19 Feb 2008
Works great! Thanks for fixing this Apple!
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Milka1260 commented on 19 Feb 2008
Oh my god !!!

10.5.2 solves a lot of problems ... and this is the last very annoying on my Macbook pro !!!
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BDog had trouble on 09 Mar 2008
After using my MacBook for 2+ week with this update installed I can say that the issue hasn't manifested itself as often but it has happened at least 3 times. Also, the issue where the keyboard/trackpad completely die (unresponsive, only the power button work) still occurs.
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BDog commented on 23 Mar 2008
OK, once again my laptop has a hardware issue. My MacBook has a flakey logic board. I will reply here again if I have this issue on a known good machine...

8 out of 8 laptops with hardware issues, geeze!!
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miisu had trouble on 27 Feb 2008
after this fimware update on my C2D macbook pro, I lost contact with my sound card and key's stuck down randomly. and now when my laptop goes to sleep there is no way to wake it up - just hold the power button and restart.
... and it's not all, the screens "closed position" is upside down. when I close the book it wakes up and when I open it it goes back to sleep and I have to hit the power button again to restart the machine.

ooo why????!!!! my dear loved mac is going grazy. I'm running a extended hardware test right now ... if there is an hardware problem I will post about it, but if not ... I dont know what to do ...
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MacUpdate-Lon replied on 27 Feb 2008
You might want to try this:

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=303319
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miisu commented on 27 Feb 2008
Thanks but it did not help. still same problems and the hardware scan was ok.
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psychos had trouble on 20 Feb 2008
I only rarely had this problem before on my MacBook Pro, but I installed the update.

Now, in about 12 hours of usage, I've had a key get stuck repeating for 2 - 3 seconds. The keyboard and trackpad became unusable while the key was stuck repeating, and for about 2 seconds afterwards.

This is quite aggravating. This is a much more annoying problem than the previous issue.

Anyone else experiencing this?
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psychos commented on 20 Feb 2008
Typo: In those 12 hours of usage, I actually had the key repeat bug happen twice.
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John-Sawyer-CJS commented on 21 Feb 2008
Sounds like Apple may have messed with the settings for how long to wait before the keyboard responds to a keypress, and how long to wait before judging whether that key is being held down longer than a single keystroke, and thus to repeat. And if it got stuck repeating, that's another thing.
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Date:19 Feb 2008
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MacBook, MacBook Pro Keyboard Firmware is firmware update that addresses an issue where the first key press may be ignored if the computer has been sitting idle. It also addresses some other issues.

The update package will install an updater application into the Applications/Utilities folder and will launch it automatically. Please follow the instructions in the updater application to complete the update process.


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