Model A1181 / 1.83, 2, 2.1, 2.13, 2.16, 2.2, or 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo processor

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Keys must be held down to work

The keyboard of my macbook 13" penryn early 2008 Dual core 2 duo is globally unresponsive.

- Most keys only work if held down for a few seconds.

Interestingly, after holding the a key down, for a few more seconds, the key responds pretty much normally, before becoming again unresponsive to normal touch again a few seconds later.

- Some other keys work fine (e.g. delete)

If using an external keyboard, it works fine.

There was no liquid or other damage to the unit

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The key switches in the MacBooks do break down with age and lots of use.

Luckily, replacing the uppercase is a very easy fix! Here's the IFIXIT guide: MacBook Core 2 Duo Upper Case Replacement. I do recommend you stick with a new case Vs a used one.

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Thanks for answer. I was hoping that the issue could be due to a cable, or maybe some dirt causing connection troubles as the issue affects pretty much all keys in the same manner.

I understand your solution and appreciate it, thanks !

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