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keyboard-or-permissions?

by russ666 / March 14, 2008 11:24 PM PDT

i-spilled-Kaluah-laced-coffee-onto-my-old-keyboard!_and-that-ruined-it.
This-new/old-keyboard-i-am-typing-on-now(a-used-recycled-keyboard)does
not-"appear"to-have-a-working-spacebar.....BUT-in-my-original-efforts-to
somehow-get-the-original-keyboard-to-work:(hard-reboot,soft-reboot)
-i-HAD-seen-my-iMac,OSX_10.3.9_SL_screen-doing-some-unexpected-start-up
mode-actions-(like-the-ones-you-might-get-by-holding-down-the-apple
-command-key......i-would-try-now-to-repair
permissions,-but-i-can't-get-past-the-Admin.authorizing-screen.IT-wont
accept-my-Admin-name-because(wouldn't-you-know-it)the-admin-name-which-
i-chose-for-my-sorry-self-is-one-with-a-spacebar-keystroke-as-a-part
-of-it..So...no-correct-admin-name-and-password,no-repairing-permissions.
This-is-my-only-computer,-so-short-of-taking-this-keyboard-back-and-
trading-it-for-another(maybe-also-flawed)is-there-a-keyboard-shortcut
extant-that-can-provide-a-spacebar-keystroke?

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Substitute Keyboard
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / March 15, 2008 3:34 AM PDT

back in the day, there was an application called KeyCaps that would allow you to see what fancy characters could be created by holding down the option key or the Apple key.
It kinda faded away, but like old sailors, it didn't die, it just got posted to another place.

You can do all of this with a mouse.

Go to the system preferences and select International.
Select the Input Menu.
Put a check mark in the Keyboard Viewer box and also in the "Show input menu in menu bar" box
Close out of System Preferences.

Now go to the menu bar, to the little flag thingy (input menu) click and choose, Show Keyboard Viewer clicking on the on-screen keyboard, with the mouse, will solve your problem.

Impressed? Yeah, me too! Happy

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extra step?
by russ666 / March 17, 2008 10:50 PM PDT
In reply to: Substitute Keyboard

Did the great and powerful Wizard of all mac-magic perhaps neglect to include a necessary step, or did this lowly apprentice sorcerer fail to grasp his meaning ? In my own case, (OS x 10.3.9 iMac SL PPC3 768 ram) the little flag thingy opens to a mini window (about an inch long, and a half inch tall and refuses to expand further. so nothing visible to mouse click onto.

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never mind, my error
by russ666 / March 17, 2008 10:58 PM PDT
In reply to: Substitute Keyboard

As is sometimes the case, i failed to discern the obvious. When i went back to system prefs, keyboard viewer was now more promenently displayed for me to click-on the button just as the great wizard promised. many thanks

(apprentice formerly known as Grasshopper)

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(NT) And still an Apprentice, I note. :-)
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / March 18, 2008 6:34 AM PDT
In reply to: never mind, my error
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yes
by russ666 / March 18, 2008 10:11 PM PDT

yes, and ever the supplicant.

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